as in investigator
one who observes or studies by close examination and systematic inquiry medical researchers reported some eye-opening findings on the effectiveness of statins in the reduction of LDL in the bloodstream

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“Researcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/researcher. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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