What the pot and pain pill overdose study teaches us about ecological fallacies

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I am delighted to offer Mind the Brain readers a guest blog written by Keith Humphreys, Ph.D., John Finney, Ph.D., Alex Sox-Harris, Ph.D., and Daniel Kivlahan, Ph.D. Drs. Humphreys, Sox-Harris, and Finney are at the Palo Alto VA and Stanford … Continue reading »

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Drugs for Malaria: Need to Overcome Resistance to Artemisinins and Eliminate All Stages of Parasites in a Wide Range of Transmission and Disease Settings

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In their second post honoring World Malaria Day, Kasturi Haldar, Editor-in-Chief of PLOS Pathogens, and Margaret Phillips comment on the challenges for drug development and the path to malaria control, elimination and eradication. For additional analysis, see their first linked … Continue reading »

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Malaria: Targets and Drugs for All Stages

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This is the updated Malaria: Targets and Drugs for All Stages Collection, which was originally published on April 25, 2013. Articles published by an expanded number of PLOS journals after the collection’s launch through April 25, 2015 are now included … Continue reading »

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Coop’s Scoop: Speak for the Trees on next #CitSciChat

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In the mid-1800s, when J. Sterling Morton moved to the Nebraska Territory, he soon was homesick for trees. Maybe he missed the sound of leaves rustling in the breeze. Or maybe the pine-fresh scent.  In 1872, as secretary for the … Continue reading »

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Pervez Hoodbhoy and Scott Atran on hope and extremism

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By Profs. Pervez Hoodbhoy and Scott Atran After he circulated his address to the UN Security Council on extremism (available here), Prof. Scott Atran received the following response from Prof. Pervez Hoodbhoy of Pakistan. Prof. Hoodbhoy is a nuclear physicist, … Continue reading »

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Scott Atran on Youth, Violent Extremism and Promoting Peace

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On 23 April, 2015, Prof. Scott Atran addressed the UN Security Council, to our knowledge the first time an anthropologist has ever been asked to speak to this body. In particular, he spoke to the Ministerial Debate on ‘The Role … Continue reading »

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Homo sap is now a GMO. Shall we edit the genes of human embryos?

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Well, the rumors that scientists in China have been messing around with fully predictable genetic engineering of human embryos, discussed here at On Science Blogs a month ago, turn out to be true. Fully predictable hell has broken out. More … Continue reading »

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The Future of Science Lies in an Understanding of Our Past

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By Cameron Neylon — Boyle’s Law in a Networked World When we talk about scholarly communication, we are almost always talking of the future. If we do look to the past it is to a canonical work. We begin almost … Continue reading »

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Stressed to Death: Overcoming Drug Resistance in Malaria Parasites

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In recent decades the burden of malaria has greatly decreased. This is the result of both successful public health initiatives and widespread use of antimalarial therapeutics. Artemisinins are a family of drugs that have been incredibly effective against Plasmodium falciparum … Continue reading »

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Adventures in Stem Cell Land

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Two weeks ago a neurologist asked me to blog about a US-based company that is offering stem cell treatments, because it had raised hopes among some of his patients. Intrigued because I cover  “stem cell tourism” in my bioethics class and … Continue reading »

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