Photo of John Calhoun crouches within his rodent utopia-turned-dystopia
Universe 25, 1968–1973
A series of rodent experiments showed that even with abundant food and water, personal space is essential to prevent societal collapse.
ABOVE: Yoichi R. Okamoto, White House photographer, Public Domain
Universe 25, 1968–1973
Universe 25, 1968–1973

A series of rodent experiments showed that even with abundant food and water, personal space is essential to prevent societal collapse.

A series of rodent experiments showed that even with abundant food and water, personal space is essential to prevent societal collapse.

ABOVE: Yoichi R. Okamoto, White House photographer, Public Domain

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President Biden meeting with a group of people in the oval office
Biden Orders More Research on Long COVID
Christie Wilcox | Apr 6, 2022
A new presidential memorandum requires the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate a government-wide push to generate a research action plan for the condition.
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ARPA-H to Be Within NIH but Independently Managed by HHS
Natalia Mesa | Apr 1, 2022
After lobbying efforts from lawmakers and science advisors, the new, DARPA-like biomedical research agency will be a part of the National Institutes of Health, but its director will report directly to the secretary of Health and Human Services.
Magnifying glass in front of a stack of files of papers
PLOS ONE Pulls Five Papers Tied to Alzheimer’s Drug Controversy
Jef Akst | Mar 31, 2022
The retracted studies were coauthored by a scientist who worked on an Alzheimer’s therapy in development by Cassava Sciences, a company reportedly under investigation for providing falsified data to the FDA.
old-fashioned, black and white alarm clock with words "the end"
Editorial: When Will This Pandemic Officially End?
Bob Grant | Mar 11, 2022
And does it even matter?
Deborah Nickerson
Genome Pioneer Deborah Nickerson Dies at 67
Amanda Heidt | Feb 9, 2022
The University of Washington researcher leveraged data from the Human Genome Project to identify genes underlying various health conditions and advance precision medicine.
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Lawrence Tabak Tapped to Serve as Interim NIH Head
Shawna Williams | Dec 10, 2021
The glycoprotein researcher and longtime principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health will take over from Francis Collins on December 20.
plasma bags hospital
WHO Rejects Convalescent Plasma Treatment for COVID-19
Chloe Tenn | Dec 6, 2021
Current evidence suggests the treatment does not improve survival or reduce the need for ventilation in COVID-19 patients, the World Health Organization says.
Old man stands in front of tree, smiling at camera.
Neuroscientist Mortimer Mishkin Dies at 94
Lisa Winter | Oct 12, 2021
His work bridged the gap between psychology and neurobiology.
NIH Director Francis Collins receiving his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on December 2020.
Francis Collins to Retire as NIH Director by Year’s End
Christie Wilcox | Oct 5, 2021
Collins has announced his intent to step down after leading the National Institutes of Health for more than 12 years.
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Book Excerpt from You Bet Your Life
Paul A. Offit | Sep 21, 2021
In his book’s Introduction, physician-scientist Paul A. Offit reviews the unusual constellation of circumstances around the development of COVID-19 vaccines.
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NIH Changes Extension Policy to Better Support Women PIs
Chloe Tenn | Sep 20, 2021
The revision allows more time on previous extensions due to COVID-19 and other life events such as childbirth that disproportionately impact early-career women in science.  
Man sitting on bed with his head in his hands
NIH Grants $470 Million for Study of Long COVID
Lisa Winter | Sep 16, 2021
The study aims to recruit 40,000 adults and children to get a better sense of the condition that can last weeks or months after infection.
The main historic building (Building 1) of National Institutes of Health (NIH) inside Bethesda campus
Sexual Harassment Complaints in Academia Are Up Since 2018
Amanda Heidt | Jun 14, 2021
The NIH shared new data detailing complaints it has received in recent years, the latest in a series of steps taken by funding agencies and professional organizations to address misconduct.
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Head shot of Eric Lander, the president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Science Advisor Nominee Faces Tough Questions from Senate Panel
Jef Akst | Apr 30, 2021
Senators raise concerns about how Eric Lander of the Broad Institute has handled equality issues.
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Opinion: Include Public Outreach Plans in Grant Requirements
Matthew Woodruff, Alexander Woodruff | Apr 29, 2021
Tying federal research funding to scientists’ efforts to inform and engage the public can help fix widespread indifference to science.
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NIH Reverses Limits on Human Fetal Tissue Research
Amanda Heidt | Apr 19, 2021
A new ruling removes the requirement that grants and proposals using the material receive approval from an ethical review board, reverting to the process in place before 2019.
President Biden Proposes Creating Two DARPA-Like Agencies
Lisa Winter | Apr 12, 2021
These new initiatives would tackle problems relating to health and climate.
2020 in Scientists’ Own Words
Abby Olena | Dec 23, 2020
The world was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but researchers rose to all manner of challenges.
A Challenge Trial for COVID-19 Would Not Be the First of Its Kind
Jef Akst | Oct 8, 2020
Although scientists debate the ethics of deliberately infecting volunteers with SARS-CoV-2, plenty of consenting participants have been exposed to all sorts of pathogens in prior trials.