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Wild Relatives

By , and | June 1, 2014

As rich sources of genetic diversity, the progenitors and kin of today’s food crops hold great promise for improving production in agriculture’s challenging future.

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Researchers, Hire Hackers

By | May 1, 2013

Clinical researchers need programming support to streamline their work, minimize error in the data, and find new trends that can point to better treatments.


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Variety Is the Spice of Life

By | February 1, 2013

True understanding of the complexity of biological systems demands an assortment of model systems.


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Little Fish in a Big Pond

By | November 1, 2012

Continued overfishing of forage fish such as sardines and herring can result in devastating ecological and economic outcomes.

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Stress Tests

By | September 1, 2012

Judiciously applied pressure could benefit the scientific system by providing an opportunity for renewal.


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Cooking Up Creative Solutions

By | May 1, 2012

More collaborators and more data are the key ingredients.


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One Year On

By | March 1, 2012

Some thoughts about the ecological fallout from Fukushima


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Never Say Never

By | February 1, 2012

Novel observations can sometimes be correct for unexpected reasons.


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From Test Tube to Hypodermic Needle

By | December 1, 2011

A prescription for educating the public on the value of using animals in medical research


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Avoiding Animal Testing

By | December 1, 2011

Advances in cell-culture technologies are paving the way to the complete elimination of animals from the laboratory.


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