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Opinion: Misguided Science Policy?

By | April 10, 2012

The pitfalls of using public meetings as surrogate gauges of public opinion

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News from Cancer Meeting

By | April 4, 2012

A roundup of recent research announced this week at the annual conference of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

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Multiple Strikes Against Autism

By | April 4, 2012

Scientists discover new autism genes and a non-coding RNA thought to contribute to the disorder.

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Ants Share Pathogens for Immunity

By | April 3, 2012

A new study shows that grooming by ants promotes colony-wide resistance to fungal infections by transferring small amounts of pathogen to nestmates.

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image: Opinion: The Risk of Forgoing Vaccines

Opinion: The Risk of Forgoing Vaccines

By | April 3, 2012

Herd immunity, or the protection of individuals who are not vaccinated due to generally high vaccination rates within a population, does not currently exist in many pockets of the US.

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Next Generation: Painless Vaccine Patch

By | April 2, 2012

Vaccination via tiny microneedles elicits a powerful immune response in the skin.

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image: Opinion: Saving an Owl from Politics

Opinion: Saving an Owl from Politics

By | March 26, 2012

The imperiled northern spotted owl faces extinction if efforts enacted to save it continue to put politics ahead of science.

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image: Opinion: A Truly Public Lab?

Opinion: A Truly Public Lab?

By | March 21, 2012

Should the healthcare system support health and wellness data tracking for the purposes of long-term observational studies?

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image: Opinion: Academic Publishing Is Broken

Opinion: Academic Publishing Is Broken

By | March 19, 2012

The current system by which academics publish their scientific discoveries is a massive waste of money.

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image: Opinion: On the Gene Patent Debate

Opinion: On the Gene Patent Debate

By | March 7, 2012

Two key patent cases that no doubt will impact the future of personalized medicine are pending review by the US Supreme Court. What will the Court decide?

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