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Getting Animal Research Right

By | March 1, 2016

Regulatory and compliance expectations for animal-based research are demanding, while public and political scrutiny of animal research is rising.


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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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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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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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Regulations for Biosimilars

By | June 1, 2012

As biologic drug patents begin to expire, generic versions will hit the market—but how will they be regulated?


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One Year On

By | March 1, 2012

Some thoughts about the ecological fallout from Fukushima


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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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