January 2012 Blog Posts (2)

The Research Works Act

There has been a lot of discussion online about the Research Works Act, an American bill (discussed here) that would make it illegal for a US government agency to have policies requiring research they fund be available as open access. As far as I know, only NIH does this now.

I would like to know:

  • Does Karger have a position on this?
  • Does…
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Added by Zen Faulkes on January 20, 2012 at 6:20am — No Comments

Demonstrating syngeny

There’s much excitement about a new paper in Science that shows how ants have hidden potential. In short, there are a few species of ants that can produce “supersoldiers”. Other ant species, however, can also make supersoliders when they are experimentally give the right dose of hormone.

Crudely, it looks like the ants’ ancestors had the ability by changing the hormone levels, but the pathway that was sensitive to the hormone remained. When species started to evolve differences in…

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Added by Zen Faulkes on January 10, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

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