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Opinion: Misleading Drug Trials

By | May 14, 2012

Amgen’s incomplete report on an early major trial of epoetin misled the medical community about the anemia drug’s risks and benefits—and helped make Amgen rich.

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Opinion: Academia Suppresses Creativity

By | May 9, 2012

By discouraging change, universities are stunting scientific innovation, leadership, and growth.

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Opinion: Missing Methods

By | May 3, 2012

A lack of methodological detail in the published literature threatens the foundation of scientific discourse.

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Opinion: Politics Doesn’t Threaten Owl

By | April 30, 2012

A US Fish and Wildlife official responds to the assertion that the northern spotted owl is being mismanaged by government.

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Pigeon GPS Identified

By | April 26, 2012

A population of neurons in pigeon brains encodes direction, intensity, and polarity of the Earth’s magnetic field.

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image: Opinion: A TB Vaccine Blueprint

Opinion: A TB Vaccine Blueprint

By | April 23, 2012

With 12 new tuberculosis vaccines in clinical development, a plan is needed to introduce the most effective ones throughout the world.

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Opinion: Data to Knowledge to Action

By | April 18, 2012

Introducing DELSA Global, a community initiative to connect experts, share data, and democratize science.

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Insect Battles, Big and Small

By | April 10, 2012

Social insect soldiers not only protect the colony from insect invasions; some also secrete strong antifungal compounds to kill microscopic enemies.

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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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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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