The future of finding nothing

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from The Institute For the Future:

Systems Biology has begun to gain attention as one of several new life sciences aimed at fundamentally reshaping the ways we understand how humans function at a cellular level.

But a recent project from the field–called the Negatome–offers up a simple but clever idea to advance not just their own field, but other research disciplines: A database of negative results aimed at improving the scientific process.

[…] In other words, publishing negative findings does a couple key things: It helps researchers avoid repeating unnecessary tests, and it helps insure the integrity of meta-analyses and ensure that we don’t place too much weight in a stray false finding.

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