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    Georgia looks to capitalize on its public-health and bioscience strengths.

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    Jeffrey Koplan, vice-president for global health at Emory University and former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both in Atlanta, discusses Georgia's life-sciences and public-health sectors.

    • Karen Kaplan
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    Life sciences play a major role in Shanghai’s growing business community.

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    The Denver area is trying to overcome the isolation factor and meagre funding to excel as a bioscience hub. Laura Cassiday reports.

    • Laura Cassiday
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    Conducting research at some of Earth's most remote locales requires more than just a willingness to travel. Katharine Sanderson offers a research guide.

    • Katharine Sanderson
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    Denmark aims to attract international talent through new initiatives and university reforms. Marta Paterlini outlines the strategy.

    • Marta Paterlini
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    With targeted recruiting efforts under way, Kentucky is attempting to build a life-sciences hub.

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    The San Francisco Bay area has long been a hub for cutting-edge technologies. Now it is one of the nation's leaders in clean-energy research. Corinna Wu reports.

    • Corinna Wu
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    Can Brazil use its booming economy and abundant natural resources to become a life-sciences juggernaut? Gene Russo finds out.

    • Gene Russo
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    Academic and government labs in the Chicago area are combining forces to reel in a host of large collaborative research projects — and tens of millions of dollars in funding. Paul Smaglik sums up.

    • Paul Smaglik
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    The Japanese city of Nagoya is aiming to turn a history of manufacturing success into fertile ground for science applications. David Cyranoski surveys its potential.

    • David Cyranoski
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    Can Philadelphia's biotechnology industry absorb the jobs lost from pharmaceutical companies? Kerry Grens investigates.

    • Kerry Grens
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    British Columbia aims to become a leader in clean-energy technology. Virginia Gewin tracks progress.

    • Virginia Gewin
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    The Boston-area biotechnology cluster is one of the most successful on the planet. But competition is growing from other states and countries. Heidi Ledford reports on what the region is doing to maintain its edge.

    • Heidi Ledford
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    New Mexico, with its national labs and natural resources, is poised to become a central player in the US race for energy independence. Paul Smaglik reports.

    • Paul Smaglik
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    Despite an economy that is sputtering, Ireland has recommitted to investing in science. Quirin Schiermeier examines the latest research investments on the Emerald Isle.

    • Quirin Schiermeier
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    Despite its diminutive size and modest research budget, the Netherlands makes a major contribution to research in the physical sciences. Quirin Schiermeier reports.

    • Quirin Schiermeier
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    The Fusionopolis towers are the latest signs of Singapore's determination to build its future on science. But can the city-state meet the expectations it has raised? David Cyranoski reports.

    • David Cyranoski
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    Spain is revitalizing its science base, with Barcelona surging ahead as a Mediterranean science hub, reports Quirin Schiermeier.

    • Quirin Schiermeier
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    Huntsville, Alabama, the original home of NASA and of military weapons development, makes a move into biology. Paul Smaglik reports from Rocket City.

    • Paul Smaglik
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    Specialist research centres are springing up in Canada's biggest city, nourished by government funds that also attract high-calibre scientists. Kurt Kleiner reports.

    • Kurt Kleiner
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    As North Carolina's Research Triangle Park nears its fiftieth birthday, Heidi Ledford investigates how research parks across the state are coping with mounting pressure from outside competition.

    • Heidi Ledford
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    Bangalore has a growing biotech sector, supported by a tradition of academic science. But there are still challenges in committing to discovery science and retaining top talent. Gene Russo reports.

    • Gene Russo
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    St Louis wants to become a hub of agricultural biotechnology. All it needs, says Emma Marris, is more start-ups and funds.

    • Emma Marris
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    Rebuffing a troubled economic and political past, Argentina is trying to get on the science map with a new science ministry and attempts to retain young talent. Paul Smaglik reports.

    • Paul Smaglik
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    Dropping the dogma that all are equal is letting Germany's centres of excellence flourish. Quirin Schiermeier meets the new leaders.

    • Quirin Schiermeier
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    With a variety of federal positions and a fledgling life-sciences sector, northern Virginia offers plenty of opportunities, from bench researcher to programme officer. Ted Agres reports.

    • Ted Agres
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    Once a poor village, Shenzhen is now one of the wealthiest cities in China. David Cyranoski learns its plans for the future.

    • David Cyranoski
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    Local governments aim to build a scientific oasis in the Arizona desert.

    • Gene Russo
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    As the line between science and business blurs, Quirin Schiermeier looks at how Sweden's capital region is adapting.

    • Quirin Schiermeier
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    Seattle is reaping the benefits of having the world's largest health foundation in its backyard. Eric Sorensen gauges the impact.

    • Eric Sorensen
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    Flush with funds, Florida is enjoying a state-backed bioscience boom, says Gene Russo.

    • Gene Russo
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    Despite tight government budgets, Colorado is brimming with alternative-energy jobs potential. Amanda Haag reports.

    • Amanda Haag
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    Increasing investment in people is raising the Atlanta region's profile — and attracting a stream of internationally acclaimed researchers. Paul Smaglik reports.

    • Paul Smaglik
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    The Irish government is investing heavily in science and technology. As a result, career opportunities are becoming plentiful. Quirin Schiermeier reports

    • Quirin Schiermeier
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    An alliance of universities in the north of England hopes to transform Britain's former industrial heartland into a centre of scientific excellence. Paul Smaglik reports.

    • Paul Smaglik
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    Beyond the urban chaos of New York City lies a tranquil state with abundant career opportunities, says Ricki Lewis.

    • Ricki Lewis
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    The city of Sendai has much to offer research and industry, but, says David Cyranoski, competition for funding and brains is stiff.

    • David Cyranoski
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    With its top academic institutions, Boston has long been a Mecca for biotechnology companies. But the demand for more academic input into industrial science is luring top drug companies there too, says Corie Lok.

    • Corie Lok
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    This small but inventive island is putting transgenics and nanotechnology to novel uses. A pay rise might be all it needs to lure its expatriate scientists home, says Paul Smaglik.

    • Paul Smaglik
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    Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have had mixed fortunes in their efforts to build up their research infrastructure. Partnerships may prove to be the strongest construction, says Paul Smaglik.

    • Paul Smaglik
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    The Pacific Northwest of North America doesn't just mean Microsoft, Intel and some big trees. Already noted for the quality of its biological research, the biotechnology base in cities such as Vancouver is set to grow too, as Virginia Gewin finds out.

    • Virginia Gewin
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    Public funding problems have prevented Italy from catching up with other European scientific hubs. But some privately funded local initiatives show glimmers of hope. Quirin Schiermeier and Alison Abbott report.

    • Alison Abbott
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    Biologists in Osaka think that their city's 'un-Japanese' culture makes it the ideal part of the country to become a hub for biotechnology. David Cyranoski investigates.

    • David Cyranoski
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    Despite funding uncertainties, Berlin's facilities, charisma and cosmopolitan atmosphere continue to draw researchers from across Europe, says Quirin Schiermeier.

    • Quirin Schiermeier
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    Malaysia's research system is closed and isolated. What are scientists with a yen for rigorous research to do? David Cyranoski finds out.

    • David Cyranoski
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    No longer rivals, Oxford, Cambridge and London are now working towards a common goal — ensuring the 'golden triangle' becomes a global science hub.

    • Paul Smaglik
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    The East Coast corridor of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania is poised for renewed growth in biomedicine. Claudia Caruana investigates.

    • Claudia Caruana
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    Switzerland is proving that small countries can make a big impression in science. It is recruiting some of the brightest young researchers from all over the world and convincing them to stay, says Quirin Schiermeier.

    • Quirin Schiermeier