NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The organizers of the Systems Biology Verification: Industrial Methodology for Process Verification in Research (SBV IMPROVER) challenges have begun accepting submissions for a new systems toxicology challenge launched last week which focuses on identifying blood gene expression signatures that could serve as markers of smoking exposure.

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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.

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