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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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Stress Tests

By | September 1, 2012

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

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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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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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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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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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