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Nurturing interdisciplinary research

The research in biology has been transformed by the products of interdisciplinary research. Here we explore why it is challenging for universities to bring biologists together with engineers, physicists and computer scientists for productive collaboration, and we evaluate alternative solutions. In particular, we describe how the new Janelia Farm Research Campus of Howard Hughes Medical Institute aims to provide a home for creative scientists from different disciplines to attack major biomedical research problems.

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Cech, T., Rubin, G. Nurturing interdisciplinary research. Nat Struct Mol Biol 11, 1166–1169 (2004).

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