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Opinion: Splashing Cold Water on Poop Transplants for Weight Loss
Gut microbiome–based solutions hold promise for addressing obesity, but are they overhyped?
Opinion: Splashing Cold Water on Poop Transplants for Weight Loss
Opinion: Splashing Cold Water on Poop Transplants for Weight Loss

Gut microbiome–based solutions hold promise for addressing obesity, but are they overhyped?

Gut microbiome–based solutions hold promise for addressing obesity, but are they overhyped?

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Opinion: Changing When and How Much We Eat May Extend Healthspan
Joseph S. Takahashi and Carla B. Green | Aug 1, 2022
Fasting, eating only at certain times of day, and restricting overall calorie intake can collectively contribute to lifespan extensions in animals. Could the same hold true in humans?
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Opinion: Many Clinical Trials Fail to Navigate the Literature
Jacky Sheng, Jonathan Kimmelman, and Deborah Zarin | Jul 5, 2022
Too often, studies that aim to develop new treatments for patients fail to adequately cite and build upon research that preceded them.
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Opinion: Is Open Access Worth the Cost?
Jingshan S. Du | Jun 1, 2022
As we continue to transition out of the print era of scientific publishing, funders and institutions are paying a steep price to have trustworthy publishers certify research outcomes.
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Opinion: How Large International Collaborations Have Fared in the Pandemic
Sadye Paez, Giulio Formenti, and Erich D. Jarvis | May 2, 2022
COVID-19 has challenged the progress of Big Science. Here are the lessons learned.
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Opinion: Climate Change Is Dangerous to Your Health
Mark Kessel and Rick Elbaum | Apr 4, 2022
In addition to causing more frequent natural disasters, global warming can have long-term health effects, which range from heat stress to mosquito-borne disease.
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Opinion: How to Confront Anti-Science Sentiment
Bill Sullivan | Mar 1, 2022
Reaching a science skeptic is not a matter of credentials; it’s a matter of heart.
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Opinion: What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About the Importance of Testing
Mark Kessel | Feb 1, 2022
The pandemic has yielded many lessons. One is that adequate and well-distributed diagnostics are key to battling disease outbreaks.
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Opinion: Dismantling Anti-vaccine Rhetoric on Social Media
Federico Germani and Nikola Biller-Andorno | Jan 4, 2022
Can requiring users of Facebook and other platforms to pass critical thinking tests stem the tide of widely disseminated misinformation?
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Opinion: Using Data to Hire High-Impact Faculty
Georges Belfort | Dec 1, 2021
Selecting researchers who will drive research agendas forward requires a more quantitative approach to interviewing.
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Opinion: The Problem with Preprints
Michael Mullins | Nov 1, 2021
Preprints can be valuable additions to the scientific literature. But we must start seeing them as perishable commodities rather than akin to peer-reviewed, published studies.
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Opinion: Neuroscientists Need to Think about Sex (Bias)
Nora Wolcott | Oct 1, 2021
The myth of female variability is shaping what we know about our brains.
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Opinion: The Pandemic and the RNA Sequencing Gap
Robert Ross | Sep 1, 2021
RNA sequencing technology lags far behind researchers’ ability to decode and understand DNA. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this dangerous shortcoming.
Opinion: Treating Infertility as a Disease
Kate O'Neill | Aug 1, 2021
For too long, a physiological inability to conceive or carry a child through to birth has been seen as a minor medical issue.
Opinion: Hunting a Changing Virus
Libusha Kelly | Jul 1, 2021
A broad and nimble sequencing program is necessary to track, anticipate, and quash SARS-CoV-2 and other dangerous pathogens that threaten humanity.
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.
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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
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
Sergey Plis and Vince Calhoun | Mar 1, 2021
The network effect can improve the ways that biomedical researchers collaborate.
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.