This week in PLOS Biology

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In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about how ‘killer sperm‘ might prevent inter-species breeding, a new observation in the process of making stem cells, and an insight into parasitic tolerance in a long-studied population

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Is dying a mental health issue?

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Should a dying patient talking to a psychiatrist be diagnosed with adjustment disorder related to death?

 Dare we ask: Could impending death not be sufficiently psychologically distressing for patients to routinely benefit from psychotherapy?

2Presentation1Patients aware that they are dying …

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World Hepatitis Day 2014 – Think Again

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A former hepatitis virus researcher reminisces on the progress made and challenges remaining in the fight to eradicate chronic viral hepatitis.

July 28, 2014.  “Hepatitis: Think Again.”  That is the motto for this year’s World Hepatitis Day, a program …

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Visit PLOS at IUMS 2014 in Montréal

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We are pleased to announce that PLOS Pathogens will be exhibiting at the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS), July 27th – August 1st in Montréal.

IUMS unites 3 international congresses of bacteriology and applied microbiology, mycology and eukaryotic microbiology, …

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The Relationships of Education, Health, and Skills in Improving the Lives of Adults and Their Families: A Call for Papers for a New PLOS Collection

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The U.S. National Institutes of Health (the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child and Human Development (NICHD) and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)) and the U.S. Department of Education (Office of Career, Technical, and Adult …

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Immigrant youth to Canada are less active than Canadians, but only for a little bit

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Regular readers of the blog and my Twitter profile will know that my PhD dissertation is focused on the health of young people to Canada. In particular, I’m interested in how their health changes over time – does it get …

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Just Add Water: World Water Monitoring Challenge 2013 Results

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The World Water Monitoring Challenge results are out!

Earlier this year, I found myself hanging over a concrete ledge by the Charles River. But not to worry – it was nothing dire. I was actually trying to collect a …

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Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: The nine simultaneous lives of cats

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Discover Magazine’s September print edition featured an infographic called “20 Things You Didn’t Know About Cats.” Felines seem to lead elusive, mysterious lives. Fortunately, the citizen science project Cat Tracker allows you to track your cat beyond what we can

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Making Biomolecular Simulations Accessible in the Post-Nobel Prize Era

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PLOS Computational Biology Editor-in-Chief Ruth Nussinov and Guest Editor Qiang Cui introduce a freely available interactive step-by-step guide for performing common molecular simulation tasks integrated into the CHARMM INterface and Graphics web user interface. The three papers are part of

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Inaugural Centromere Biology Gordon Conference: Beth Sullivan

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As part of its mission to encourage engagement within the genetics community, PLOS Genetics is sponsoring a number of conferences and meetings this year. In order to raise awareness about these conferences and the researchers who attend them we are

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