TS Picks: September 23, 2014

Sharing data; blood-based biomarkers; “midnight snack” science

Tracy Vence


Selected stories from The Scientist’s reading list:

  • “The best way to encourage scientific innovation might be to rethink how we organize the scientific enterprise itself,” Brendan Nyhan of Dartmouth College wrote in a The New York Times piece on researchers sharing data.
  • Simon Lovestone of Kings College London and the University of Oxford discussed blood-based biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease in a Genome Medicine Q&A.
  • As The Scientist reported last year, “eating at the wrong times is tied to . . . profound and negative effects on our bodies.” This week, The Atlantic examined “the science of the midnight snack,” noting that people tend to prefer more caloric food late at night: “Our bodies are hard-wired for late-night junk-food cravings.”
  • Over at Slate, the University of California, Irvine’s Cailin O’Connor dove into the nature versus nurture conversation, noting that “identical twins...

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