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    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Point of View: How should the applications of genome editing be assessed and regulated?

    Robin Fears, Volker ter Meulen
    An EASAC working group on genome editing recommends that regulators should focus on specific applications of these new techniques rather than attempting to regulate genome editing itself as a new technology.
  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. Point of View: Avoiding a lost generation of scientists

    Justin Q Taylor et al.
    By sharing their experiences, early-career scientists can help to make the case for increased government funding for researchers.
  3. 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.
  4. Point of View: The NIH must reduce disparities in funding to maximize its return on investments from taxpayers

    Wayne P Wahls
    A more balanced distribution of NIH grant funding among investigators would strengthen the diversity of the research enterprise, increase the likelihood of scientific breakthroughs, and lead to a greater return on taxpayers' investments.
  5. 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.
  6. Policy update: Building momentum for open science in Europe

    Dutch ministers are taking advantage of their EU presidency during 2016 to push forward the open-science agenda through a collaborative approach by funders, publishers, researchers, and policymakers. The Amsterdam Open Science Conference in April brought together key stakeholders from across Europe to discuss how concerted action by all parties could advance the open-science movement.
  7. Point of View: Correcting the bias against interdisciplinary research

    Ehud Shapiro
    When making decisions about funding and jobs the scientific community should recognise that most of the tools used to evaluate scientific excellence are biased in favour of established disciplines and against interdisciplinary research.
  8. Global Science: Barriers in Bangladesh

    Senjuti Saha et al.
    An international effort is needed to overcome the paywalls, customs regulations and lack of local suppliers that hinder research in low- and middle-income countries.