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The Great Divide

By | December 1, 2013

A two-way bridge between science and policy is desperately needed.


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Proceed with Caution

By | October 1, 2013

While genomic data sharing is essential for research, scientists must work to keep sensitive, potentially damaging information under wraps.

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Border Buffers

By | April 1, 2013

Protected areas help to conserve imperiled tropical forests, but many are struggling to sustain their resident species.


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DIYbio: Low Risk, High Potential

By | March 1, 2013

Citizen scientists can inspire innovation and advance science education—and they are proving adept at self-policing.


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Regulating Amateurs

By | March 1, 2013

How should the government ensure the safety and responsibility of do-it-yourself biologists?


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Medicines for the World

By | October 1, 2012

A global R&D treaty could boost innovation and improve the health of the world’s poor—and rich.


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Science and Democracy

By | October 1, 2012

Researchers and conscientious citizens must unite against the partisan rancor in American politics and restore the role of scientific information in policymaking.

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One Year On

By | March 1, 2012

Some thoughts about the ecological fallout from Fukushima


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An Evolving Science for an Evolving Time

By | January 1, 2012

Twenty-first century challenges to the public health of all the world’s populations require forward-looking commitments from epidemiologists.


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Desperately Seeking Radioisotopes

By | July 1, 2011

New strategies are needed to address the current and future shortages of radioisotopes that threaten medical research and treatment.


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