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Genes do not operate in a vacuum, and neither should our research

It’s time for a paradigm shift in the scientific enterprise. Our social responsibilities, especially as stakeholders in a field such as genetics, are central to the responsible conduct of research.

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Martschenko, D.O., Smith, M. Genes do not operate in a vacuum, and neither should our research. Nat Genet 53, 255–256 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41588-021-00802-5

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