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  Homo erectus, the Jackson Pollock of her/his day? You may be tempted to regard that find of a shell from the Pacific island of Java–supposedly engraved by our ancestor  Homo erectus half a million years ago–as a scientific blunder … Continue reading »

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Predicting diseases with Wikipedia, how the brain modifies memories, and hypersynchrony: the PLOS Comp Biol November Issue

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Here are our highlights from November’s PLOS Computational Biology. Predicting Diseases with Wikipedia Effective and timely disease surveillance is a critical component of prevention and mitigation strategies that can save lives. Nicholas Generous and colleagues have proposed a new approach … Continue reading »

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Lungfish brains ain’t boring

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I tend to think of fish brains as fairly unremarkable. Too simple relative to mammal brains, too un-dinosaur-y relative to dinosaur brains. Shark and perch brains get a brief nod in many comparative anatomy classes, but mostly to lament how … Continue reading »

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Pay $1000 to criticize a bad ‘blood test for depression’ article?

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No way, call for retraction. Would you pay $1,000 for the right to criticize bad science in the journal in which it originally appeared? That is what it costs to participate in postpublication peer review at the online Nature Publishing … Continue reading »

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James Watson On “Genetic Losers”

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I’m thrilled that Christie’s decided to auction off James Watson’s Nobel prize on a Thursday, DNA Science posting day! I’ve got some great quotes to add to the chatter. Dr. Watson shared the Nobel prize with Francis Crick in 1962 for … Continue reading »

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Getting Credit for Data

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As the largest journal in the world, PLOS ONE publishes an incredible amount of data alongside its research articles, yet the article itself remains the gold standard for attributing credit. While data is the fundamental unit of research, it isn’t … Continue reading »

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The Corrupting Power of Cancer

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When we think of antioxidants, we think of good, protective things, like blueberries, red wine, and dark chocolate (God, I love antioxidants). But cancer, that nefarious creature, finds a way to corrupt even the most benign cellular functions, bending them to its … Continue reading »

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Neglected Tropical Diseases that Kill

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According to the latest (November 28) figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 6,000 people have died so far in the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with estimates that the … Continue reading »

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Ebola: MSF Should Not Replace Governmental Responsibilities

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A version of this was published in Le Temps on 31 October 2014 Thomas Nierle and Bruno Jochum of Médecins Sans Frontières emphasize the responsibility of governments to lead the response to disasters like the Ebola outbreak. MEP Charles Goerens, … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about how plants cope with arsenic in the soil, the lengthening of tubular biological structures, disrupting protein translocation, and the need for transparency in grant reviews.   Living with Arsenic Arsenic is … Continue reading »

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