28 August 2013
Vol 5, Issue 200

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ONLINE COVER Diagnosing Consortium Fatigue. These mysterious fluorite crystals remind us that crystallization occurs through two enigmatic events—nucleation and growth—that require precise conditions. Even with successful nucleation, the resulting tiny crystal clusters can dissolve if conditions aren’t right, thus thwarting growth. Biomedical innovation and translation also are complex, multistep processes that require a supportive ecosystem, which myriad groups have attempted to create through individual partnerships. In this week’s Focus, Papadaki and Hirsch argue that alliances must be rigorously evaluated through a new discipline focused on identifying the requisite conditions for effective collaboration. [CREDIT: XELF/ISTOCKPHOTO]