Volume 92 Issue 3 | p. 11 | News of The Week
Issue Date: January 20, 2014

Taking On The Problem Of Reproducibility

Organizations call for standards to improve reproducibility in life sciences research
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: biomarkers, reproducibility, standards

The hunt for biomarkers—measurable indicators that provide information about a biological or clinical state—has been plagued by problems with reproducibility. Many studies that identify potential biomarkers can’t be replicated by other labs, resulting in years of wasted effort and resources. Two organizations are confronting the problem head-on, with an emphasis on standards.

In December, the Global Biological Standards Institute released “The Case for Standards.” In this report, it argued that . . .

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