Incest Isn’t Taboo in Nature: Study
Incest Isn’t Taboo in Nature: Study
Avoiding inbreeding appears to be the exception rather than the norm for animals, according to a new meta-analysis of experimental studies.
Incest Isn’t Taboo in Nature: Study
Incest Isn’t Taboo in Nature: Study

Avoiding inbreeding appears to be the exception rather than the norm for animals, according to a new meta-analysis of experimental studies.

Avoiding inbreeding appears to be the exception rather than the norm for animals, according to a new meta-analysis of experimental studies.

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STRANGE Framework Addresses Bias in Animal Behavior Research
STRANGE Framework Addresses Bias in Animal Behavior Research
Amanda Heidt | Jan 27, 2021
The journal Ethology is the first to adopt the guidelines, aimed at clarifying experimental design and the potential biases within.
High Risk of Bias in Early COVID-19 Studies: Meta-Analysis
High Risk of Bias in Early COVID-19 Studies: Meta-Analysis
Max Kozlov | Jan 14, 2021
Few peer-reviewed clinical papers on the pandemic contained original data, and many of those that did had poor experimental design.
COVID-19 Research Biased Toward Only a Handful of Genes
COVID-19 Research Biased Toward Only a Handful of Genes
Amanda Heidt | Nov 24, 2020
Thomas Stoeger of Northwestern University has previously studied scientists’ limited focus on certain genes. In a new study, he shows how these same behaviors extend into the science of COVID-19.
Contributors
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Sep 1, 2020
Meet some of the people featured in the September 2020 issue of The Scientist.
Most Members of Federal Fetal Tissue Ethics Panel Oppose Abortion
Most Members of Federal Fetal Tissue Ethics Panel Oppose Abortion
Lisa Winter | Aug 3, 2020
The members of a new advisory board to the NIH met for the first time and will weigh in on federal funding for grants that rely on donated tissue from abortions.
Meet the Autistic Scientists Redefining Autism Research
Meet the Autistic Scientists Redefining Autism Research
Rachel Nuwer | Jun 11, 2020
Growing ranks of researchers on the spectrum are overcoming barriers—from neurotypical bias to sensory sensitivities—to shape autism science.
China Catches Up with the US in Science and Tech
China Catches Up with the US in Science and Tech
Catherine Offord | Jan 17, 2020
A new report from the National Science Board identifies changes in the US’s global R&D investment and output, as well as in the country’s science and engineering workforce in recent years.
Technical Bias Widespread in RNA-Seq Datasets
Technical Bias Widespread in RNA-Seq Datasets
Diana Kwon | Nov 21, 2019
Genes that are exceptionally long or short are overrepresented in some published reports, which can lead to misinterpreted results.
Biased Evaluation Committees Promote Fewer Women
Biased Evaluation Committees Promote Fewer Women
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 26, 2019
If members don’t explicitly believe gender discrimination exists, they allow implicit stereotypes to sway their decision-making, according to a new analysis of real-world hiring decisions.
Making STEM Education More Welcoming to Underrepresented Minorities
Making STEM Education More Welcoming to Underrepresented Minorities
Esther Landhuis | Jun 1, 2019
Diversity programs are shifting their focus from just providing academic support to creating a learning environment that is more inclusive of people of different backgrounds.
Cochrane Collaboration Expels Cofounder, Prompts Resignations
Cochrane Collaboration Expels Cofounder, Prompts Resignations
Catherine Offord | Sep 18, 2018
Physician Peter Gøtzsche, a board member of the organization, has been an outspoken critic of certain vaccines and of the pharma industry in general.
Voodoo Dolls, Roller-Coasters for Kidney Stones Win at Ig Nobels
Voodoo Dolls, Roller-Coasters for Kidney Stones Win at Ig Nobels
Ashley Yeager | Sep 14, 2018
The awards for comical but practical scientific discovery also include cannibalism and self-colonoscopy.
To Highlight Gender Gaps, Scientists Decline Opportunities
To Highlight Gender Gaps, Scientists Decline Opportunities
Diana Kwon | Aug 24, 2018
Activists are protesting imbalanced conferences, editorial boards, and other professional activities by refusing to join.
Study Finds No Race or Gender Bias in Grant Peer Review
Study Finds No Race or Gender Bias in Grant Peer Review
Shawna Williams | Jun 1, 2018
The paper’s authors say bias may nevertheless be present in other steps of the granting process.
Notable Science Quotes
Notable Science Quotes
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2017
Climate change, research funding, race, and much more
Qualities Tied to Potential Scientific Bias
Qualities Tied to Potential Scientific Bias
Kerry Grens | Mar 21, 2017
Overestimation of effect sizes in meta-analyses is linked with early-career status, small collaborations, or misconduct records, according to a study.
Peer Reviewers Less Likely to Be Women
Peer Reviewers Less Likely to Be Women
Kerry Grens | Jan 26, 2017
An analysis of journals from the American Geophysical Union finds women are underrepresented as reviewers, likely because editors recommend them less often.
Opinion: Fixing Science’s Human Bias
Opinion: Fixing Science’s Human Bias
Edward Courchaine, Sarah Smaga | Sep 1, 2016
It’s time to accelerate the conversation about why the research community is still not diverse.
The Trouble With Sex in Science
The Trouble With Sex in Science
Kerry Grens | Aug 9, 2016
Researchers argue for the consideration of hormones and sex chromosomes in preclinical experiments.