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The Challenges of Precision

By | April 1, 2015

Researchers face roadblocks to treating an individual patient’s cancer as a unique disease.

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Quantity or Quality?

By | March 1, 2015

Living longer doesn’t necessarily mean living healthier.

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Sharing Longevity Data

By | March 1, 2015

Aging research would greatly benefit from consistently making annotated life span data available.


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Facing Down Emerging Viruses

By | February 1, 2015

A better knowledge of the pathogenesis of emerging zoonotic diseases is crucial if we want to prepare for “the next Ebola.”


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Overspending on Overhead

By | February 1, 2015

Federal research dollars are needlessly wasted as scientists spend more and more of their time trying to recoup operational costs.


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Assessing Research Productivity

By , and | January 1, 2015

A new way of evaluating academics’ research output using easily obtained data


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Incentivizing Breakthroughs

By | December 1, 2014

With scientific funding on shaky ground, big-dollar competitions offer a new way for life-science innovators to bring their ideas to fruition.

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Loaded Words

By | December 1, 2014

As new technologies emerge, we must choose our words for them with care: names can negatively bias the inevitable debates over the ethics of scientific advances.


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Enhanced Enhancers

By | November 1, 2014

The recent discovery of super-enhancers may offer new drug targets for a range of diseases.


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Science Gone Social

By , , , and | October 1, 2014

Scientists are beginning to embrace social media as a viable means of communicating with public audiences.


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