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ear Readers,

Today, scientists and citizens are gathering in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of other cities worldwide in support of science. Maybe you’ll be there, too.

To chronicle the event, STAT has dispatched journalists around the country for on-the-ground coverage. You can follow our reporters on Twitter in Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and San Francisco, and keep on top of the news with our live blog of all the latest developments.

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We’ve been on this story since January. For some background, here’s who we think might show up today (and why at least one postdoc says he won’t), and a peek at some of the most imaginative signs out there. Here’s my interview with march keynoter Bill Nye, who fretted that the women’s march might get a bigger crowd. And this, from march co-chair Lydia Villa-Komaroff, about why this is a historic moment.

If you’ve been reading STAT, you know organizing a march is harder than just painting signs, putting on a lab coat, and joining the crowd. Scientists’ outpouring of interest — the march’s early Facebook group amassed 800,000 members in just the first two weeks — challenged its organizing committee, resulting in infighting and some embarrassing gaffes.

Will today’s events electrify the scientific community and the larger world audience? If so, how?

We hope you’ll turn to STAT as we pursue the answers. Thank you for signing up for our newsletters and STAT Plus, our new subscription service that offers even more exclusive stories about pharma and biotech.

Enjoy the day.

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