How to communicate basic research in schools – a case study using Drosophila

0000-0001-8462-0271   By Andreas Prokop, PhD, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester   The Manchester Fly Facility maintains an objective-driven, long-term science communication initiative which started in 2011 and promotes the importance of

Open Data Projects Win Wellcome Trust, NIH and HHMI Open Science Prize

0000-0002-8715-28960000-0001-7318-5892 “Scientists can do much more with their own data if things are shared publicly and shared publicly quickly in order to have potential for real world impact.” -Trevor Bedford, lead of the Open Science

Early Career Researchers and Forbes 30 Under 30 Innovators Have What It Takes

Snip20170403_10000-0002-8715-2896Source: Early Career Researchers and Forbes 30 Under 30 Innovators Have What It Takes 0000-0001-7318-5892 In advance of the third Early Career Researcher Travel Award Program launching today, PLOS reached out to recipients of Forbes

Redhead Gene Doubles Melanoma Risk, Without Sun

Snip20160407_7Source: Redhead Gene Doubles Melanoma Risk, Without Sun Variants of the melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) gene impart the red hair, fair skin, and freckles of a Prince Harry, Wilma Flintstone, or Donald Trump – and also

190 million years of tetrapod biodiversity

Tetrapod is the name given to any vertebrate animal with four (tetra) legs (pod). There are more than 30,000 living species of tetrapod known today, and this includes many of the animals we are familiar

From the Desk of Aakriti Jain, a Goodbye

Over the past year and a few months, I have seen PLOS Synbio grow into a vibrant community of scientists, social scientists, designers, biohackers, and the general public. Together, we have moved sites, changed platforms,

Existential Questions in Ecology – three simple questions to ask yourself in the treatment of ecological zeroes

  The analysis of ecological data can be a difficult endeavor. Ecological data are noisy: some days are windy, some days are hotter than usual, sometimes ants chew through your carefully placed flagging tape, and

Is the government telling women not to drink? How many microbes in the human body?

homepage_734x546pxThe headlines called it “incredibly condescending” (Alexandra Petri, ComPost),  “unrealistic” (Jia Tolentino, Jezebel), and “bonkers” (Olga Khazan and Julie Beck, The Atlantic.) The post from the aptly named Brandy Zadrozny at The Daily Beast) was

Of Mice and Men: Uncovering Cardiovascular Disease Genetics

RCA_atherosclerosis-690x320February is American Heart Month, a great time to take a closer look at cardiovascular disease (CVD). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 17.5 million people die each year from CVD, a figure representing

The Enduring Need for Cancer Treatment

INFOGRAFIC_twitter-slice_aim-burden-640x320Danielle Rodin is a Radiation Oncology Resident at the University of Toronto and co-founded the group GlobalRT, which is a group of young professionals dedicated to improving the availability and accessibility of radiation therapy resources