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    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Point of View: Bioengineering horizon scan 2020

    Luke Kemp et al.
    20 emerging issues in bioengineering that will have profound impacts on society have been identified.
  1. Research Culture: A survey of travel behaviour among scientists in Germany and the potential for change

    Verena Haage
    A survey of scientists working in Germany reveals that most already travel to conferences in a sustainable manner and would be willing to make further changes to protect the environment.
  2. COVID-19 and the Research Community: Struggling to get started

    Andy Tay
    As the world attempts to cope with the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers about to start PhDs and postdocs face particular challenges.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Science Forum: Addressing selective reporting of experiments through predefined exclusion criteria

    Kleber Neves, Olavo B Amaral
    Researchers should define in advance the criteria for excluding the results of experiments that 'did not work' from articles.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Meta-Research: Dataset decay and the problem of sequential analyses on open datasets

    William Hedley Thompson et al.
    Open data provides an opportunity to perform new analyses on preexisting data, but trade-offs are required to limit an increase in false positives.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Science Forum: SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) by the numbers

    Yinon M Bar-On et al.
    Key numbers about the biology of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the infection of a single human host by the virus have been compiled from the peer-reviewed literature.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology
    House sparrow illustration

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: The house sparrow in the service of basic and applied biology

    Haley E Hanson et al.
    The house sparrow, one of the most ubiquitous birds in the world, is now used extensively in studies across disciplines in the life sciences.
  3. Point of View: Improving on legacy conferences by moving online

    Titipat Achakulvisut et al.
    Neuromatch was an online conference that attracted around 3000 participants and offered most of the benefits of traditional conferences.
  4. Point of View: Mitigating the impact of conference and travel cancellations on researchers’ futures

    Tracey Weissgerber et al.
    As the scientific community adapts to new working conditions in response to the growing pandemic, early-career researchers recommend actions to help lessen the unintended consequences of canceled conferences.
  5. Meta-Research: Reader engagement with medical content on Wikipedia

    Lauren A Maggio et al.
    Readers of health and medicine Wikipedia pages are more likely to hover over and view footnotes than other readers, but less likely to view the hyperlinked sources in these footnotes.