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Illustration of sperm fertilizing egg

Editors’ Note: The following blog post originally appeared on Forbes.com. In July, a large study was published purporting to show that sperm concentrations in the ejaculate of men in Western countries had declined by 52 percent between 1973 and 2010. The new study synthesized results from 185 studies from 50 different countries. The authors concluded that, “These findings strongly Read More

Young man greets his interviewer

The news that the Department of Justice is supporting a case against affirmative action at Harvard has led me to reflect on my 38 years of experience in admissions at a New York medical school. When I started out in the late seventies, affirmative action legislation had already been in place for a decade. One Read More

wisdom wordcloud

Editors’ Note: Each year around this time, new M.D. students find themselves grappling with the nuances and challenges of medical school. They have plenty to think about in terms of where to go, what to do and how to do their best. For many first-year students, it’s reassuring and helpful to hear the thoughts of Read More

"Contents of our home piled up in the front yard. Piles of such debris were segregated by hazardous contents, and collected in the medians daily by the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Guard, and FEMA."

Editors’ Note: In light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, we asked fourth-year medical student Elizabeth Dupont to reflect on her experiences as a survivor of Hurricane Katrina and offer her thoughts about what those who have lived through catastrophic events need. Twelve years ago, my New Orleans home was under 10 feet of Read More

Ads for Vivitrol in Grand Central Terminal, New York City

On my way to meet a friend, I walked through the Grand Central subway station and found myself confronted by a massive advertising campaign. Giant faces taking up much of the wall stared at me―black, white and Hispanic, all between 20 and 40 years old, looking serious and healthy. Big signs asked “What is Vivitrol?” Read More

Dr. Nir Barzilai discusses aging research at Pre-Hackathon Workshop.

One year ago, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a call to fund novel curricular activities to provide enhanced training for the next generation of biomedical scientists, with a specific focus on the skills necessary for conducting reproducible and rigorous (RR) research. A lack of reproducibility of major studies in biomedical science has been Read More