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    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: Advancing biology through a deeper understanding of zebrafish ecology and evolution

    David M Parichy
    The zebrafish is a premier model organism for biomedical research, with a rich array of tools and genomic resources, and combining these with a fuller appreciation of wild zebrafish ecology could greatly extend its utility in biological research.
  1. Point of View: Overflow in science and its implications for trust

    Sabina Siebert et al.
    Interviews with senior biomedical researchers reveal a perceived decline in trust in the scientific enterprise, in large part because the quantity of new data exceeds the field's ability to process it appropriately.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology

    Cutting Edge: Anatomy of BioJS, an open source community for the life sciences

    Guy Yachdav et al.
    Community nurturing is the single most important factor in determining the sustainability of an open source project such as BioJS.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Ecology

    Resource Competition: When communities collide

    Jason Merritt, Seppe Kuehn
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    1. Neuroscience

    Neuropathic Pain: The pros and cons of degeneracy

    Jean-Marc Goaillard, Martial A Dufour
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  2. Science Policy: Reforming research assessment

    Randy Schekman, Mark Patterson
    It is time for the research community to rethink how the outputs of scientific research are evaluated and, as the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment makes clear, this should involve replacing the journal impact factor with a broad range of more meaningful approaches.
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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Ion Channels: Exploiting natural regulation

    Catherine Proenza
    Using a short peptide to regulate the activity of HCN ion channels illustrates how physiological modulators could inspire new drugs. .
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