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BOOK REVIEW: The Lives of Community Health Workers

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 1:11pm
  History is replete with stories of warnings from eyewitnesses that went unheeded, and of the consequences that followed – sometimes good, often bad. All accounts are partial, but experiencing something with the naked eye

Deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease, modelling chromatin dynamics, ant obstacle courses

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:50pm
  Deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease, modelling chromatin dynamics, ant obstacle courses   post-info Check out our Editors-in-Chief’s selection of papers from the May issue of PLOS Computational Biology. Quantitative theory of deep brain stimulation of

The PLOS Complexity Channel – Meet the Editors

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:43am
  Chiara Poletto, Daniele Marinazzo, José Soares Andrade Jr. and Laurent Hébert-Dufresne announce the launch of the PLOS Complexity Channel. Most of today’s global challenges, from the spreading of online misinformation to Ebola outbreaks, involve such a vast

Change starts at the bottom of the food chain

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:40am
  Earlier this week, over ‘600 of the brightest minds from science, politics, business, and civil society from over 50 countries gathered at the fifth EAT Stockholm Food Forum for two days of knowledge sharing

What Does the PREDIMED Trial Retraction & Re-Boot Mean for the Mediterranean Diet?

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 1:27pm
      A very influential nutrition trial just tanked. It was retracted from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on 13 June, and re-published with new analyses and toned-down conclusions. Both Gina Kolata, writing

New Treatment for Phenylketonuria (PKU) Clears Brain Fog

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 1:27pm
In the 1959 novella Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (and the 1968 film Charly), 32-year-old Charlie Gordon, a janitor at a New York City bakery, undergoes experimental surgery that has boosted the intelligence of a

Science Twitter and the Secretly Super-rare Saxifragaceae

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:23am
  Top Image: a figure from “The hidden Heuchera: How science Twitter uncovered a globally imperiled species in Pennsylvania, USA”   During one of the coolest experiences of my PhD, I had the opportunity to work

What does progress look like in global health? 

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 3:37pm
  Major reforms, new issues, and significant policy pivots were on the agenda for the 71stWorld Health Assembly and the many side events occurring in Geneva last week. Sadly, at the same time, Ebola has reappeared in the

The Foot Bone’s Connected to the Leg Bone

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 3:37pm
0000-0001-8462-0271   How well do you know your body, inside and out? Appendix to adrenal glands, brain to biceps, cornea to cruciate ligaments–these are all pieces of our anatomy and we all have them. But

Fossil Friday Roundup: June 8, 2018

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:11pm
  Featured Image: Xanthopimpla messelensis, from Spasojevic et al. 2018. Papers (All Open Access): How many landmarks are enough to characterize shape and size variation? (PLOS ONE) How does it feel? The affective domain and undergraduate student

PLOS ONE and Children’s Tumor Foundation partnership announce second cycle of DDIRR Awards

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:10pm
The Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF), the largest non-governmental funder of neurofibromatosis (NF) research, and PLOS ONE, a leading peer-reviewed scientific journal, are pleased to announce the successful completion of the first funding cycle of the

The Power of the Pediatrician’s Voice: Reflections on PAS 2018

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 4:40pm
The Power of the Pediatrician’s Voice: Reflections on PAS 2018   post-info Organizers and award recipients from the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting provide their impressions of this year’s meeting. The Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting, held

Building a Great Scientific Abstract: A Quick Checklist

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 4:31pm
      It should never be a rushed afterthought. An awful lot is riding on the quality of scientific abstracts. Most readers will rely on that summary, delving in no further. And a conference

Gene Therapy for Myotubular Myopathy: Early Signs of Success!

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 4:30pm
Parents cherish developmental milestones, from a newborn’s grip of an offered finger; to an infant’s holding her head up the first time; to rolling over, creeping, and crawling; then to standing, cruising, and finally walking.

Hidden in Plain Sight: the Secret Tree Diversity of Cultural National Parks in the East

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 4:24pm
  Last summer, my daughter received All Aboard! National Parks, a whimsical board book that devotes full-page spreads of colorful, kid-friendly illustrations to nine National Parks along a fictional railroad route. The National Parks skew western

I am known by many names, but it’s all SCRAMBLEd

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 4:22pm   Guest post by Thomas Clements   SCRAMBLE is a new form of directed evolution pioneered in Sc 2.0, an entirely synthetic form of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, to rapidly engineer the genome. Recently, 8 new

Tips on Nominating an Article for the $5,000 PLOS Genetics Research Prize 2018

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 4:53pm
  post-To help you nominate your chosen article, we’ve provided some helpful tips in this post. We look forward to your involvement – review the program information and submit your nomination(s)! Last month, PLOS Genetics

A Focused Intervention: The Provider’s Role in Firearm Violence Prevention

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 4:19pm
  A Focused Intervention: The Provider’s Role in Firearm Violence Prevention post-info Rocco Pallin and Garen Wintemute of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program discuss the physician’s responsibility to discuss firearm safety with patients

Closing the loop for brain imaging in depression: What have we learned and where are we heading? By David Mehler

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 4:18pm
lo Depression can have a profound impact on affected individuals and those around them. It is one of the most common mental health conditions, and its symptoms include sustained feeling of sadness, hopelessness, and guilt.

PLOS Biology in the media – May

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 11:52am
PLOS Biology in the media – May   post-info This year is flying by, and May was another bumper month at PLOS Biology. In May we’ve covered all things hair, mind-controlled avatar races, and plant