Arguing about scientific topics is always a fraught endeavor. Part of the problem—whether you’re discussing GMOs, the measles vaccine, or some other controversial topic—is that finding relevant research isn’t easy for people who don’t spend their days poring through scientific journals.
Search for “measles vaccine” on Google, for example, and you’ll get the standard CDC information along with a series of news articles about the recent Disneyland measles outbreak and the autism/measles vaccine myth. Good luck finding any real research.
Sparrho is like the Google for scientific papers—and patents, posters, events, and grants. Just type in keywords, like “GMO food,” and you’ll soon have access to all the latest research. Here’s a snapshot of what comes up when you search for GMO food:
As you can see, the latest results are up-to-date (I performed the search on March 6). Some are accessible to laypeople, some are not. That’s because Vivian Chan, Sparrho’s CEO and co-founder, originally designed the platform for herself. “I was doing my PhD at Cambridge University, and realized using search engines for science doesn’t work. There are all of these databases out there, but you have to know exactly what it is you’re looking for,” she says.