Update on gene editing of human embryos–and other organisms

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  The National Academy of Sciences has confirmed officially that yes, as rumored for weeks, it will hold a meeting to thrash out issues posed by the new gene editing techniques. These will probably be ethical and policy issues mostly. … Continue reading »

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Nepal after the recent earthquakes: reconstruction and vaccine-preventable enteric diseases

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In the wake of the recent devastating earthquakes, PLOS Medicine Consulting Editor Lorenz von Seidlein visited Nepal to assess outbreak risks. Lorenz travelled with Anuj Bhattachan, International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, Korea and guidance from Deepak C. Bajracharya and Shyam Raj Upreti  … Continue reading »

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Malaria and Epstein-Barr Virus: A Lethal Combination

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A recent study in PLOS Pathogens investigates how Epstein-Barr virus and malaria co-infection may create a lethal combination if the timing is right. Epstein-Barr virus and malaria are two infections that can each be controlled on their own, but a new study in … Continue reading »

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FASEB Conference on Genetic Recombination and Genome Rearrangements: Michael Lichten

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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 featuring a … Continue reading »

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Three important things you didn’t know about diabetes

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This week, lead blogger Dr Alessandro Demaio of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative returns to lay things straight on a leading cause of global deaths. When we think of diabetes, we tend to think of rich people with poor lifestyles. … Continue reading »

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What I Learned About Health From Reporting It

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Some people find themselves nodding along with articles like 25 Struggles Only People Addicted to Diet Coke Will Understand. Me, I got that same feeling from reading this Vox piece by Julia Belluz and Sarah Kliff: No more dieting, and … Continue reading »

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Is mindfulness-based therapy ready for rollout to prevent relapse and recurrence in depression?

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Doubts that much of clinical or policy significance was learned from a recent study published in Lancet Promoters of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) notoriously established a record for academics endorsing a psychotherapy as better than alternatives, in the absence … Continue reading »

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“P-hacking”: Megan Head on why it’s bad for science

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To mark evolutionary biologist Megan Head’s May 20 appearance on PLOS Science Wednesday “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) series on redditscience, we re-post this April 9 interview with the author conducted by PLOS Neuro Contributing Editor, Neuroskeptic. In it, Head discusses the … Continue reading »

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International Museum Day

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Today is International Museum Day. Today (and every day) I’m grateful for museums and the people who work in them. Natural history museums (especially The Field Museum in Chicago) were key inspirations that got me on my path to a career in evolutionary … Continue reading »

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Birth control news: Free contraception. Also: DIY abortion

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Birth control: science’s most important achievement Effective birth control is, arguably, the most important human invention since language. Also the most important contribution of science to human welfare ever. Discuss. But you’re going to have to work hard to convince … Continue reading »

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