Calling All Bloggers for ISMB/ECCB 2015

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ISMB/ECCB 2015 in Dublin, Ireland, is fast approaching and we invite you to be involved in the live coverage of the event.   In previous years, ISMB has been way ahead of the social media curve with microblogging in 2008, … Continue reading »

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Heading to Dublin for ISMB/ECCB 2015? Swing by Booth 1 and say hello to PLOS! Many of the journal’s academic editors will be in attendance, and PLOS Computational Biology staff Gary Beardmore and Bethany Coates will be manning the booth, … Continue reading »

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Research Matters

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Research Matters is a new article series in which active scientists speak directly about why basic research in their field matters. It bridges the gap between academic research and the public by explaining how diverse fundamental research assures real and … Continue reading »

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The problem with P values: defining clinical vs. statistical significance

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  Today we warmly welcome guest writer Sean Sinden to PLOS Public Health Perspectives. His biography is at the end of the post. The practice of null hypothesis testing has traditionally been used to interpret the results of studies in … Continue reading »

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Healthcare In Danger: what happens when it all goes wrong?

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This week on PLOS Translational Global Health, emergency physician and humanitarian & global health doctor, Jenny Jamieson, writes about some of the tacit dangers of delivering healthcare in low-resource settings. As healthcare workers, some of us travel to resource-limited settings … Continue reading »

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PLOS Computational Biology’s 10th Anniversary

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This post marks a very important date for PLOS Computational Biology and highlights how we are celebrating. Ten years ago, on June 24th 2005, the inaugural issue of PLOS Computational Biology was published, making this our 10th anniversary! To mark … Continue reading »

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Could the Pope’s Encyclical Push Public Opinion to Tipping Point on Climate?

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In the wake of last week’s release by Pope Francis of a radically comprehensive encyclical on the scientific causes and effects as well as the social, economic, and moral implications of climate change, PLOS BLOGS invited biophysicist-turned science communicator Nancy Vosnidou to examine its approach and scope … Continue reading »

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Citizen Science of the Deep Blue Sea

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For centuries, the lives of sailors were full of risks from shipwreck by storms, currents, and navigation of poorly charted waters. To cope with the risk, sailors believed in numerous omens that brought bad luck, like sharks and bananas or … Continue reading »

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I Know What You Think: Collective Intelligence in Online Communication

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Have you ever wondered what factors may shape the interactions we have in online chatrooms? With the advent of the Internet 20+ years ago, the ways in which we communicate have drastically changed, allowing us to easily interact nonverbally or … Continue reading »

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Does Big Grape Juice Control Nutrition Research? An Interview with Michele Simon

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Corporations cozying up to researchers create massive conflicts of interest. It’s an old story when the villain is a pharmaceutical company. But food companies need to make money too, and what better way than funding and publicizing research on their products? … Continue reading »

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