According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 44.7 million adults in the U.S. currently live with mental illness, 19.2 million of whom are receiving treatment in the form of counseling and prescription medication

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The advent of social media technology has opened many new avenues of research in population health, demographics, psychology, and the social sciences

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To feed the burgeoning human population, it is vital that the world figures out ways to boost food production. Increasing crop yields through conventional plant breeding is inefficient – the outcomes are unpredictable and it can take years to decades to create a new strain. On the other hand, powerful genetically modified plant technologies can quickly yield new plant varieties, but their adoption has been controversial

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Voluntary guidelines aim to combat ‘helicopter’ science and ensure that studies benefit African citizens and scientists

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Hockey and DNA

November 9, 2017

Personalized genetic tests show up rink-side. Alex Hogan writes, “At an NHL hockey game, it’s not uncommon to see some blood. The other day, it turned out to be some of my own.”

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Mail-Order CRISPR Kits

November 2, 2017

Experts debate what amateur scientists could accomplish with the powerful DNA editing tool—and whether its ready availability is cause for concern

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Universities and other nonprofit research institutions are under increasing fire about their commitments to the public interest. In return for tax-exempt status, their work is supposed to benefit society. But are they really operating in the public interest when they wield their patent rights in ways that constrict research?

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A soda company sponsoring nutrition research. An oil conglomerate helping fund a climate-related research meeting. Does the public care who’s paying for science?

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