Eman’s Emails from Liberia: Through September

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Emmanuel Gokpolu, who lives in Liberia, calls me Mom, although he has a wonderful real mother. In Africa, family isn’t only about DNA. Eman contacted me in 2007, after using my human genetics textbook in college. My husband Larry and I had been … Continue reading »

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Everything you ever wanted to know about breast fat but were afraid to ask

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Before I begin, I should admit that the title of this post probably oversells the depth and breadth of the content that follows.  In fact, this post is going to focus exclusively on the one breast-related issue on which I … Continue reading »

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Rich Citations: Open Data about the Network of Research

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Why are citations just binary links? There’s a huge difference between the article you cite once in the introduction alongside 15 others, and the data set that you cite eight times in the methods and results sections, and once more … Continue reading »

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Ebola has Taught us a Crucial Lesson about our Views of “Irrational” Health Behaviors

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Sara Gorman compares “irrational” reactions to the Ebola outbreak by Americans and West Africans. As Ebola rears its ugly head in the U.S., there has been a lot of discussion about how afraid we really should be. While health officials … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about managing disease outbreaks, alpha band oscillations, human embalming techniques, unexpected effects of synaptic size and staying asleep.   Controlling Disease Outbreaks Adaptively Disease outbreak management is a highly relevant topic given … Continue reading »

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The Price of Joining the ‘Middle Income Country’ Club: Reduced Access to Medical Innovation

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On November 5, 2014, the WHO, WIPO and WTO will hold a joint symposium to discuss innovation and access to medical technologies in middle-income countries. In this post, Judit Rius Sanjuan and Rohit Malpani of Médecins Sans Frontières discuss the barriers … Continue reading »

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Chromatin and Epigenetics: From Omics to Single Cells

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As part of its mission to encourage engagement within the genetics community, PLOS Genetics is sponsoring a number of conferences and meetings this year. In order to raise awareness about these conferences and the researchers who attend them we are … Continue reading »

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Do physical activity interventions also decrease sedentary time ?

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Today’s post comes from friend and colleague Dr Stephanie Prince, discussing her important new paper published in Obesity Reviews (available free here).  More on Stephanie can be found at the bottom of this post.  And if you happen to be … Continue reading »

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Does Urbanization Always Drive Economic Growth? Not Exactly…

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We often think of cities as major drivers of economic development and growth. Big cities expand our access to infrastructure like public transit and public education. They allow for more efficient distribution of social services such as government assistance and … Continue reading »

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12 simple ways to prevent cancer

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33% to 50% of all cancers are attributable to preventable lifestyle causes, such as smoking and tobacco use, poor diet, alcohol consumption, and obesity (1-3). Genetics play a tiny role, causing only 5-10% of all cancers. The remainder of cancer … Continue reading »

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