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Colin Carlson Works to Predict and Prevent Viral Spillover
The Georgetown University biologist studies how climate change contributes to the emergence of new zoonotic threats.
Colin Carlson Works to Predict and Prevent Viral Spillover
Colin Carlson Works to Predict and Prevent Viral Spillover

The Georgetown University biologist studies how climate change contributes to the emergence of new zoonotic threats.

The Georgetown University biologist studies how climate change contributes to the emergence of new zoonotic threats.

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Genetic Mutations Can Be Benign or Cancerous—a New Method to Differentiate Between Them Could Lead to Better Treatments
Ryan Layer, The Conversation | May 27, 2022 | 5 min read
Tumors contain thousands of genetic changes, but only a few are actually cancer-causing. A quicker way to identify these driver mutations could lead to more targeted cancer treatments.
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E.O. Wilson, Renowned Ant Researcher, Dies at 92
Chloe Tenn | Dec 27, 2021 | 3 min read
The naturalist was recognized for his work on social behavior and pheromones in ants and as a champion of wildlife conservation.
Advancing Disease Research with Mass Spectrometry
The Scientist Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Explore just how indispensible mass spectrometry is becoming to life science researchers.
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Male Snakes Cannibalizing Females Present Evolutionary Puzzle
Chloe Tenn | Nov 15, 2021 | 4 min read
The Scientist speaks with organismal biologist Xavier Glaudas about possible reasons for his recent finding that male Montpellier snakes cannibalize female conspecifics.
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Genetic Risks for Depression Differ Between Ancestral Groups
Chloe Tenn | Oct 19, 2021 | 4 min read
A large genome-wide association study in East Asians uncovers novel genetic links to depression, calling attention to the consequences of underrepresentation of non-European groups in genetic research data.
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Opinion: Surgisphere Fiasco Highlights Need for Proper QA
Nadya Gawadi Heywood and David Long | Jun 12, 2020 | 5 min read
Our handbook on best practices for quality assurance in biomedicine can help funding agencies shore up research integrity—which is especially needed at a time when mistakes can have outsize effects.
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Opinion: Health Reform in America—Where Are the Scientists?
Rachel Madley | Dec 31, 2019 | 4 min read
Medicare for All could expand access to medical interventions—the very goal of biomedical research.
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ProPublica Creates Database of Researchers’ Conflicts of Interest
Jef Akst | Dec 9, 2019 | 1 min read
The nonprofit newsroom has collected more than 29,000 disclosures of faculty members’ outside income, but they represent just the tip of the iceberg.
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Donald Lindberg, Former NLM Director, Dies
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 26, 2019 | 2 min read
He led the National Library of Medicine for 31 years and oversaw the implementation of PubMed, MedlinePlus, and the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
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The Push to Replace Journal Supplements with Repositories
Diana Kwon | Aug 19, 2019 | 8 min read
Broken links, clunky formats, and outdated platforms have both authors and publishers turning to alternative solutions.
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Moving Towards Individualized Medicine For All
Bob Grant | Jul 15, 2019 | 3 min read
How we talk about the coming revolution in clinical care matters as much as the need to involve all types of people in the process.
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Opinion: Agriculture Must Replace Small Science with Big Science
Sylvie Brouder | Jun 17, 2019 | 4 min read
Agronomic sciences should follow the lead of genetics and other disciplines in sharing data.
New Map Shows Brain Changes Associated with Alzheimer’s
Catherine Offord | Feb 4, 2019 | 2 min read
The protein expression data, which are freely available online, could help identify new drug targets for the disease.
Technique to Track Golden State Killer Suspect Could Find You Too
Ashley Yeager | Oct 11, 2018 | 2 min read
Sixty percent of Americans with European ancestry can be traced to a given DNA sample, even if they’ve never had genetic testing, scientists say.
Hackers Are Breaking into Medical Databases to Protect Patient Data
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2018 | 4 min read
Agencies such as the NIH reward the discovery of vulnerabilities in their computer systems—before criminals can exploit them.
MyHeritage Account Data Compromised in “Cybersecurity Incident”
Catherine Offord | Jun 6, 2018 | 2 min read
A security researcher found the email addresses and encrypted passwords of more than 92 million users of the genealogy site on a private server outside the company.
Companies to Help People Sell or Rent Out Their Health Data
Catherine Offord | Jun 5, 2018 | 2 min read
Luna DNA, Nebula Genomics, and other “bio-brokers” will allow customers to make money by granting access to their genetic and personal information for research purposes.
Aging-Related Diseases May Be a Negative Outcome of Human Evolution
Sukanya Charuchandra | May 31, 2018 | 3 min read
Genetic adaptations for human brain development also make us vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.  
USDA Ordered to Publish Complete Animal Welfare Reports
Ashley Yeager | Mar 23, 2018 | 2 min read
In 2017, the agency began posting redacted records, but Congress is now demanding full transparency.
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