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Papers on Gain of Function

For a complete view, I have posted the following links to papers and symposia. I will keep updating the list, please check back. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/make-the-pause-on-risky-pathogen-research-permanent/ The Apocalypse as a Rhetorical Device in the Influenza Virus Gain-of-Function Debate.¬†http://mbio.asm.org/content/5/5/e02062-14 Can limited scientific value … Continue reading

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Gain of function research

Hi fellow CIDDers, In 2012 a group of scientists from the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands published a report of experiments to understand the mechanisms of flu airborne transmission in a pandemic flu strain (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/336/6088/1534.short). This research involved a … Continue reading

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The current state of academic research

It is a common theme for those of us who have decided to go into academic research, and for those who are still students at most if not all public universities, that the funding landscape is not promising in the … Continue reading

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Are humans really not under natural selection?

I constantly hear the phrase “We (humans) are not under selective pressure”. This at first seems logical.

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Asking “WHY” questions in Biology

As critical persons that  scientists must be, we are told to question everything (and we should). And this is good, but we should also know what kind of questions we can ask in a given context.

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