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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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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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Food for Thought

By | June 1, 2012

Plant research remains grossly underfunded, despite the demand for increased crop production to support a growing population.


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One Year On

By | March 1, 2012

Some thoughts about the ecological fallout from Fukushima


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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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Hard and Harder

By | June 5, 2011

The path to eradicating malaria in Africa involves much more than just a vaccine.


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Another Revolution Needed?

By | March 1, 2011

Counting the many plagues that threaten research in the Middle East and North Africa region

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At the Tipping Point

By | February 1, 2011

Data standards need to be introduced—now.


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Garage Innovation

By | January 1, 2011

The potential costs of regulating synthetic biology must be counted against putative benefits.



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