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Going Beyond the Lab

By Dean Hamer | July 1, 2014

Scientists who study the biological roots of sexual orientation should continue working with educators, policy-makers, and the public to put their data to good use.

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To Study Unfettered

By Michael Bailey | July 1, 2014

Researching the causes of sexual orientation should be guided by scientific, not social, concerns.

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Wild Relatives

By Colin K. Khoury, Hannes Dempewolf, and Nora P. Castañeda-Álvarez | 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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Psychiatry: An SOS Call

By Robert E. Becker | May 1, 2014

Social policies shaped the practice of psychiatry in the past. As the discipline becomes ever more scientific, the effects of social policy on patient well-being must not be ignored.

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The Great Divide

By Didier Schmitt | December 1, 2013

A two-way bridge between science and policy is desperately needed.

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Defending Against Plagiarism

By Jonathan Bailey | June 1, 2013

Publishers need to be proactive about detecting and deterring copied text.

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Misconduct Around the Globe

By Richard Smith and Tracey Koehlmoos | June 1, 2013

Research misconduct is not limited to the developed world, but few countries anywhere are responding adequately.

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Researchers, Hire Hackers

By Zeke Nierenberg and Martina Steurer-Muller | 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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DIYbio: Low Risk, High Potential

By Todd Kuiken | 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 Dustin T. Holloway | March 1, 2013

How should the government ensure the safety and responsibility of do-it-yourself biologists?

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