Jonathan R Latham, PhD, is co-founder and executive director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the editor of Independent Science News. Dr Latham is also the director of the Poison Papers project, which publicizes documents of the chemical industry and its regulators. Dr. Latham holds a Masters degree in crop genetics and a PhD in virology. He was subsequently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published scientific papers in disciplines as diverse as plant ecology, plant virology, genetics, and genetic engineering. Dr Latham talks frequently at international events and scientific and regulatory conferences on the research conducted by the Project. He has written for Truthout, MIT Technology Review, The Guardian, Resilience, Salon.com, and many other magazines and websites. He is writing a book about the subject of his workshop, tentatively titled The Myth of the Master Molecule: Genetics and the Demise of Democracy.