I'm always on the look-out for new applications of the open source idea, so I was delighted to come across The Synaptic Link. The name - and mission - is explained as follows:
Biomedical science is indivisible. The physical and psychological barriers that divide scientific communities are ultimately artificial and counterproductive. We see online collaboration as a natural way to bridge these gaps and pool information that is currently too fragmented for anyone to use. An open, collaborative research community will find new ways to do science, answering questions that current institutions find difficult or impossible. The Synaptic Leap’s mission is to empower scientists to make the dream a reality.
There are some interesting links at the bottom of the page linked to above. (Via Nodalpoint.org.)