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5 Fact Friday 2016 Year in Review

Scientists in the United Kingdom were given the go-ahead by regulators to genetically modify human embryos by using CRISPR-Cas9 and related techniques. This is the first time a country has considered using CRISPR-Cas9 editing in embryos and approved it. Scientists at the Francis Crick Institute in London will be taking the lead on this project.…

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5 Facts about Funding

Each NIH institute has different paylines depending on funding mechanism Paylines vary considerably across NIH institutes.1 This largely depends on the budget of a given institute. Overall, paylines are set conservatively so institutes can make sure their budget lasts the entire year. As the fiscal year comes to an end, however, many institutes will fund…

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Promoting Academic Research: What is a Preprint?

Preprints are a mechanism of sharing your research with the scientific community prior to formal publication. They are not peer-reviewed publications. Their use can increase communication and collaboration within the scientific community.1 Preprints have been used for decades in the field of physics where they have been hugely successful. However, the biology research community has…

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Publishing Academic Manuscripts: Advantages of Open Access

Increased citations Publishing in open access journals can increase the number of times your work is cited. For example, a Scientometrics article demonstrated that open access journal articles had significantly more page visits than those articles that were published in non-open access journals. This increase in web traffic translated into more researchers reading the open…

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Top Conferences for Scientists Seeking Careers Outside Academia

If you’re in academia, you generally attend conferences hosted by societies related to your research field. But what do you do when you’re wrapping up a PhD or postdoctoral fellowship and want to find a job outside of academia? Did you know there are conferences specifically for alternative careers? If you’re still exploring career options…

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