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  1. Point of View: Five suggestions for substantial NIH reforms

    Michael Rosbash
    The National Institutes of Health needs to make radical changes to ensure that biomedical research continues to thrive in the United States.
  2. Living Science: A good life

    Eve Marder
    Following a career in science involves long hours and hard work, but as Eve Marder explains in the first of a series of columns, it can also be extremely rewarding.
  3. Research: United States National Postdoc Survey results and the interaction of gender, career choice and mentor impact

    Sean C McConnell et al.
    The quality of mentoring received while a postdoc influences career choice irrespective of field, gender, or ethnicity, according to a 7,603-respondent postdoc survey.
  4. Point of View: A fair deal for PhD students and postdocs

    Henry R Bourne
    The relentless expansion that threatens the sustainability of biomedical research in the US takes a heavy toll on young researchers.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Pollution: Transgenic pigs to the rescue

    Björn Petersen
    Genetically engineered pigs that digest their food better could help to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen pollution.
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    1. Human Biology and Medicine

    Point of View: Strategies from UW-Madison for rescuing biomedical research in the US

    Judith Kimble et al.
    A cross-campus, cross-career stage and cross-disciplinary series of discussions at a large public university has produced a series of recommendations for addressing the problems confronting the biomedical research community in the US.
  5. Point of View: How postdocs benefit from building a union

    Benjamin Cain et al.
    Members of UAW 5810—the union for postdoctoral researchers at the University of California—describe how their union has led to improved terms and conditions for postdocs.
  6. Point of View: A recipe for mediocrity and disaster, in five axioms

    Henry R Bourne
    Biomedical research in the US will become unsustainable unless scientists and research institutions start to question certain assumptions they have long taken for granted.
    1. Neuroscience

    Formation of retinal direction-selective circuitry initiated by starburst amacrine cell homotypic contact

    Thomas A Ray et al.
    Selective synapse formation in a retinal motion-sensitive circuit is orchestrated by starburst amacrine cells, which use homotypic interactions to initiate formation of a dendritic scaffold that recruits projections from circuit partners.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Rapid re-identification of human samples using portable DNA sequencing

    Sophie Zaaijer et al.
    DNA fingerprinting by portable nanopore sequencing is a novel re-identification method with applications in (clinical) laboratories and biobanks.