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Centenarian genetics study retracted

Researchers from Boston University today issued a retraction notice for a controversial paper published last year that purportedly described a predictive test for living to and beyond 100 years. The July 2010 study identified 150 single nucleotide polymorphisms that clustered into three subgroups. On the basis of these genetic factors, the study authors claimed that they could predict an individual’s likelihood of exceedingly long life with 77% accuracy.  Read more

New dimensions in molecular modeling

New dimensions in molecular modeling

This week PLoS Biology, in collaboration with the Structural Genomics Consortium, rolled out “enhanced versions” of two of its articles. Once a browser plug-in is installed, readers see a 3-D molecular model alongside the article. As they progress through the text, the structure spins and zooms in or out to focus on the relevant molecular feature.  Read more

Canadian biomedical research gets central repository

Canadian biomedical research gets central repository

Two years ago, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) mandated that all studies funded by taxpayer-backed grants be made freely accessible within six months of publication. The problem was there was no central repository to store all these papers, so manuscripts tended to be kept on a hodgepodge of publishers’ websites, institutional repositories and elsewhere.  Read more

The harder they fall

The harder they fall

Pretty busy week over at the JAMA offices. First came the report that one of its editors had called a whistleblower a “”http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2009/03/13/jama-editor-calls-critic-a-nobody-and-a-nothing/“>nobody and a nothing”, report that was accompanied by a pretty long series of comments from outraged readers.  Read more

Mine is larger than yours

Mine is larger than yours

A dear friend of mine sent me a link to this page, which shows the “h indices” of what the author of the page refers to the “best Spanish scientists”. The page is a bit difficult to navigate if you don’t know Spanish, but it doesn’t matter; I’m sure that if you have the time and inclination, you will find a similar page in your language and for the nationality of your choice.  Read more