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J Neurosci. 2016 Nov 23;36(47):11817-11822.

Considering Sex as a Biological Variable Will Be Valuable for Neuroscience Research.

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1
Department of Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, and r.shansky@neu.edu cwoolley@northwestern.edu.
2
Department of Neurobiology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208 r.shansky@neu.edu cwoolley@northwestern.edu.

Abstract

The recently implemented National Institutes of Health policy requiring that grant applicants consider sex as a biological variable in the design of basic and preclinical animal research studies has prompted considerable discussion within the neuroscience community. Here, we present reasons to be optimistic that this new policy will be valuable for neuroscience, and we suggest some ways for neuroscientists to think about incorporating sex as a variable in their research.

PMID:
27881768
PMCID:
PMC5125240
DOI:
10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1390-16.2016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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