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Biomedical research relies on large amounts of genomic data, which has to be protected from revealing people’s identities. AP Photo/Jerome Delay

The best way to protect personal biomedical data from hackers could be to treat the problem like a game

Keeping biomedical data private is important, but so is sharing it for research. Game theory can help researchers accomplish both.
Capturing the public’s attention is about standing out in a crowd of influencers. Peshkova | Shutterstock

Why we still fall for influencers, salesmen and politicians who lie

Social influencers vie for public attention in a crowded market place. This makes the bold and the ruthless even more likely to opt for strategic dishonesty if it will further their interests.
Anticipating when cancer cells become resistant to treatment can help oncologists more quickly adjust their therapies. CHRISTOPH BURGSTEDT/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY via Getty Images

Cancers are in an evolutionary battle with treatments – evolutionary game theory could tip the advantage to medicine

Applying the principles of ecology and evolution could help oncologists anticipate cancer drug resistance and optimize their treatment plans for patients.
An image from a police body camera shows bystanders including Darnella Frazier, third from right, filming a Minneapolis police officer pressing his knee on George Floyd’s neck. Minneapolis Police Department via AP, File

The ‘bystander effect’ is real – but research shows that when more people witness violence, it’s more likely someone will step up and intervene

A game theory expert explains why a witness to a troubling situation who is in a group may feel a lesser sense of personal responsibility than a single individual.

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