When The Scientist was launched more than a decade ago, we wanted the right recipe for our publication. We discussed features that readers felt would be useful and, more significantly, could not be found here. We decided to focus on the career concerns of life sciences professionals. Our choice of direction has proved to be of value to working researchers; readers have enthusiastically communicated their satisfaction through letters and comments on our Web site.

To enhance our editorial offerings, we began our Tools & Technology section several years ago with the intent of exploring the connection between researchers and their instrumentation, addressing the interrelated needs of readers and of manufacturers of lab equipment and supplies. The discussion of products by category was designed to provide in-depth information about available choices to users and potential users of scientific instruments.

While our Tools & Technology stories have been well-received by readers,...

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