This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about the evolution of thermostable proteins, the Addgene initiative, microenvironment influence on tumour metastasis and communication between neurons and glia.   Adapting to Life at High Temperature A new research article from … Continue reading »

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Mind the Deadly Gaps

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Grania Brigden (@TBBrigden) discusses the urgent need to close the gaps in the TB response. The 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health held in Barcelona last week opened with the Health Ministers of South Africa and India making bold … Continue reading »

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Election: marijuana, climate change, abortion, Obamacare, soda tax, GMOs

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  Still going to pot The Republicans won big last Tuesday. But so did marijuana.  Here’s a summary, from Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic: “Oregon and Alaska just became the third and fourth states to legalize the drug. Washington, D.C., … Continue reading »

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Understanding images: Under the skin of PLOS Genetics’ October issue image

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This is the first installment in a new series of blog posts from PLOS Genetics about our monthly issue images. Ian Smyth and Tia DiTommaso talk about October’s image from their article, DiTommaso et al. Authors: Ian Smyth and Tia … Continue reading »

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Lessons learned developing scholarly open source software

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Earlier this week we released version 3.8 of the Lagotto open source software (migrating the software to version 4 of the Rails framework). Lagotto is software that tracks events (views, saves, discussions and citations) around scholarly articles and provides these … Continue reading »

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Groundbreaking Air Quality Study Demonstrates the Power of Citizen Science

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Editors Note: This is a guest post by Gwen Ottinger, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Drexel University.  She has done extensive research on community-based air monitoring and community-industry relations around oil refineries.  She … Continue reading »

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Eman Reports From Ebola Ground Zero

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The last post here at DNA Science continued Emmanuel Gokpolu’s reporting from Ebola ground zero in Monrovia, and surrounding communities. The Ebola outbreak interrupted Eman’s medical education, so now he is teaching his people about strategies to minimize risk of infection. Eman … Continue reading »

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Protein structure prediction, pleiotropic patterns, and more: the PLOS Comp Biol October Issue

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Here are our highlights from October’s PLOS Computational Biology. Proteins execute many functions in the cell, and these biological functions are strongly linked to their three-dimensional structure. By constructing a probabilistic model for sequence variability, Erik Aurell and colleagues present … Continue reading »

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@PLOSNTDs Dispatches from #TropMed14 Day 3: Ebola Updates

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In a Storify summary of the third day of the ASTMH conference, tweets and blog posts from a morning press conference, then the main science session, both dealing with Ebola treatment, containment and prevention. [View the story “@PLOSNTDs Dispatches from … Continue reading »

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Make data sharing easy: PLOS launches its Data Repository Integration Partner Program

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Over the past couple of years, we’ve been improving data access in a number of ways, notably: unlocking content in SI files,connecting PLOS Biology and PLOS Genetics with Dryad data, and making data discoverable through figshare recommendations.  Our update to the PLOS data policy in … Continue reading »

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