Building Research

The investment of "substantial" resources into a given field of research can reap "hugely positive" benefits, says the Canadian Stem Cell Network's David Kent on the organization's blog. In stem cell biology, money has been invested by governments and private institutions the world over, ensuring that the field progressed more rapidly and with "greater diversity" than could have been accomplished otherwise, Kent says.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.