In the last few months I have gotten so much biotech SPAM and last week I did something that added to the deluge. I got my email from where I used to work (The Institute for Genomic Research, also known as TIGR) forwarded to my current account. I still am doing projects with TIGR (well, TIGR technically does not exist anymore - it is now part of the J. Craig Venter Institute also known as the JVCI) so they have been kind enough to let me keep getting my email from there at least until my projects with them are over.
The problem with this is that many biotech. companies latch onto email addresses associated with TIGR/JCVI like, well, leeches. And they never seem to let go. And if you combine my TIGR, gmail, and Davis accounts, I get a lot of unsolicited email advertisements from biotech companies. I get so much that I am now going to fight back, again, by posting names of organizations that send biotech-related such unsolicited advertisements.
Here are some of the recent scofflaws in my inbox:
- Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre. #1 Worst offender. I have unsubscribed from their email lists 100s of times and still keep getting their inane ads for various services. It is entirely possible they do useful stuff. But by the amount of SPAM they send out, I would doubt it.
- EZBiolab - many emails from them.
- Beckman Coullter - I have unsubscribed from their lists before but every once in a while get back on them
- NIH - they seem to give out email addresses way too freely.
- Drug Discovery News - can't seem to get off their lists
- Invitrogen (I have unsubscribed many times but keep getting new things from them).
- Infocast Inc
- qPCR news
- Campbell Alliance