Laurie Goodman, PhD, is the Editor-in-Chief for the new international open-access open-data journal GigaScience, co-published by BGI and BioMed Central. Dr. Goodman received a BS and MS from Stanford University in 1986, and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago in 1991. During her graduate work, she published a novel, A Spell of Deceit, with Del Rey Books. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado at Boulder then left the bench in 1995 to work as Assistant Editor at Nature Genetics. In 1997, she moved to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to become the founding Editor of Genome Research and Managing Editor of Learning & Memory. Wanting to spend more time writing, she joined the Journal of Clinical Investigation in March 2004 as the News Writer and Editor. In 2006, she served as the Director for the Broad Institute Museum during its incipient year. In addition to launching GigaScience, she carries out manuscript writing seminars and owns the USA-based company Goodman Writing & Editing, which provides high-level editing of scientific manuscripts and grants, with a specialty in editing manuscripts from non-native English speakers.