In science, "there's a lot of preference for silence these days rather than disagreement," says Matteo Carandini, scientist at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco. "I would rather have a conversation." Take the debate over how to study visual processing: Carandini believes that it is necessary to use simple stimuli, while others argue that more complex natural images should be used. He writes on the subject on page 18.


Edward Spack is senior director of the PharmaSTART program and director of biosciences business development at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. On page 36 of this issue, he writes a vision about the work he does at SRI to help universities bring discoveries from the lab to the clinic and marketplace. "To capture that eureka in a bottle and use it to make somebody healthier...that really gets me energized," he says.


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