Who Let the Microbes Out: A Paw Print of Doggy Skin Bacteria

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A house is not a home without a dog, and a dog isn’t a “D-O-double-G” without its microbial “crew.” Human microbiome research is progressing rapidly, and we are always learning how the bacteria living on and inside of us contribute … Continue reading »

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Amazingly spun mindfulness trial in British Journal of Psychiatry: How to publish a null trial

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Since when is “mindfulness therapy is not inferior to routine primary care” newsworthy?   Spinning makes null results a virtue to be celebrated…and publishable. An article reporting a RCT of group mindfulness therapy Sundquist, J., Lilja, Å., Palmér, K., Memon, … Continue reading »

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Games That Teach You Something About Public Health

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Reading is great, but sometimes it’s more fun to learn by playing. Here are a few games that will end up teaching you something about public health: Spent: This game is for anybody who feels like they know how they … Continue reading »

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: A Personal Account (Part 1)

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When most people think of vacations, they envision themselves lounging on a sunny beach, sipping a drink out of a coconut, while hotel staff tend to their every need. Although there is nothing especially wrong with this type of holiday, my … Continue reading »

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Nature’s Notebook: Through the Eyes of a Citizen Scientist

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This guest post by Sharman Apt Russel describes a citizen science experience with the the project, Nature’s Notebook featured on our recent Spring themed newsletter. Check out the rest of the projects on that list here. Nature’s Notebook is also one … Continue reading »

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‘Open Source, Open Science’ meeting report – March 2015

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On March 19th and 20th, the Center for Open Science hosted a small meeting in Charlottesville, VA, convened by COS and co-organized by Kaitlin Thaney (Mozilla Science Lab) and Titus Brown (UC Davis). People working across the open science ecosystem … Continue reading »

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Do AA and other 12-step programs work? Does breastfeeding raise IQ?

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Do 12-step programs for addiction treatment work? Are 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous effective treatments for addiction? That long-time dispute has just popped up again, prompted mostly by an Atlantic article with the click-worthy title “The Irrationality … Continue reading »

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Understanding Images: Golden Retrievers Contribute to Cancer Research

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This continues our series of blog posts from PLOS Genetics about our monthly issue images. Author Kerstin Lindblad-Toh discusses February’s issue image from Tonomura et al Author: Kerstin Lindblad-TOH, Professor Uppsala University, Co-Director SciLifeLab Sweden and Director of Vertebrate Genome Biology, … Continue reading »

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Autism Gene Discovery Recalls Alzheimer’s and BRCA1 Stories

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Discovery of a new gene behind autism cleverly combines genetic techniques new and classic. Autism has been difficult to characterize genetically. It is probably a common endpoint for many genotypes, and is a multifactorial (“complex”) trait. That is, hundreds of genes … Continue reading »

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Drink makers are squirrely about ingredients, even when they share nutrition info

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Alcoholic beverage manufacturer Diageo made headlines recently for announcing they will put nutrition labels on their products, including Guinness and Smirnoff brands. But the buzz about nutrition information (which I wrote about, briefly, for Lifehacker) skipped over what should be … Continue reading »

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