TS Picks: October 22, 2014

Travel restrictions and Ebola aid; analyses of DTC genetic tests; Stanford’s John Ioannidis on promoting “replication culture”

Tracy Vence


Selected stories from The Scientist’s reading list:

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education examines how university-imposed travel restrictions could hamper Ebola aid efforts in the hardest-hit countries. “It’s vitally important that the people with the knowledge and capability and willingness to fight this epidemic be able to do so,” said Susan McLellan of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Consumers still want to know: MIT Technology Review on how Promethease and other companies offering interpretation services for genomic data are “keeping direct-to-consumer genetics alive.”
  • Stanford University’s John Ioannidis writes in PLOS Medicine about encouraging the adoption of so-called replication culture—an understanding that research should be repeatable given an acceptable degree of heterogeneity—to combat science’s reproducibility problem.
  • Vice’s Motherboard looks at various projects that are treating binary code like the genetic one: “like DNA, with enough replication and slight variations, software could become resistant to...

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