Opinion: How to Define Life
Opinion: How to Define Life
As artificial life forms become more sophisticated, we propose a simple list of criteria to determine whether synthetic biological organisms and robots are living beings.
Opinion: How to Define Life
Opinion: How to Define Life

As artificial life forms become more sophisticated, we propose a simple list of criteria to determine whether synthetic biological organisms and robots are living beings.

As artificial life forms become more sophisticated, we propose a simple list of criteria to determine whether synthetic biological organisms and robots are living beings.

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Opinion: Transparency Is Critical to Defend Animal Research
Opinion: Transparency Is Critical to Defend Animal Research
Cindy Buckmaster | Apr 11, 2019
Research organizations should start sharing with the public information, stories, photos, and videos on how animals are cared for and used in science.
Opinion: The “Money Culture” in Academic Biomedical Research
Opinion: The “Money Culture” in Academic Biomedical Research
David Rubenson | Mar 29, 2019
A drive for revenue is damaging basic science.
Opinion: Slow Down, SpaceX
Opinion: Slow Down, SpaceX
Mohamed Kashkoush | Mar 15, 2019
Rockets can transport humankind to Mars, but only the scientific and medical community can ensure our survival.
Opinion: Why Warthogs Are Useful in Figuring Out How Bovine TB Spreads
Opinion: Why Warthogs Are Useful in Figuring Out How Bovine TB Spreads
Eduard Roos | Mar 12, 2019
The information we’ve gathered showed us that warthogs can be used as disease sentinels, avoiding the need to resort to testing valuable or endangered animals.
Opinion: Ethical Challenges in Using iPS Cells to Treat Paralysis
Opinion: Ethical Challenges in Using iPS Cells to Treat Paralysis
John D. Loike, Martin Grumet | Mar 7, 2019
Uncertainties about the cells’ risk profiles and the potential for hyping unproven therapies mean scientists and the media must tread carefully.
Opinion: Ethical Boundaries Needed on the Uses of Synthetic DNA
Opinion: Ethical Boundaries Needed on the Uses of Synthetic DNA
John D. Loike, Robert Pollack | Mar 1, 2019
A newly expanded genetic alphabet that includes four synthetic nucleotides highlights the need for strict boundaries on their use.
Opinion: Individuals Are Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts
Opinion: Individuals Are Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts
Itzhak Mizrahi, Fotini Kokou | Mar 1, 2019
The study of evolution requires consideration of organisms’ microbiomes.
Opinion: What You Believe about “Science Denial” May Be All Wrong
Opinion: What You Believe about “Science Denial” May Be All Wrong
Kari Fischer | Feb 11, 2019
A recent meeting about the disconnect between scientific and public beliefs points to ways researchers can improve how they communicate with skeptics.
Opinion: Disease Prediction by Bat Virus Surveys Is a Waste
Opinion: Disease Prediction by Bat Virus Surveys Is a Waste
Merlin Tuttle | Jan 21, 2019
Costly virus hunts are ineffective in protecting public health and have unfairly harmed the historically excellent safety record of bats as beneficial neighbors.