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Source: Open research unlocks career opportunities: An interview featuring Meredith Niles In this PLOScast, Elizabeth Seiver speaks with Meredith Niles, an early career researcher and a member of the Board of Directors at PLOS. They discuss
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Source: WHA69: Leave no one behind, World Hepatitis Alliance Raquel Peck is the CEO of the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA), she shares her hope thats stronger action on viral hepatitis will be high on the
Source: Don’t Call Me Tarpan Note: This guest post was contributed by Andrea Castelli. Andrea had published this in an earlier version elsewhere, but has updated it for PLOS Blogs. Thank you, Andrea! If you
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Source: PLOS Genetics Research Prize 2016: Nominations open AddThis Sharing Buttons above With the launch of the PLOS Genetics Research Prize 2016, I talked to João Barroso-Batista, one of the first authors of last year’s
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Source: Fossil Friday Roundup: May 20, 2016 This week’s featured image is the skull of the new horned dinosaur Spiclypeus, from Mallon et al. 2016. Papers: Data Sources for Trait Databases: Comparing the Phenomic Content of
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