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Moratorium on virus research, epigenetics and fear, open access to journals

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:07pm

  A moratorium shuts down research on flu, MERS, and SARS viruses The debate began quickly over the moratorium that the White House has  declared on certain sorts of virus research, the sort where researchers are deliberately trying to make … Continue reading »

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Oppression, Mental Health, and the House Science Committee

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:40am

By Steven Folmar, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Anthropology, Wake Forest University      On September 15 of this year, I learned from my Program Officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF) that the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space … Continue reading »

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Eman’s Emails from Liberia: Through September

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:27am

Emmanuel Gokpolu, who lives in Liberia, calls me Mom, although he has a wonderful real mother. In Africa, family isn’t only about DNA. Eman contacted me in 2007, after using my human genetics textbook in college. My husband Larry and I had been … Continue reading »

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Everything you ever wanted to know about breast fat but were afraid to ask

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:00am

Before I begin, I should admit that the title of this post probably oversells the depth and breadth of the content that follows.  In fact, this post is going to focus exclusively on the one breast-related issue on which I … Continue reading »

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Rich Citations: Open Data about the Network of Research

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:04pm

Why are citations just binary links? There’s a huge difference between the article you cite once in the introduction alongside 15 others, and the data set that you cite eight times in the methods and results sections, and once more … Continue reading »

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Ebola has Taught us a Crucial Lesson about our Views of “Irrational” Health Behaviors

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:11pm

Sara Gorman compares “irrational” reactions to the Ebola outbreak by Americans and West Africans. As Ebola rears its ugly head in the U.S., there has been a lot of discussion about how afraid we really should be. While health officials … Continue reading »

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This week in PLOS Biology

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:10pm

In PLOS Biology this week, you can read about managing disease outbreaks, alpha band oscillations, human embalming techniques, unexpected effects of synaptic size and staying asleep.   Controlling Disease Outbreaks Adaptively Disease outbreak management is a highly relevant topic given … Continue reading »

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The Price of Joining the ‘Middle Income Country’ Club: Reduced Access to Medical Innovation

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:27pm

On November 5, 2014, the WHO, WIPO and WTO will hold a joint symposium to discuss innovation and access to medical technologies in middle-income countries. In this post, Judit Rius Sanjuan and Rohit Malpani of Médecins Sans Frontières discuss the barriers … Continue reading »

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Chromatin and Epigenetics: From Omics to Single Cells

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:55am

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 … Continue reading »

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Do physical activity interventions also decrease sedentary time ?

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:00am

Today’s post comes from friend and colleague Dr Stephanie Prince, discussing her important new paper published in Obesity Reviews (available free here).  More on Stephanie can be found at the bottom of this post.  And if you happen to be … Continue reading »

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Does Urbanization Always Drive Economic Growth? Not Exactly…

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:52pm

We often think of cities as major drivers of economic development and growth. Big cities expand our access to infrastructure like public transit and public education. They allow for more efficient distribution of social services such as government assistance and … Continue reading »

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12 simple ways to prevent cancer

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:00am

33% to 50% of all cancers are attributable to preventable lifestyle causes, such as smoking and tobacco use, poor diet, alcohol consumption, and obesity (1-3). Genetics play a tiny role, causing only 5-10% of all cancers. The remainder of cancer … Continue reading »

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Citizen Scientists, Help SciStarter Empower You!

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 2:00pm

SciStarter wants to make it easier for you to learn about and get involved in way more opportunities to make the world a better place. We have some big ideas, (and we know you have the potential to do BIG things!) but we want … Continue reading »

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I’ve Got a (lot of) Little (check)lists

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:31pm

PLOS Medicine Editorial Director, Virginia Barbour, reflects on the publication of the CONSORT and PRISMA guidelines and reminds us of the importance of checklists to medical publishing. Gilbert and Sullivan’s Lord High Executioner has, sadly given lists a bad name. … Continue reading »

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Meet PLOS at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 2014

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 1:47pm

We are excited to announce that PLOS will be exhibiting at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 2014 Annual Meeting from 5-8th November in Berlin. This is only the second time that the meeting takes place outside North America, and the … Continue reading »

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Out in the cold: Freezing feces and human eggs. Also, scientific easter eggs

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:23pm

  More germ warfare, this time about fecal microbiota transplants Despite their mind-boggling track record, fecal transplants as  effective treatments for intestinal disorders (and possibly those elsewhere in the body) have encountered PR problems–what Loom blogger Carl Zimmer calls the … Continue reading »

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Voluntary Male Circumcision as HIV Prevention in Africa

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 5:02pm

PLOS Medicine Associate Editor Linda Nevin discusses the landmark publication, and striking impact, of the first randomized clinical trial of voluntary medical male circumcision, published in PLOS Medicine in 2005. Since the 1980s, observational studies have shown that HIV infection … Continue reading »

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The Truth about Standardized Packaging? Blow Some My Way

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 2:41pm

PLOS Medicine Associate Editor, Linda Nevin, discusses how a 2014 research article by Selda Ulucanlar and colleagues deconstructed advocacy documents submitted to the UK government by tobacco companies, and catches up with one of the authors for a Q&A. As … Continue reading »

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Another Reason Freezing Employees’ Eggs is a Terrible Idea

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:08pm

Facebook and Apple’s decision to offer female employees a $20,000 benefit to freeze their eggs indicates a stunning disregard for the complexities of reproductive biology. The Center for Genetics and Society issued a news release that listed societal, technological, and biological … Continue reading »

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The ethics of mobile health technology

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:15am

                Today, we welcome back Priya Kumar, a digital researcher from the University of London for part two of an interview on mobile health. If you missed part one, you can catch up … Continue reading »

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