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Opinion: Understanding and Coping With Rising Publication Costs

By M. Bishr Omary and Theodore S. Lawrence | September 1, 2017

As article processing charges top $5,000 at some research journals, authors and institutions have means of negotiating better deals or finding less expensive options.

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Opinion: Address Taxonomic Skew

By Malcolm F. Rosenthal and Maydianne C.B. Andrade | May 30, 2017

The domination of model organisms and charismatic megafauna in the literature is a disservice to the life sciences.

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Opinion: Why I Published in a Predatory Journal

By John H. McCool | April 6, 2017

Our totally bogus case report swiftly passed muster, with only minor revisions requested.

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Measuring PD-L1 levels was a great start. Now we need to quantify more protein biomarkers, assess the tumor mutational landscape, and examine immune cell signatures, too.

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Opinion: Birds of a Feather?

By Geoffrey E. Hill | March 10, 2017

Taking into account the interaction of nuclear and mitochondrial genes in birds holds the promise of more objectively defining what constitutes a species.

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image: Opinion: Improving FDA Evaluations Without Jeopardizing Safety and Efficacy

Opinion: Improving FDA Evaluations Without Jeopardizing Safety and Efficacy

By John D. Loike and Jennifer Miller | February 1, 2017

What can be done to lower development costs and drug prices?

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image: Opinion: Ethical Considerations of “Three-Parent” Babies

Opinion: Ethical Considerations of “Three-Parent” Babies

By John D. Loike and Nancy Reame | December 22, 2016

Mitochondrial replacement therapy raises important societal and ethical concerns, but should be embraced for its utility in preventing disease.

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Opinion: An Ethical Code for Conferences

By Wolf B. Frommer | December 2, 2016

This fundamental form of scientific communication is threatened by modern recording technology and researchers who refuse to adhere to an age-old ethical code. 

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Opinion: Not All Genetic Databases Are Equal

By Charles M. Strom | December 1, 2016

Sorting out which data sets are clinical-grade is key to helping patients.

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Opinion: Aging, Just Another Disease

By Mutaz Musa | November 1, 2016

No longer considered an inevitability, growing older should be and is being treated like a chronic condition. 

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