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TS Picks: September 26, 2014

Human activity and biodiversity; biomarkers of surgery recovery; “vacant lot” ecology

Tracy Vence

FLICKR, TIMOTHY KRAUSE

Selected stories from The Scientist’s reading list:

  • Vacant lot or thriving ecosystem? Nautilus: “The Wild, Secret Life of New York City”
     
  • BBC News: “Brazilian researchers in Rio de Janeiro have released thousands of mosquitoes infected with bacteria that suppress dengue fever.”
     
  • Blood-based biomarkers predict recovery time from surgery? Science News: “While combing through blood samples taken after surgery, the researchers [from Stanford University] noticed that certain versions of cells called CD14+ monocytes seemed to contribute to a better recovery.”
     
  • Quanta: The shipping “of lizards around the Caribbean is forcing researchers to account for human activity in even their most basic ecological models.” 

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