1: PREFACE (Topical foreclosures)

BioCarta is not a natural conincidence. It is a result of over twenty five years of conversations and meetings with people; enthusiastic failings; false starts; fierce self-preservation instincts; unmet promises; unreliable actors; sticky memes; messy definitions; partisan opinion; precarious enterprises; dubious ethics; maddening stereotypes and uncalibrated voices.

This preface offers a drive-by inspection of some of the properties that informed the development of BioCarta.

In naming and describing these properties, the aim is to recover some territory from behaviors, actors, histories and futures gone bad.