Practically Speaking

The shift toward open access to scientific research is moving apace, but SciDev's David Dickson writes at The Guardian that "enthusiasm must be tempered by an awareness of what can realistically be achieved, and of the pace of change required to ensure a rush to open access does not have unwanted side-effects."

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In Cell this week: Leukemia-like disease in soft-shell clams, mNET-seq method for profiling growing transcripts, and more.

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