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Opinion: Biological Science Rejects the Sex Binary, and That’s Good for Humanity
Evidence from various sciences reveals that there are diverse ways of being male, female, or both. An anthropologist argues that embracing these truths will help humans flourish.
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Opinion: Biological Science Rejects the Sex Binary, and That’s Good for Humanity
Opinion: Biological Science Rejects the Sex Binary, and That’s Good for Humanity

Evidence from various sciences reveals that there are diverse ways of being male, female, or both. An anthropologist argues that embracing these truths will help humans flourish.

Evidence from various sciences reveals that there are diverse ways of being male, female, or both. An anthropologist argues that embracing these truths will help humans flourish.

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Opinion: Another Species of Hominin May Still Be Alive
Gregory Forth | Apr 18, 2022
Do members of Homo floresiensis still inhabit the Indonesian island where their fossils helped identify a new human species fewer than 20 years ago?
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Opinion: Climate Change Is Dangerous to Your Health
Mark Kessel, Rick Elbaum | Apr 4, 2022
In addition to causing more frequent natural disasters, global warming can have long-term health effects, which range from heat stress to mosquito-borne disease.
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Opinion: Can Science Capture Love?
Anna Machin | Mar 14, 2022
Researchers who study the phenomenon in humans should incorporate subjective experiences into data on love.
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Editorial: When Will This Pandemic Officially End?
Bob Grant | Mar 11, 2022
And does it even matter?
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Opinion: How to Confront Anti-Science Sentiment
Bill Sullivan | Mar 1, 2022
Reaching a science skeptic is not a matter of credentials; it’s a matter of heart.
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Opinion: Coronavirus and Regulating Access to High-Risk Pathogens
Michael Parker, Shreya Kalra, Bryce Kassalow | Feb 10, 2022
Overbearing restrictions on research into toxins and pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 could undermine public health and security in the long run.
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Opinion: What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About the Importance of Testing
Mark Kessel | Feb 1, 2022
The pandemic has yielded many lessons. One is that adequate and well-distributed diagnostics are key to battling disease outbreaks.
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Opinion: Teach Philosophy of Science in High School
Nicholas Friedman, Stephen Esser | Jan 17, 2022
The pandemic has revealed the importance of preparing students to critically evaluate the conceptual foundations and real-world impact of science.
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Opinion: Going Beyond Seed Banks
Helen Anne Curry | Jan 17, 2022
Rethinking why and how we conserve crop genetic diversity
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Opinion: Dismantling Anti-vaccine Rhetoric on Social Media
Federico Germani, Nikola Biller-Andorno | Jan 4, 2022
Can requiring users of Facebook and other platforms to pass critical thinking tests stem the tide of widely disseminated misinformation?
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Opinion: The Problem with Preprints
Michael Mullins | Nov 1, 2021
Preprints can be valuable additions to the scientific literature. But we must start seeing them as perishable commodities rather than akin to peer-reviewed, published studies.
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Opinion: Policymakers’ Harmful Anti-China Obsession
Christopher Tonnu Jackson | Sep 28, 2021
Justifying science funding through the lens of global competition risks fostering racial bias and discrimination.
Illustration of a female scientist on a laptop sitting on top a large pill capsule, with science-related imagery around her
Opinion: Scientists Must Combat Scientific Dogmatism
Ahmed Alkhateeb | Sep 23, 2021
Correcting misinformation and providing reliable data are collective responsibilities of the research community.
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Opinion: An Alternative to Injection
Carmine D’Amico, Hélder Santos | Sep 9, 2021
Research on microneedle patches for vaccine delivery has grown in popularity in recent years, due to their exceptional compliance and low invasiveness.
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Opinion: Consult Researchers When Designing Lab Buildings
Andrey Andreev, Barbara Perry | Jul 15, 2021
Disconnects between end users and architects create additional costs and suboptimal design decisions. Here’s how to rectify that.
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Opinion: We Should Ditch Awards in Science
Bill Sullivan | Jul 8, 2021
Conducting research to elucidate nature’s mysteries is reward enough.
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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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Opinion: The Rise of Preprints Is No Cause for Alarm
Jonny Coates | Apr 14, 2021
At a time of fast-paced science and rampant misinformation, can we trust the non–peer-reviewed literature?
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Opinion: Preprints in the Public Eye
Jigisha Patel | Mar 18, 2021
ASAPbio has developed resources for preprint servers, institutions, scientists, and journalists to promote the responsible reporting of research in the media.