Critic at Large
Think Before You Fire
Think Before You Fire
Sarah Ramsay | May 1, 2015
Industry layoffs may save a few dollars, at the cost of losing the collective brainpower of thousands of scientists.
Control ALT, Delete Cancer
Control ALT, Delete Cancer
Haroldo Silva, David Halvorsen, Jeremy D. Henson | Apr 1, 2015
Treating cancer by shutting down the alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) pathway
The Challenges of Precision
The Challenges of Precision
Adam Marcus | Apr 1, 2015
Researchers face roadblocks to treating an individual patient’s cancer as a unique disease.
Quantity or Quality?
Quantity or Quality?
Ankita Bansal and Heidi A. Tissenbaum | Mar 1, 2015
Living longer doesn’t necessarily mean living healthier.
Sharing Longevity Data
Sharing Longevity Data
Matthias Ziehm | Mar 1, 2015
Aging research would greatly benefit from consistently making annotated life span data available.
Facing Down Emerging Viruses
Facing Down Emerging Viruses
Michal Barski | Feb 1, 2015
A better knowledge of the pathogenesis of emerging zoonotic diseases is crucial if we want to prepare for “the next Ebola.”
Overspending on Overhead
Overspending on Overhead
Viviane Callier | Feb 1, 2015
Federal research dollars are needlessly wasted as scientists spend more and more of their time trying to recoup operational costs.
Assessing Research Productivity
Assessing Research Productivity
Donna S. Gibson, Craig B. Thompson, Ushma S. Neill | Jan 1, 2015
A new way of evaluating academics’ research output using easily obtained data
Incentivizing Breakthroughs
Incentivizing Breakthroughs
Grant Campany | Dec 1, 2014
With scientific funding on shaky ground, big-dollar competitions offer a new way for life-science innovators to bring their ideas to fruition.
Loaded Words
Loaded Words
John D. Loike | Dec 1, 2014
As new technologies emerge, we must choose our words for them with care: names can negatively bias the inevitable debates over the ethics of scientific advances.