Introducing the Research Resource Identification Initiative at PLOS Biology & PLOS Genetics

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Reproducibility is one of the holy grails of effective, open biomedical literature. But too often resources (e.g. model organisms, software, antibodies) are not reported with sufficient detail to ensure others can replicate or expand upon the results. Today sees PLOS … Continue reading »

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Biomarker Porn: From Bad Science to Press Release to Praise by NIMH Director

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Concluding installment of NIMH biomarker porn: Depression, daughters, and telomeres Pioneer HPA-axis researcher Barnard “Bernie” Carroll’s comment left no doubt about what he thought of the Molecular Psychiatry article I discussed in my last issue of Mind the Brain: Where … Continue reading »

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When you lose weight, where does the fat ACTUALLY go?

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The answer to this question may surprise you. In fact, according to a recent British Medical Journal article discussing this issue, few health professionals, including doctors, dieticians, and personal trainers know the correct answer. First, let’s back up for a … Continue reading »

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How a Tree Helped a Village with Ebola Control

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Upon her return from 6 weeks in west Africa working with Partners In Health on the Liberia Ebola response, Farrah Kashfipour reflects on the challenges of responding to an epidemic in a resource-limited setting. The Ebola epidemic continues to ravage west Africa, … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about new neurons for old brains, how yeast anticipate change, a serious downside of illegal drug laws, and how to prioritise conservation efforts.   Adult Neurogenesis: Are Humans like Rodents? This new … Continue reading »

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Fossilized Footprints Lead Scientists Down a Prehistoric Path

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Whether tromping alone or running in a pack, all prehistoric creatures got around somehow. Paleontologists can use fossilized bones to learn more about what dinosaurs ate, what they looked like, and even how they might have moved, but bones are … Continue reading »

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Why Measles Isn’t Just An Anti-Vaxxer Problem

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I have a little metaphor I use with my kid. When he asks why we get shots at the doctor, I remind him of all the super powers he has. One day he got super powers against whooping cough and … Continue reading »

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How Will the Ebola Epidemic End?

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Upon his return from 6 weeks volunteering with the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership at a number of Ebola isolation facilities in Freetown, Tom Boyles considers the endgame of the Ebola epidemic. There are encouraging signs of an overall reduction in … Continue reading »

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Rising Wealth Inequality and NCDs – What’s the Link?

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This week, Maja Pleic writes on the connections between economic inequality and non-communicable disease. A timely article, in time for the latest triennial Global Status Report on NCDs.   On January 19th, Oxfam released a report which shows that global wealth inequality, … Continue reading »

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State of the Union: precision medicine, the space program, climate change

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  The state of science and medicine in the State of the Union As David Malakoff observed at ScienceInsider, science is never the centerpiece of the President’s annual State of the Union speech.  On Tuesday evening, however, science and medicine … Continue reading »

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