Help wanted, redux

A little while ago I invited interested scientists to volunteer to write for Ouroboros. The initial response was impressive and resulted in three new contributors (lizewen, turritopsis and an aged post-doc). I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome, so I’m going to try a second round.

Do you want to write for Ouroboros? The three main criteria are as follows:

  • Be a working scientist in a field relevant to the biology of aging.
  • Have strong English writing skills, and a perfectionist streak about your prose.
  • Be willing and able to commit to writing a ~500-word post based on a recent journal article about the biology of aging, around once every two weeks.

Writers tend to converge on subjects that interest them, so it would be nice if you had a sense of what sort of pieces you’d like to cover. Our recent crop of new contributors are working on calorie restriction, transcriptomics and systems biology, and telomeres, but that leaves a lot of ground uncovered. Here are some topics I’d love to have someone covering:

  • mitochondria (perhaps including oxidative damage)
  • neurodegeneration
  • protein degradation and autophagy
  • model organisms (e.g., “all worm studies” or “yeast as a model system”)
  • cellular senescence
  • stem cells

The list isn’t exhaustive; those are just examples. Hopefully your choice of subject would be a subfield in which you have some formal expertise, though that’s not a requirement (clearly, I’m mostly dealing in subjects in which I have no training other than my general biological background).

If you’re interested, let me know via email. The way we’ve done it so far is that interested parties make an inquiry, submit a ~500-word test article to see how well we work together, and then go forward from there.



  1. This sounds like one of those “all interested, please take one step forward” sorts of posts. You know what I mean, when everyone else takes one step in the opposite direction?

    This isn’t my topic area or I may volunteer myself. I find it interesting that it’s sooo hard to recruit people to blog or even to post comments.

    But I’m there for you Chris, reading most of the posts. Just spending too much time browsing Friend Feed now to make any other activity productive.

  2. Thanks Jim!

    Actually the last round garnered three pretty talented new writers, so I’m hopeful that this attempt brings in a few more. Heck, once I get to ten or so, I can retire. 🙂

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