Few Women Meet Their Own Goals: Readings for World Breastfeeding Week

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It’s World Breastfeeding Week, but I’m not going to belabor the point of why breastfeeding is important. That too often makes women feel criticized for their choices–so I’ll just leave this  summary of benefits here and ask the question: Do … Continue reading »

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Coop’s Scoop: Amphibian and Reptile Citizen Science on the next #CitSciChat

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There are millions of people taking part in citizen science across the world, and thousands of practitioners – scientists, educators, computer scientists, and activists – organizing citizen science projects. Citizen science has emerged as a new discipline, with novel ways … Continue reading »

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Walking meetings: a step in the right direction?

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Today’s post comes from Allana Leblanc.  You can find more on Allana at the bottom of this post. Right next to coconut water, and standing desks, “walking meetings” are the newest buzzwords for the ever trendy workplace.  A quick Google … Continue reading »

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Understanding Images: A Genetic Framework in Legumes Controls Infection of Nodules

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  In a piece reflecting on June’s PLOS Genetics issue image, authors Simon Kelly and Simona Radutoiu discuss the science behind their image. Authors: Simon Kelly and Simona Radutoiu, Aarhus University, and Carbohydrate Recognition and Signalling Centre in Denmark. Competing … Continue reading »

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Using Modern Human Genetics to Study Ancient Phenomena

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By Emma Whittington We humans are obsessed with determining our origins, hoping to reveal a little of  “who we are” in the process. It is relatively simple to trace one’s genealogy back a few generations, and there are many companies … Continue reading »

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Exciting new drugs for Alzheimer’s disease? Nah.

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So, exciting new drugs for treating Alzheimer’s disease, right? Wrong. Or, rather, let’s allow for semi-miraculous outcomes and say instead that this recent news is unlikely to be right. Most of the news concerned research results on two monoclonal antibody … Continue reading »

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Are adventurous eaters healthier?

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When it comes to food, I’ll try anything at least once. As I documented before, I’ve dined on tarantula, frog, crickets, snake, raw clams, red ants, and durian fruit – and that was just on a single trip through Asia! When … Continue reading »

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Correcting the myths about missing drug trials

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Not all drug trials get published. This is a problem because doctors, journalists, and others look to published data for the fullest picture of whether and how a drug works, and in whom. The international AllTrials campaign launched a US … Continue reading »

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Midsummer Updates at DNA Science

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Summer is half over, so I thought I’d update a few posts. EMAN IN LIBERIA A year ago, I frantically wrote about my young friend in Liberia, Emmanuel Gokpolu, and his pleas to help stop Ebola. Emmanuel and his loved ones … Continue reading »

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Key New Species Discoveries of 2014

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While there’s no denying the ongoing global extinction of animals, microbes and plants, the discovery of new species provides critical information into the puzzle of earth’s biodiversity and evolutionary history. Each year, thousands of new species are identified: 18,000 in … Continue reading »

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