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Title: Cooking Up Creative Solutions

There comes a time in every scientist’s career when one's mind seems to hit a wall. You can’t think of a new experiment that hasn’t been done before or figure out how to crack a problem that is blocking your progress. The easy questions have been answered. You go back to the wellspring of your creativity and find it dry. What to do? Collaborating with investigators who are investigating problems from a different data or analytical perspective is the best way I know to kick-start research creativity. They not only can provide new data, but they can also bring an expertise on how to get the most “flavor” out of the ingredient that they bring to your problem. As the complexity of the important biological problems continues to grow, too many cooks will never spoil the broth, but become a hallmark of the most creative research.
  1. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0890-3670
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: The Scientist; Journal Volume: 26; Journal Issue: 5; Related Information:
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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United States
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS opinion; commentary; collaboration