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Women in Biotechnology: Barred from the Boardroom


The number of women in scientific research is going up — but where academia crosses into industry, men still rule.
Nature, March 6, 2013.  

A Future, on Ice


An experimental approach promises to change the future for boys diagnosed today with cancer, allowing them to genetically father children of their own instead of facing a life of infertility. But will the science be ready when the children grow up, or are researchers subjecting families to another stressful decision for a hope that might not pan out? Alison McCook reports on the cutting-edge science—and controversy—surrounding the freezing of prepubescent tissue.
Nature Medicine, August, 2013.  

Death of a Pathology Centre: Shelved


For decades, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology has been a leader in disease diagnosis. Now it is closing, and its legacy is in jeopardy.
Nature, August 17, 2011.  

Rethinking PhDs


Fix it, overhaul it, or skip it completely -- institutions and individuals are taking innovative approaches to postgraduate science training.
Nature, April 20, 2011.  

Mentoring: On the Right Path


Principal investigators can show their postdocs how to make the most of their job search -- and both will benefit.
Nature, June 29, 2011.  

The Vagina Catalogues


A group of scientists and dedicated women are participating in rigorous research to uncover secrets of a less high-profile part of the microbiome.
Nature Medicine, July 7, 2011.  

Researchers are Punks


The fields of science and punk rock share some surprising similarities, according to the people who love both.
The Scientist, February 10, 2011.  

Life After Fraud


You put your name into Google, and the first entry is about a transgression from 20 years ago, the penalty for which only lasted three years. Now you can't get a job.
The Scientist, July 2008.  

Twin Disorders


What can two little girls teach us about Alzheimer's disease?
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The Scientist, November 2008.

A Transforming Field


There is no "typical" biologist. Meet two scientists who changed genders in the middle of their careers.
The Scientist, May 2010

The Inequality of Science


In 2004, close to one in five extramural NIH dollars went to only 10 of the 3,000 institutions that received grants. Five US states get almost half of all funding. What about everyone else?
The Scientist, August 2006

Is Peer Review Broken?


Submissions are up, reviewers are overtaxed, and authors are lodging complaint after complaint about the process at top-tier journals. What's wrong with peer review?
The Scientist, February 2006.  

Losing Your Lab


In 2007, more than 4,000 NIH-funded researchers were denied grant renewals. For some, that means they have to close up shop. Read one scientist's story.
The Scientist, May 2008.  

The Banned Pesticide In Our Soil


In the 1990s, the world agreed to stop fumigating with methyl bromide. So why are so many US farmers still using it?
The Scientist, January 2006.  

Should Tenure Disappear?


Here's what readers of The Scientist would do to improve how academia evaluates scientists.
The Scientist, September 2007.