Whether you’re new to a lab or managing one, Meta can help you stay up to date with the literature. This guide will get you started.

By Jennifer L. Minnick

Meta feeds tackle the daunting and difficult task of keeping up with the literature related to your research interests — from the foundational papers in a field to the latest results. Unlike an RSS feed or an email alert, Meta’s personalized feeds use AI-based technologies to organize and deliver research results that matter to you as they become available.

Creating and customizing a great feed is easy. Here are eight…

How rare disease researchers, patients, and advocates use Meta to support their work

By Jennifer L. Minnick

At a recent workshop about Meta, Executive Director of Cure HHT Marianne Clancy noticed a new scientific paper about the rare disease she’s focused on curing — in the form of a case report from Sudan. Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, or HHT, is a genetic disorder that causes malformation of blood vessels and leads to spontaneous bleeding in the nose and other parts of the body. More than 1.4 million people in the world are estimated to have HHT, yet approximately 90% don’t yet…

A cancer researcher starts her day with a cup of tea and a glance at Meta

Parasvi Patel could probably use Meta with her eyes closed. As a third-year PhD student, she became one of a few hundred early users of Meta while it was still under development. Now, three years later, she uses the tool daily and has even become part of the Meta team, curating hundreds of feeds that could benefit other biomedical researchers. With good reason: a paper she discovered using Meta sparked a collaboration that has helped her make important discoveries in cancer biology. …

Publication numbers in neurodegeneration are soaring. Meta’s curated collection of feeds can help you stay up to date.

By Michaela Torkar and Burcin Ikiz

Neurodegenerative diseases are devastating disorders that cause an immense economic and social burden on modern societies. This area of biomedical research is important to us at CZI and is the focus of our Neurodegeneration Challenge Network. Worldwide, there has been a substantial increase in funding of neurodegeneration research over the past decade, which has resulted in a rise in research outputs.

A recent publication trend analysis by Meta showed significant growth in the field of neurological…

Prototyping in collaboration with researchers

By Burcin Ikiz, Ph.D. & Michael Czerwinski, Ph.D.

Our goal of making Meta more powerful and useful to researchers requires a deep understanding of their knowledge discovery needs. Over the past year, we learned that these needs extend beyond the scientific literature, i.e., journal articles and preprints, to a broad set of resources that better reflect the breadth of scientific output created and disseminated by the community. …

The Meta team reflects on their best work of 2020 and shares what’s coming in 2021

By Jennifer L. Minnick

In the past year, Meta has given users more ways to get to the research that counts faster than ever before. With new developments like more precise feed design, personalized ranking, and the ongoing addition of new content, Meta is increasingly becoming a place where biomedical researchers can get a clearer view of rapidly changing science beyond published articles and preprints, no matter their area of interest.

While Meta may be known for being powered by machine learning, there is also a whole team of people behind the scenes, dedicated to bringing the best data and…

How a Meta feed is constructed with pertinent papers to keep researchers up to date

By Jennifer L. Minnick

Meta’s personalized feeds are at the heart of research discovery, providing researchers with a faster way to organize, understand, and explore science. They operate differently from an RSS feed or email list, and instead draw on a suite of AI-based technologies to deliver the latest papers and preprints.

What is a feed?

A Meta feed is a collection of research articles and preprints (and soon, other content types like datasets, protocols, software, and clinical trials), presented as a timeline that updates automatically as new content becomes available. Feeds aggregate scientific information from many sources in real…

Meta Data Story

We surveyed the literature to discover the fastest growing areas of disease research , and how COVID-19 changed the landscape.

To gauge how biomedical research has evolved in recent years, and especially in light of the current pandemic, Meta analysts examined two questions:

  1. Between 2015 and 2020, which areas of disease research have grown the fastest in terms of paper production?
  2. How has COVID-19 affected this progression?

The analysis is based on publication data in Meta. Meta’s store of published biomedical papers and preprints — including each record’s related metadata — surpasses 30 million, with some 4,000 additions each day. This dataset provides a detailed view of research activity, output, and publishing patterns.

The COVID-19 Effect: Infections & Respiratory Tract Diseases Research Not Only Grew, They Dominated

We categorized papers using disease designations from…


Potent mini antibodies could lead the way to faster, cheaper antiviral drugs

By Lindsay Borthwick

3D model of a coronavirus-fighting mini antibody | University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Moving quickly to get COVID-19 therapeutics into the clinic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted emergency approval to two antibody treatments for COVID-19, developed by Eli Lilly and Regeneron. The drugs generally contain one or more disease-fighting proteins called monoclonal antibodies that mimic those made by the human immune system. So far, they are proving safe, making researchers even more optimistic about the potential of lab-made antibodies to prevent and treat SARS-CoV-2 infections.

A recent article in Nature Biotechnology pegged the number of antibody treatments for COVID-19 that are undergoing human testing at 13…


Join our free webinar on November 4th to learn how baby turtles and narcoleptic dogs led to careers in science

At the best of times, a career transition can be difficult, especially when you’re jumping to a whole new field. Meta’s product application scientists, Burcin Ikiz and Michael Czerwinski, can shed some light on what that process can look like.

Because of Michael and Burcin’s collective experience in academia and industry, their job is to wear their scientist hats while working with our teams to develop Meta. In their current roles, they get to problem solve every day and help…


Meta is a free research discovery tool from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, providing a faster way to understand and explore science through personalized feeds.

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