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Are DNA Patents Doomed?

DNA is special. Unlike other body parts, it holds information. Even discarding a blood spot or saliva sample doesn’t necessarily prevent the telltale DNA sequences from living on in a database.We guard our DNA data in a way that we don’t other test results, such as cholesterol levels...

April 3, 2012 — Ricki Lewis

#SciAmBlogs Monday - Craigs List Avenue, Religion and Medical Care, Words With Rocks, Bad doctors, Futuristic Foods and more.

Most important news of the day - we have a new blog! Check out Rosetta Stones!Second, as it is Monday, we have a new Image of the Week.I think these four posts had something to do with yesterday's date - you decide:- Darren Naish - Amphisbaenians and the origins of mammals - Ferris Jabr - Neuroscientists: We Don’t Really Know What We Are Talking About, Either - David Bressan - Strange Skull rewrites History of Man - Janet D...

STAFFApril 3, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Christof Koch on Free Will, the Singularity and the Quest to Crack Consciousness

I met Christof Koch in 1994 at the first of series of big conferences on consciousness held in Tucson, Ariz. A professor at Caltech, Koch had helped popularize consciousness as a topic for serious scientific investigation—instead of windy philosophical supposition—through his collaboration with the great Francis Crick, who had already cracked the genetic code and now wanted to solve the riddle of mind as well...

April 2, 2012 — John Horgan

Open Laboratory 2013 - submissions so far

It is now expected by the science blogosphere that I post the full updated listing of all the submissions every Monday morning. This serves as a reminder for bloggers to submit their (and other people’s) posts, and to some extent prevents duplicate entries...

STAFFApril 2, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Can amphetamine and caffeine make you a slacker?

According to the headlines? Yes. And according to this study? depends on whether you worked hard in the first place.Cocker et al. "Sensitivity to Cognitive Effort Mediates Psychostimulant Effects on a Novel Rodent Cost/Benefit Decision-Making Task" Neuropsychopharmacology, 2012.(Source)One of the interesting things about this paper is that it highlights to me how different the perspectives on a specific data set can be when you're coming from two different fields...

April 2, 2012 — Scicurious

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