Friday, May 05, 2006

The Brain of San Diego . . .

. . . is not located at City Hall or the County Administration building. It's on Torrey Pines Mesa, a neural soup of brilliant research. UC San Diego, the Salk Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, Burnham Institute, many other academic centers and biotech and high-tech companies all share this extraordinarily beautiful coastal location.

I was on the mesa yesterday to do an interview at Scripps Clinic for a health care story. (I've recently begun covering health care after years of writing about business). As always when I visit, I was impressed by what has been built here. The biotechy feel is unmistakable. A bus stop there has an ad for an esoteric biological test, or assay, that not one in 1,000 sun-soaked San Diegans would recognize. Bio-speak is part of the air.

After the interview, I took the scenic route on North Torrey Pines Road past Torrey Pines State Reserve. Down the hill, I drove between the estuary and Torrey Pines State Beach, then got back onto I-5. Click on the link to see the beauty.

Enjoy your Friday!

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