Essay: Recommendation letter conundrum


Should trainees write first drafts of their own recommendation letters? Kamalika Saha collects a variety of perspectives on this question.

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Research spotlight


Carlos Lopez works to develop numerical methods to understand signal transduction cascades in cells and their dysregulation in cancer. He says his mentors encouraged him to seek the answers to big questions. And he takes lessons from his dogs.

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Night shift


In his “Letter form a chronic night owl,” Len Sprague outlines the many tasks that demand his attention each evening — and his struggle to make the best choice.

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Open channels


In response to our December 2018 feature, “The antibody patent question,” Eleftherios Diamandis raises questions about who should get credit for scientific discoveries and whether it’s a mistake not to patent an invention.

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