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What the Internet says about Science

By | July 18, 2005

The Web has changed the way in which many researchers access scientific information, conduct research, communicate their findings, and share data.


A Manhattan Project for Bioterrorism

By | July 4, 2005

A new "Manhattan Project" to combat bioterrorism has been proposed by US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and many others.


Scientific Knowledge as a Public Good

By | June 20, 2005

Life scientists are accustomed to thinking about quantifying the products of their knowledge in terms of such things as papers published, discoveries made, or, in the case of applied science, diseases treated.


How to Fix Peer Review

By | June 6, 2005

Despite its importance as the ultimate gatekeeper of scientific publication and funding, peer review is known to engender bias, incompetence, excessive expense, ineffectiveness, and corruption.


As scientists at the National Institutes of Health, we share the belief of director Elias Zerhouni and others, including Congress and the US public, that any financial conflict of interest at the agency is unacceptable and should be absolutely prohibited by regulations.


Sharing Stem Cell Information

By | May 9, 2005

Like many fellow California human embryonic stem cell researchers, I am looking forward to taking full advantage of the remarkable opportunity that the state's voters have offered us in the form of $3 billion in funding over the next 10 years.


Biology is undergoing a fundamental shift from a descriptive to a quantitative, and ultimately, predictive science.


US Scientists Dominate as Journal Gatekeepers

By | March 14, 2005

exert a special influence on the orchestration of international research activity


Science Education Needs Case Studies

By | February 28, 2005

My very first year teaching, I was humbled by a student in my animal physiology class at the University of Alaska.


Ensnared in the Web

By | February 14, 2005

On April 30, 2003, my office phone rang.


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