Are Food Deserts also Food Monocultures? Proposing a Citizen Science Project in Urban Ecology

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Editor’s Note: This is a two-part post, a version of which first appeared on the author’s blog. Drive through the United States, and one thing you will notice is a high degree of repetition in the scenery. Highways cross through large … Continue reading »

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Boko Haram and Africa’s Neglected Tropical Diseases

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Peter Hotez (@PeterHotez), Co-Editor in Chief of PLOS NTDs, was named U.S. Science Envoy by the White House and State Department with a focus on vaccine science diplomacy and joint vaccine development with countries in the Middle East and North … Continue reading »

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CRISPR Meets iPS: Technologies Converge to Tackle Sickle Cell Disease

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Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have teamed two powerful technologies to correct sickle cell disease. Linzhao Cheng and colleagues have deployed CRISPR/Cas-9 on iPS cells to replace the mutant beta globin gene.   ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS CRISPR conjures up images … Continue reading »

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A digital head for Acanthostega

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What has 16 fingers and a digital skull? Acanthostega, that’s what! Acanthostega was one of the first limbed (rather than strictly “finned”) vertebrates, living around 365 million years ago in the shallow waters of modern day Greenland. Imagine something that looked roughly like … Continue reading »

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A Crisis at NCRIS – Australia’s Science Infrastructure under Threat.

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by Ginny Barbour (updated March 16th – see foot of post) There’s a high-stakes game of chicken currently being played out in Australia that has everyone who uses science infrastructure (that’s, well, pretty much every scientist then) in Australia biting … Continue reading »

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The latest findings on sedentary behaviour and mortality

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Today’s post is a summary of a fascinating new paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine on the relationship between sedentary behaviour and premature mortality (available here).  The paper has garnered a tremendous amount of media attention (see here, here … Continue reading »

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Sweetening their own deal

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Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (@CSPI), comments on a research article appearing in PLOS Medicine this week that describes the sugar industry’s continuing efforts to subvert public health policies. Forty or … Continue reading »

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Mind Your “p”s, RRs, and NNTs: On Good Statistics Behavior

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P is for pandemonium. And a bit of that broke out recently when a psychology journal banned p-values and more, declaring the whole process of significance testing “invalid”. There’s a good roundup of views about this development from statisticians over at the Royal … Continue reading »

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Culture like Relativity

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One of the prominent ways to think about culture is as a system of symbols or beliefs. For example, Clifford Geertz wrote in 1973: Believing, with Max Weber, that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself … Continue reading »

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Open access to anti-Trypanosomatid compounds selected from whole-cell high throughput screenings

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Ana Rodriguez, Deputy Editor of PLOS NTDs, and Julio Alonso Padilla, former visiting fellow at GlaxoSmithKline, announce the disclosure of a large collection of antiparasitic compounds to facilitate research and drug development for Chagas Disease, Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) and … Continue reading »

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