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The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, nonprofit organization of the country’s leading researchers. The NAS recognizes and promotes outstanding science through election to membership; publication in its journal, PNAS; and its awards, programs, and special activities. Through the National Research Council, the NAS provides objective, science-based advice on critical issues affecting the nation. Read More

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Election to NAS membership in the NAS is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. Read more about our members and their contributions to science.

Featured member: NAS member Venkatraman Ramakrishnan has been confirmed as president elect of Britain's prestigious Royal Society. Ramakrishnan will take up the post on December 1, 2015. Read More »

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Our policy studies are conducted through the National Research Council (NRC). Access information about current and recently completed studies, including more than 5,000 publications available free online. Read More »

Recent report: Policy Issues in the Development and Adoption of Biomarkers for Molecularly Targeted Cancer Therapies: Workshop Summary (2015).
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

PNAS is one of the world’s most-cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals, publishing more than 3,800 research papers annually. The journal’s content spans the biological, physical, and social sciences and is global in scope.

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