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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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The Global Science Era

By Ephraim M. Govere | May 1, 2016

As international collaboration becomes increasingly common, researchers must work to limit their own biases and let cultural diversity enhance their work.


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Scientific Literacy Redefined

By Cynthia Brandenburg | February 1, 2016

Researchers could become better at engaging in public discourse by more fully considering the social and cultural contexts of their work.


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Body, Heal Thyself

By Jason Liebowitz | September 1, 2015

Reviving a decades-old hypothesis of autoimmunity


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Hurdles for Hearing Restoration

By Bernd Fritzsch | September 1, 2015

Given the diverse cell types and complex structure of the human inner ear, will researchers ever be able to re-create it?

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Think Before You Fire

By Sarah Ramsay | May 1, 2015

Industry layoffs may save a few dollars, at the cost of losing the collective brainpower of thousands of scientists.


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Control ALT, Delete Cancer

By Haroldo Silva, David Halvorsen, and Jeremy D. Henson | April 1, 2015

Treating cancer by shutting down the alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) pathway

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The Challenges of Precision

By Adam Marcus | April 1, 2015

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

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Facing Down Emerging Viruses

By Michal Barski | 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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Science Gone Social

By Sara K. Yeo, Michael A. Cacciatore, Dominique Brossard, Dietram A. Scheufele, and Michael A. Xenos | October 1, 2014

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


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