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Making Biomolecular Simulations Accessible in the Post-Nobel Prize Era

4 hours 48 min ago

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

6 hours 50 min ago

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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A fix for GMO battles? Plus sexual harassment during field research

9 hours 8 min ago

 

Give us this day a fix for the GMO battles?

Two papers published in the last week were signal events for agricultural genomics. First was the draft of the huge, and hugely complex, genome of bread wheat, the …

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Delving into subject areas with PLOS Cloud Explorer

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 3:59pm

As discussed in a previous post in the PLOS Tech blog, PLOS uses a sophisticated approach to classify research articles according to what they are about. Using machine-aided indexing, articles are associated with subject areas from a thesaurus containing over …

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Millennium Development Goal 6: Measuring Progress

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 2:00pm

One of the most dramatic international responses to the Millennium Development Goals launched by then United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan in 2000 has been the global public health community’s response to MDG 6 “To combat AIDS, malaria and other diseases” [1].  …

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Citizen Science is a Shore Thing!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:44pm

Share jellyfish sightings, track stars during evening beach strolls, count fireflies, or report dragonfly swarms while you’re at the beach this summer. Or participate in dozens of other summertime citizen science projects and advance fields of research in the process! …

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Pseudo-poo! All that glitters isn’t fecal gold

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:49am

Fossil feces are the stuff of legend. Not only do they have the “gee-whiz-gross” factor, but they also preserve evidence of diet, parasites, and paleoecology in long-dead animals. An paleontological urban legend holds that the technical term–”coprolite”–was coined …

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Exploring a Culture of Health: Creating a Roadmap to Community Health

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:17am

This post is part of Exploring a Culture of Health, a citizen science series brought to you by Discover Magazine, SciStarter and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, serving as an ally to help Americans work together to

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This week in PLOS Biology

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:21am

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Sit Back and Listen

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:07pm
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Few of us remember how easily we learned language as children. Although the acquisition wasn’t always graceful then—‘awry’ never sounds the same way aloud as the way I read it in my head— using our primary language as an adult …

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This picture captures why “no sugar added” is a meaningless concept

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 8:30am

It seems that every time I go to the grocery store I see more products proudly announcing that they have “no sugar added”.  Typically these claims are seen on juice and other products that contain a high sugar content.

As Yoni …

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“Oh no! What happened?” “W220.2XD: Walked into lamppost, subsequent encounter.”

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 9:00am

Last week, I ran across this very entertaining piece over in Healthcare Dive about the new ICD-10 codes. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is an incredibly useful tool in public health that basically can reduce an injury to …

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Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: Patients who were research subjects and the doctors who listened – the citizen science of HIV/AIDS research

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 12:28pm

Many prominent people involved in HIV/AIDS research lost their lives when Malaysian plane MH17 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine. HIV/AIDS researchers exemplify how scientists serve the public good. A key to HIV/AIDS research has involved embracing a certain type …

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Our Brains as Alien Technology

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 12:09pm

Cargo Cult PlaneOur brains are alien technology. We don’t understand how they work, and the glimpses we have gotten so far indicate that our brains work quite differently than our own smart technology.

After a century of research, we are just beginning …

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Making Metrics Count – ALM Article Feature Series

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 2:22pm

In this age when we are all obsessed by counting, should we be celebrating yet more sets of metrics? Albert Einstein famously quipped: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” While a …

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Lab safety, smallpox and more virulent flu, marijuana benefits, plus headless, heedless, and clueless at Science

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 1:09pm

Lab safety is even worse than you thought

The best single blog source for keeping up with the current smallpox-anthrax-flu-lab safety fiasco is Maryn McKenna’s Superbug, one of the Wired blogs.  Some recent posts:

About the cache of old vials …

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FASEB Summer Research Conference on Dynamic DNA Structures in Biology: Sergei Mirkin

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 9:51am
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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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Passion and 3D printers reinvent STEM learning

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:47am

Do the words “science class” evoke unhappy memories of struggling to memorize arcane facts unrelated to anything in the world you cared about? Did your teacher’s mastery of the science only accentuate how little you knew? If so, take heart.…

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Juice is not natural (!!!)

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:00am

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The health-impact of juice is a contentious issue. Yes, it’s full of vitamins and minerals. But it’s also full of sugar.  How much sugar?  The below graph compares the calories and sugar content in a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola, Pepsi, …

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