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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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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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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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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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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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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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