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Genetics and microbiome of cattle methane production: 2017 PLOS Genetics Research Prize Winning Research

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:59pm
post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons aTTThe PLOS Genetics Editors-in-Chief and Senior Editors would like to congratulate: Rainer Roehe, Richard J. Dewhurst, Carol-Anne Duthie, John A. Rooke, Nest McKain, Dave W.  Ross, Jimmy J. Hyslop, Anthony Waterhouse,

Breaking memory circuits with marijuana

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:58pm
  Paranoia. Munchies. Giggles. Sleepiness. Memory loss. Although the effects of cannabinoids–the active components of marijuana–are familiar to many, their neurobiological substrates are poorly characterized. Perhaps the effect of greatest interest to both neuroscientists and

White Supremacy: The Dark Side of Eugenics

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:00pm
  Whenever I work on a new edition of my human genetics textbook and reach the section on eugenics, at the end of an evolution chapter, I’m relieved that it’s history. But this summer, as

When neurogenesis goes wrong…

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 6:27pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 Neurogenesis is a complex biological process by which neurons are generated from neural stem cells and progenitor cells. Indeed, the discovery of a dynamic neurogenesis in the adult brain (in both humans and animals)

Life after death: Largest discovered Ichthyosaurus preserves a fossilised embryo

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 6:26pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 Ichthyosaurs, meaning ‘fish lizards’, are a bizarre group of ancient marine reptiles that went extinct around 90 million years ago. They looked suspiciously similar to dolphins, but are only very, very distantly related to

A neuron’s eye view, recovering from intestinal cleanout, and models of cancer cell line metabolism

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 6:26pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 A neuron’s eye view, recovering from intestinal cleanout, and models of cancer cell line metabolism   post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above Check out our highlights from the PLOS Computational Biology August issue: A systems

How hard is science? Reverse Dunning-Kruger effects and science education

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:47pm The Dunning-Kruger (DK) effect is the well-established phenomenon that people tend to over estimate their understanding of a particular topic or their skill at a particular task, often to a dramatic degree [link][link]. We

Gene Therapy: Hoopla and Hurdles

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:47pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 Today I’m giving an invited lecture at Georgia College, “Gene Therapy: A Forever Fix”? I’ve given the talk many times, since my book The Forever Fix was published in 2012, but this is the first

Digital Disaster Relief: Crowdsourced Responses to Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Floods Around the World

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:47pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 By Lily Bui In the brief span of two months, a series of disasters have swept across the globe. Hurricanes in the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean left homes, businesses, and streets flooded, disarmed

Understanding Images: Shedding light on nuclear size control

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 12:46pm
0000-0002-8715-2896 Understanding Images: Shedding light on nuclear size control   post-info AddThis Sharing Buttons above Authors: Kazunori Kume1 and Helena Cantwell2 1: Hiroshima Research Center for Healthy Aging, Department of Molecular Biotechnology, Graduate School of

To Sign or Not to Sign: A Slice of Transparency in Peer Review

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:22pm
0000-0002-8715-28960000-0001-7318-5892 Scientists depend on the proper evaluation of research that creates the foundation for future work, and the public expects curated scientific content to be trustworthy. All forms of peer review, whether for ethical, technical

Live Blogging #PeerRevWk17 Day 3: Innovations in Peer Review and Scientific Publishing

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:35am
0000-0002-8715-2896   Over 500 science journal editors, publishers, and meta-researchers are gathered in Chicago for the 8th Peer Review Congress (#PRC8), a once-every-4-years researchfest about “enhancing the quality and credibility of science”. I’m live-blogging – you can catch

Upcoming Opportunities for the PLOS Paleo Community!

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:34am
0000-0002-8715-2896 Featured Image: Last year’s Top 10 OA Fossil Vertebrates contest winner, Gualicho shinyae. From Apestiguía et al (2017). Howdy folks! Sarah here! I just wanted to bring a few items to the attention of the