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The tech that money can’t buy

What if the tool needed to move science forward doesn’t yet exist? Here are gadgets and techniques born from improvisation that made impossible experiments possible.

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Beak speak

How did songbirds start singing? Neuroscientists are reshaping our understanding of speech—pinpointing the cells and molecules that built it and what happens in the brain when we learn a new word, chirp, or squeal.

FOREFRONT

FOREFRONT

Insights and ideas from Rockefeller labs

Why do water bears walk like scorpions? Are there people who cannot get COVID? And do flies ever feel lonely?

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Philanthropy 2.0

Private investments are making it possible to reimagine 21st-century bioscience. Cori Bargmann envisions a future with opportunity for researchers everywhere.

Private investments are making it possible to reimagine 21st-century bioscience. Cori Bargmann envisions a future with opportunity for researchers everywhere.

Becoming a scientist

Rachel Niec

Clinical scholar Rachel Niec is surveying the vast landscape of the human gut, and becoming both a medical and scientific expert on GI disease.

Clinical scholar Rachel Niec is surveying the vast landscape of the human gut, and becoming both a medical and scientific expert on GI disease.

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A mission to end metastasis

Not all cancer cells are killers. One lab is focusing on only those that enable tumors to spread—and it may have found their kryptonite.

Not all cancer cells are killers. One lab is focusing on only those that enable tumors to spread—and it may have found their kryptonite.