A Final Update to the MHTF & PLOS Maternal Health Collection & Reflecting on our 3 Year Collaboration

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In November 2011, PLOS and the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) embarked on a 3 year partnership aiming to highlight the needs of mothers and infants through the MHTF-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health. Today we announce the final update to … Continue reading »

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Exploring Science, and the World

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Hiking in the Thuringian Forest, making Stollen, learning to speak German, joining a soccer team: none of these activities are a traditional part of an American ecologist’s life, but they are all part of mine as a researcher at the … Continue reading »

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In True Citizen Science Fashion, Crowdsourcing a Bibliography

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Record of the first bibliography can be traced back to the Ancient Library of Alexandria. The former Macedonian general Ptolemy I Soter, who was a successor to Alexander the Great, founded the library. The library itself would go on to … Continue reading »

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Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: Recap of Jan 28 #CitSciChat

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A few days ago was the first #CitSciChat, sponsored by SciStarter and my lab (The Counter Culture). The #CitSciChat was a fast-paced and exhilarating hour of citizen science discussion. Guest panelist and many others carried out a lively conversation structured … Continue reading »

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Toward True Public Engagement in Science

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As California struggles with a measles epidemic brought on by vaccine-refusing parents and surveys reveal that 80 percent of Americans support mandatory labeling on foods that contain DNA, it might appear that efforts to bridge the gap between scientific facts … Continue reading »

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SynBio B***********: Genetic recoding. Also, measles goes to Disneyland

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  An early triumph for the infant synthetic biology? Do you suppose Science‘s Breakthrough (Arrrrgh!) of the Year for 2015 has already arrived? In January, no less? Via two papers in Nature? Which venue, I suppose, might take it out … Continue reading »

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Surveying the Genomic Landscape of Modern Mammals

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A study published today in Cell  compares regulatory DNA sequences among 20 species of modern mammals, showcasing how mammalian genomes have found new uses for ancient genes. The evolution of mammals has been ongoing for about 180 million years, with a … Continue reading »

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Researchers Changing the Way We Respond to Epidemics with Wikipedia and Twitter

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“A global disease-forecasting system will change the way we respond to epidemics.”  Dr. Sara Del Valle, Los Alamos National Laboratory The media and broad scientific community have taken note of a fast-growing segment of research known as digital epidemiology. Examples: A … Continue reading »

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Introducing the Research Resource Identification Initiative at PLOS Biology & PLOS Genetics

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Reproducibility is one of the holy grails of effective, open biomedical literature. But too often resources (e.g. model organisms, software, antibodies) are not reported with sufficient detail to ensure others can replicate or expand upon the results. Today sees PLOS … Continue reading »

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Biomarker Porn: From Bad Science to Press Release to Praise by NIMH Director

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Concluding installment of NIMH biomarker porn: Depression, daughters, and telomeres Pioneer HPA-axis researcher Bernard “Barney” Carroll’s comment left no doubt about what he thought of the Molecular Psychiatry article I discussed in my last issue of Mind the Brain: Where … Continue reading »

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