Opinion: Hunting a Changing Virus
Opinion: Hunting a Changing Virus
A broad and nimble sequencing program is necessary to track, anticipate, and quash SARS-CoV-2 and other dangerous pathogens that threaten humanity.
Opinion: Hunting a Changing Virus
Opinion: Hunting a Changing Virus

A broad and nimble sequencing program is necessary to track, anticipate, and quash SARS-CoV-2 and other dangerous pathogens that threaten humanity.

A broad and nimble sequencing program is necessary to track, anticipate, and quash SARS-CoV-2 and other dangerous pathogens that threaten humanity.

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Opinion: Comparing Coronaviruses
Opinion: Comparing Coronaviruses
Nicola Petrosillo | Jun 1, 2021
In addition to continued scruitiny of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, research on similar pathogens could aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and future disease outbreaks.
Opinion: Science Advocacy in the Post-Trump Era
Opinion: Science Advocacy in the Post-Trump Era
Melissa Varga and Shreya Durvasula | May 1, 2021
The election of Donald Trump brought about a sea change in activism among researchers. How will the movement change now that Trump is out of office?
Opinion: AI Could Aid Cancer Diagnosis, but Caution Is Needed
Opinion: AI Could Aid Cancer Diagnosis, but Caution Is Needed
Adewole S. Adamson | Apr 1, 2021
While machine learning could improve detection of tumors at their earliest stages, it also risks identifying malignancies that would never cause the patient any harm.
Opinion: Toward Better Data Sharing
Opinion: Toward Better Data Sharing
Sergey Plis and Vince Calhoun | Mar 1, 2021
The network effect can improve the ways that biomedical researchers collaborate.
Improving the Advisor/Advisee Relationship
Improving the Advisor/Advisee Relationship
Angela E. Boag and Nathalie Isabelle Chardon | Feb 1, 2021
Academic mentors are not necessarily natural managers. Their graduate students often bear the brunt of this shortcoming.
Opinion: Blowing the Whistle on Research Grant Fraud
Opinion: Blowing the Whistle on Research Grant Fraud
Joseph Gentile | Jan 1, 2021
Reporting cases of misconduct in the context of federal science funding can be a daunting task. But mechanisms to support whistleblowers do exist.
Citations Are the Currency of Science
Citations Are the Currency of Science
Sibrandes Poppema | Dec 1, 2020
Then there are the counterfeiters.
Opinion: Using Pokémon to Detect Scientific Misinformation
Opinion: Using Pokémon to Detect Scientific Misinformation
Matan Shelomi | Nov 1, 2020
Predatory journals are especially dangerous during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Opinion: Scientists Must Battle the Disinformation Pandemic
Opinion: Scientists Must Battle the Disinformation Pandemic
Genna Reed | Oct 1, 2020
Fighting the spread of an infectious disease goes hand in hand with stemming the dissemination of lies, bad science, and misdirection.
Opinion: Coronavirus Pandemic Highlights Dangers of Health Disparities
Opinion: Coronavirus Pandemic Highlights Dangers of Health Disparities
Matthew Dacso, Kara McArthur, Clifford Dacso | Jul 13, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is exposing the underlying biological dangers of being a minority in the US.
Is Modern Media Destroying Our Memories?
Is Modern Media Destroying Our Memories?
Jared Cooney Horvath | May 1, 2020
It seems as though the more we embrace external technologies, the more our memory faculties deteriorate. But the truth might just be scarier.
Opinion: We Still Lack Evidence that Cannabis Treats Cancer Pain
Opinion: We Still Lack Evidence that Cannabis Treats Cancer Pain
Jason Boland and Elaine Boland | Apr 1, 2020
Only an equal mixture of THC and CBD has been adequately tested, and it failed to alleviate pain in cancer patients.
Opinion: Crafting a Cure for Plant Blindness
Opinion: Crafting a Cure for Plant Blindness
M. Timothy Rabanus-Wallace | Mar 1, 2020
The plant awareness revolution will be led by poets, philosophers, and hipsters; not just scientists.
Opinion: Exorcising Ghostwriting from Peer Review
Opinion: Exorcising Ghostwriting from Peer Review
James L. Sherley | Jan 13, 2020
Training young scientists to review submitted manuscripts should be an academic exercise, not a facet of professional scientific publishing.
Opinion: Interdisciplinary Approach Needed to Crack Morphogenesis
Opinion: Interdisciplinary Approach Needed to Crack Morphogenesis
Joshua Finkelstein, Kelly McLaughlin, and Michael Levin | Dec 1, 2019
Physicists, geneticists, computer scientists, and biologists are working together to gain a full appreciation of the intricacies of organismal growth and form.
The Dawn of Universal Ecology
The Dawn of Universal Ecology
Mark Colyvan, John Damuth, and Lev R. Ginzburg | Nov 1, 2019
Will the study of interactions between living things ever mirror the fundamental nature of physics and mathematics?
Opinion: Develop Organoids, Not Chimeras, for Transplantation
Opinion: Develop Organoids, Not Chimeras, for Transplantation
John D. Loike and Robert Pollack | Oct 1, 2019
Scientists are devising human-animal hybrids for harvesting human organs, but lab-derived mini-organs are a less ethically fraught solution to meeting the need for transplantation.
Opinion: Greater Diversity Is Needed in Human Genomic Data
Opinion: Greater Diversity Is Needed in Human Genomic Data
Charles Lee | Sep 1, 2019
Researchers must ensure that the inequality seen in most of today’s genomic studies and databases is corrected.
Opinion: New Repository Will Hold the World’s Microbial Riches
Opinion: New Repository Will Hold the World’s Microbial Riches
Jack Gilbert, Rob Knight, Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, and Martin Blaser | Jun 1, 2019
The Microbiota Vault takes a holistic approach to preserving Earth’s microscopic diversity.