What is the role of the daily news operation of a magazine such as The Scientist? It's an important question that bears considering periodically. If we start with the magazine's motto, "The News Journal for the Life Scientist," we have somewhat of a guide as to what the editors think: The daily news service is dedicated to informing life scientists of the news of the day in policy and research, which leaves the print magazine you're reading now to reflect on larger trends.

But some of the readers of our online daily news, available at http://www.the-scientist.com, seem to believe that our role is that of a booster that prints only the good news. That's what we're led to believe by some recent reactions to our stories.

Twice recently, our intrepid Scientist Daily News reporters were told by researchers not involved in the studies we were reporting on that...

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