1. The Forest, the Trees and the Leaves

    The Forest, the Trees and the Leaves

    When Ian Sigal was a PhD student researching glaucoma—a group of disorders marked by damage to the optic nerve—he and his advisor homed in on those dying nerve fibers for their studies. But soon, they realized they couldn’t understand what was going on there without also checking in on the optic nerve’s nearby neighbors. So they widened their scope a tad. “Then we found, of course, that no, that’s not enough,” Sigal says. You have to look around that area, then you have to look around that. So they kept expanding their scope. In time ...

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    1. Then we found, of course, that no, that's not enough.
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