Medical Writing Trends in medical writing Omics in silico and other trends in biomedical research: Impact on how and what we write

Volume 28, Issue 3 - Trends in medical writing

Omics in silico and other trends in biomedical research: Impact on how and what we write


Medical writers and communicators write about biomedical research. It follows that the latest trends in this field translate to new trends in medical writing. This article provides a peek into the latest breakthroughs
and developments in biomedical research that can impact what and how we write.

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