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2017 ASCB Celldance Videos Showcase Pathogens and Actin in Motion

PLOS Pathogens discusses Celldance’s winning video and scientific communication with Meningococcus research and author Dr.Guillaume Duménil  Every year, The American Society for Cell Biology (ACSB) provides an avenue for researchers worldwide to enrich their science

Biggest Hits – PLOS Biology in the Media in 2017

  We’re taking a look back at the articles that have made a splash in the last 12 months, both in terms of media coverage and article views. These are just some of our favourites

The PLOS Biology XV Collection: Celebrating 15 years of Outstanding Open Science across Disciplines

  In October of 2018 PLOS Biology will celebrate its 15-year anniversary. As of October 2017, we’d published 4,362 articles which have garnered a staggering 226,463 citations. Our corpus includes foundational works in all aspects

Solving Darwin's 'abominable mystery': How flowering plants conquered the world

(PLOS) In a study publishing on Jan. 11 in the open access journal PLOS Biology, researchers found that flowering plants have small cells relative to other major plant groups, made possible by a greatly reduced genome size, and this may explain how they became dominant so rapidly in ecosystems across the world.

Genomic data suggest two main migrations into Scandinavia after the last ice age

(Uppsala University) In a new study published in PLOS Biology, an international research team suggests Scandinavia was populated by two main migrations after the last glacial maximum: an initial migration of groups from the south (modern day Denmark and Germany) and an additional migration from the north-east, following the ice-free Atlantic coast.

Dual migration created genetic 'melting pot' of the first Scandinavians

(PLOS) New genomic data suggest that the first human settlers on the Scandinavian peninsula followed two distinct migration routes. The study publishing Jan. 9 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology led by researchers from Uppsala University...Show More Summary

Microbial association networks, error in sensorimotor learning, genetic drift in range expansions

Check out our highlights from the PLOS Computational Biology December issue:   MPLasso: Inferring microbial association networks using prior microbial knowledge Microbial communities exhibit rich dynamics including the way they adapt, develop, and interact with

PLOS Biology in the media – December

  December has been a bumper month at PLOS Biology; here’s a roundup of some of the best bits in the media.   We’ve covered a huge breadth of biology in December, from antibiotics to

High-stakes tests a likely factor in STEM performance gap: study

Male students tend to do better on high-stakes tests in biology courses, but it's not because they are better students. Gaps in performance change based on the stakes of the test. A new study published in PLOS ONE confirms this, finding...Show More Summary

Alternative therapies for mild infections could help combat antibiotic resistance

(PLOS) Resistance to antibiotics poses a serious and sometimes deadly challenge to the treatment of severe bacterial infections. In a new Essay publishing 28 December in the open access journal PLOS Biology, Kristofer Wollein Waldetoft and Sam P. Show More Summary

Getting the right treatment: Predicting treatment response in depression

(PLOS) New evidence from mice suggests why an antidepressant treatment can alleviate depression in one person but not another. The study, publishing December 28 in the open access journal PLOS Biology, was led by Marianne Müller and an international team at the University Medical Center Mainz and the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry.

Regulating toxic chemicals for public and environmental health: A PLOS Biology collection

(PLOS) Over the past several decades thousands of new chemicals have been approved for commerce, even as evidence of their ability to cause serious harm has emerged. A new collection 'Challenges in Environmental Health: Closing the Gap between Evidence and Regulations' publishing Dec. 18-21 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology examines the divide between evidence and policy.

PLOS Biology Explores Gaps between Environmental Health Science and Policy

Donald Trump had been president less than a week when he vowed to slash regulations by 75 percent. Within two weeks of taking office he’d ordered agencies to rescind two regulations for every new rule.

Urban human activity revealed by phone use, how fish flock together, and epimutations hit same genes as mutations in cancer

Check out our highlights from the PLOS Computational Biology November issue:   Tracking urban human activity from mobile phone calling patterns For humans living in urban areas, modern daily life is very different from that of

PLOS Biology in the media – November

  Welcome to the first of a new series of blog posts discussing what has been hitting the press this month in PLOS Biology. During November we’ve been talking about conserving what we already have

As science becomes more international, scientific editorial boards lag behind

(PLOS) A study publishing Dec. 12 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Johanna Espin, Emilio Bruna, and colleagues at the University of Florida finds that while scientists from an increasing number of countries are represented in the scientific journals in which scientists report their results, the editors of these journals are a far less diverse group.

Time matters: Does our biological clock keep cancer at bay?

(PLOS) Our body has an internal biological or 'circadian' clock, which cycles daily and is synchronized with solar time. New research done in mice suggests that it can help suppress cancer.

New algorithm recognizes distinct dolphin clicks in underwater recordings

Scientists have developed a new algorithm that can identify distinct dolphin click patterns among millions of clicks in recordings of wild dolphins. This approach, presented in PLOS Computational Biology by Kaitlin Frasier of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California, and colleagues, could potentially help distinguish between dolphin species in the wild.

Shifting protein networks in breast cancer may alter gene function

(PLOS) A given gene may perform a different function in breast cancer cells than in healthy cells due to changes in networks of interacting proteins, according to a new study published in PLOS Computational Biology.

Announcing the 2017 PLOS Computational Biology Research Prize Winners

Earlier this year, PLOS Computational Biology launched the “PLOS Computational Biology Research Prize” program with the aim of recognizing the journal’s best Research Articles published last year (2016) in three prize categories: Breakthrough Advance/Innovation, Exemplary Methods/Software,

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