FDA Voucher for Leishmaniasis Treatment: Can Both Patients and Companies Win?

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Bernard Pécoul and Manica Balasegaram discuss whether drug companies have taken advantage of flaws in the FDA Priority Review Voucher program. It sounded like a pure global health success story. A company develops a drug for one of the most neglected … Continue reading »

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Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: Hash Out Citizen Science in Twitter Chat Sessions

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#CitSciChat Starting this month, you can tune in and take part in monthly discussion sessions about citizen science. The discussions take place on Twitter and anyone is welcome to join with questions, answers, comments, and ideas. You can follow the … Continue reading »

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How often should you shower?

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At first glance, a silly question. Have you ever questioned your showering practices? A shower is taken for granted, a daily or near-daily practice that begins or ends our days. It can be soothing, warm, and pleasurable, or a minor … Continue reading »

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7 Tips for Women at Science Conferences

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  Women are really losing out at many science conferences. Large chunks of our lives are spent listening to men talking – often unbroken by a female voice for hours at a time – especially from the podium for major … Continue reading »

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Publishing Initiatives at PLOS: Improving the Author Experience

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The last few months have brought exciting developments at PLOS, and we’ll be doing more in 2015 to make the publishing experience with PLOS even better. Today’s post will talk about just some of what is new now and due … Continue reading »

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One Million Deaths by Parasites

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The end of 2014 saw the release of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013), in which 240 causes of death were studied through a systematic analysis.  Among the important findings were that globally, parasitic diseases caused more … Continue reading »

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Hot and Bothered: What Warmer Temperatures Could Mean for ‘Living Fossils’

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For most animals, the sex of their offspring is determined by genetics. However, for tuatara, a lizard-like reptile that inhabits select New Zealand islands, the number of males versus females is related to the temperature during a specific period of … Continue reading »

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Cancer: Bad luck, bad writing, and maybe a bad paper

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  Few papers have stimulated bloggery like the one on the randomness of cancer  by Bert Vogelstein and Cristian Tomasetti, which Science published January 2 (paywall). That doubtless has something to do with the fact of Vogelstein. It’s hard to … Continue reading »

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Is Margaret Chan Really to Blame for the Delayed Ebola Response?

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Sara Gorman (@saragorm) discusses recent criticism of WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and whether the focus should be on failures in preparation rather than response. A January 6 article in the New York Times suggested that WHO Director-General Margaret Chan’s response to the … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week you can read about modelling Ebola containment measures, a conceptual framework for IPBES, and new insights into how the injectisome works.   Fighting Ebola in Liberia In 2014, a major epidemic of human Ebola virus … Continue reading »

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