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Opinion: Turkey’s Scientists Under Pressure

By Elaine Howard Ecklund, David R. Johnson, and Kirstin R.W. Matthews | September 14, 2016

The embattled country’s research enterprise is at risk following a failed coup, designed to overthrow a regime that shows continued hostility toward science.

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Opinion: Retool Biomedical PhD Admissions

By Viviane Callier and Gary McDowell | August 30, 2016

It is unethical to admit increasing numbers of students to graduate programs without considering the realities of the job market.

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Opinion: GMOs Are Not “Frankenfoods”

By Dov Greenbaum and Mark Gerstein | August 30, 2016

It behooves the scientific community to reflect on the public’s “Franken-” characterization of genetically modified foods.

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Opinion: A Baseball Analogy

By Dean Tantin | July 26, 2016

Stiff competition under the current biomedical publishing model prevents important work from reaching a wider community in a timely manner. 

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Opinion: Two Steps Toward Establishing Priority of Discovery

By Ronald Vale and Anthony Hyman | July 19, 2016

Establishing priority of a new finding is best achieved through a combination of a rapid, scientist-controlled disclosure followed by subsequent validation, through journal-based peer review and other mechanisms.

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Opinion: Target the Vector

By Mirco Junker | June 28, 2016

Officials’ increased emphasis on mosquito control could benefit public health efforts beyond the ongoing Zika outbreak. 

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Opinion: The Zika Effect

By Vincent Racaniello | May 27, 2016

Three reasons why virologists are flocking to study this emerging virus

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Opinion: Reimagining the Paper

By Ahmed Alkhateeb | May 2, 2016

Breaking down lengthy, narrative-driven biomedical articles into brief reports on singular observations or experiments could increase reproducibility and accessibility in the literature.

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Opinion: Share Data for All Diseases

By Elizabeth Marincola | April 28, 2016

Along with his recent $250 million donation to cancer research, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker emphasized the importance of data sharing.

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Book Review: Personal Trials

By Arthur L. Caplan | March 22, 2016

At first blush, do-it-yourself clinical trials seem pointless and reckless. But a deeper truth pervades the research and the patients who drive it forward.

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