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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Meta-Research: Task specialization across research careers

    Nicolas Robinson-Garcia et al.
    An analysis of author contribution statements in a large number of published papers reveals biases in the career trajectories of scientists.
  1. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: The STEM Village

    Matthew Sinton, founder of The STEM Village, describes how to make academic spaces more inclusive for the LGBTQ+ community.
  2. Research Culture: Virtual conferences raise standards for accessibility and interactions

    Sarvenaz Sarabipour
    Virtual conferences benefit the scientific community by increasing the number and diversity of attendees compared to in-person conferences, and by being less time consuming, more economic and environmentally friendly.
  3. Meta-Research: Evaluating the impact of open access policies on research institutions

    Chun-Kai (Karl) Huang et al.
    A longitudinal study of open access levels at 1,207 research institutions worldwide reveals high performing institutions in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
    1. Plant Biology

    Photosystems: Performing photosynthesis without β-carotene

    Alison Telfer
    Research on mutant tobacco plants shows that a pigment called β-carotene is not necessary for photosynthesis.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution: How geometry shapes division of labor

    Merlijn Staps, Corina Tarnita
    A mathematical model shows how the shape of early multicellular organisms may have helped cells evolve specialized roles.
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    1. Neuroscience
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Olfactory Navigation: Tempo is the key

    Antonio Celani
    Walking flies find the source of attractive odors by changing how frequently they stop and turn in response to the smell.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Plant-Microbe Interactions: Finding phenazine

    Sarah J Wolfson, Libusha Kelly
    Analysis of genetic information from soil samples provides insights into bacteria that help to protect crops from fungal diseases by producing chemicals called phenazines.
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  4. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: ASPIRES

    A longitudinal survey of young people in the UK has found that girls, working-class and minority ethnic students feel they have to work harder to be seen as ‘authentic’ science students.
    1. Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Parkinson’s Disease: Debunking an old theory

    Teresa Spix, Aryn Gittis
    Recording the neural activity of cells in the brain of patients with Parkinson's disease challenges long-standing assumptions about how this disease manifests at the cellular level.
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