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Opinion: A Call for Open Funding Procedures
How funders can improve transparency to foster efficiency and diversity in research
Opinion: A Call for Open Funding Procedures
Opinion: A Call for Open Funding Procedures

How funders can improve transparency to foster efficiency and diversity in research

How funders can improve transparency to foster efficiency and diversity in research

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Opinion: The Promise and Plight of Open Data
Ilias Berberi and Dominique Roche | Dec 1, 2022 | 4 min read
Open science serves to make the research process more transparent. But we are still waiting to realize the fruits of open-data policies at scientific journals.
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Opinion: The Problem with Researchers Hoarding Resources
Jose Valdez and Sandeep Sharma | Nov 1, 2022 | 4 min read
For too long, some scientists have acted like Gollums of the ivory tower, guarding precious study sites, model organisms, and even entire fields of inquiry.
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Opinion: Eating Right to Avoid Catastrophe
Giulia Wegner and Kris A. Murray | Oct 3, 2022 | 5 min read
The key to averting cataclysmic events, such as pandemics, climate change, and mass extinction of species, lies partly in what’s on our plates.
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Opinion: Splashing Cold Water on Poop Transplants for Weight Loss
Simar Bajaj | Sep 1, 2022 | 4 min read
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 | 4 min read
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 | 4 min read
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 | 6 min read
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 | 5 min read
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 | 5 min read
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 | 5 min read
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 | 5 min read
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 | 5 min read
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 | 3 min read
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 | 4 min read
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 | 3 min read
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 | 3 min read
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 | 4 min read
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 | 3 min read
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 | 4 min read
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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