Science Sales Force

Researchers, writes Prof-like Substance at The Spandrel Shop, have to sell their work. "Like it or not, you're in sales," his blog post title notes. Investigators have to be able to convince their audience — especially a funding agency — that their research idea is good and worth spending the money on.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

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