BetterBio empowers all of us to explore, investigate and direct the science, ethics and political economy of the biotechnology industry.
BetterBio will provide the forum and tools for in-depth, investigative biotechnology reporting and analysis, empowering communities to discuss, dissect and analyze the economic, environmental and cultural effects of the biotech industry. By more directly connecting the boardroom and the research lab to national discussion of bio-innovations, BetterBio will tell biotechnology stories that would not otherwise be told to audiences that would not otherwise be considered. We are determined to create the forum and tools all you have to do is show up.
BetterBio will deliver meaningful, accessible news about biotechnology and its impact on our lives. To that end, BetterBio makes the following commitments:
1. BetterBio will facilitate public conversations about what information you need to know, how to best learn about it, and how to get involved in telling the story.
2. BetterBio will cover the most relevant fields within biotechnology--including biomedicine, agricultural biotech and biofuel--with rigor and objectivity. We will explore these fields critically through environmental, economic and social lenses.
3. BetterBio will keep the principles of transparency and honesty at the forefront of our decisions concerning the editorial process, our funding sources, and the technology we use.
4. BetterBio will partner with complimentary publications, businesses and organizations to achieve our goals, unless doing so would knowingly contradict our mission.
5. BetterBio will establish its own set of best practices for reporting on the life sciences. We will constantly refine those practices so we can teach them to others and democratize science journalism.
6. BetterBio will cite to and identify primary sources whenever feasible, except where doing so would lead to significant economic, physical or emotional harm. We will be accountable to our audience.
BetterBio was founded by Khadijah Britton, a journalist, lawyer and MPH Candidate at Boston University. Ms. Britton has expertise in patent law, biologic economics, biodiversity and the health and safety implications of biotechnology research. In her own words:
I did not grow up dreaming to one day wear a lab coat. When I won the science fair my freshman year of high school, I expressed my surprise to the sponsor of the fair. I'm a writer, I explained, at which he brightened: Great! Do you want a job? Thus began my career in science-based reporting, as a columnist in his biomedical company's newsletter. Over the years, I realized my obsession with translating between this industry and the general public is rare and underfunded. It is also personal. The knowledge imbalances and health disparities that inspired BetterBio were the same ones that led my mother to innocently follow doctor's orders, giving me round after round of antibiotics when I was young. Since I was fourteen, I have spent most of my life fighting antibiotic resistant bacterial infections, sometimes missing school for months at a time. I am dedicated to helping others avoid such medically unnecessary fates, and to empowering them as agents that create a healthy world.