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Social media for professional learning and growth

by Dr. Manishankar Chakraborty
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Social media along with other benefits offered by Internet has provided lot of opportunities and challenges.

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The leading US scientific organisation, responding to concerns expressed by scientists and ethicists, has launched an ambitious initiative to recommend guidelines for new genetic technology.

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