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    1. Ecology

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: The secret lives of Drosophila flies

    Therese Ann Markow
    After decades of intensive research, D. melanogaster and its relatives could provide important tools for investigating future biological questions about human health and environmental change, but only if we better understand their natural history.
  1. Scientific Publishing: How early-career researchers are shaping eLife

    Mark Patterson, Randy Schekman
    Journals can benefit from listening to graduate students, postdocs and newly-independent group leaders.
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    1. Human Biology and Medicine

    Point of View: Competency-based assessment for the training of PhD students and early-career scientists

    Michael F Verderame et al.
    A method to assess the training of scientists, based on a set of 10 core competencies, is proposed.
  2. Point of view: Motivating participation in open science by examining researcher incentives

    Sarah E Ali-Khan et al.
    A survey of researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital provides insights into the challenges and opportunities involved in adopting an open science policy across an entire patient-oriented academic institution.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    2018 Gairdner Awards: The past, present and future of light-gated ion channels and optogenetics

    Sheena A Josselyn
    Research into light-gated ion channels called channelrhodospins laid the foundations for the development of optogenetics, a technique that has gone on to revolutionize neuroscience.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Malaria: Age, exposure and immunity

    Michael White, James Watson
    The acquisition of immunity to malaria by an individual depends on their age and the number of infectious mosquito bites they have received.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Vision: Framing orientation selectivity

    Floris P de Lange, Matthias Ekman
    The ongoing debate on the neural basis of orientation selectivity in the primary visual cortex continues.
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  3. Peer Review: Rooting out bias

    Bridget M Kuehn
    Tackling unconscious bias is a major challenge for journals and the rest of the scientific community.