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Archive: Code for life May 2012

A few vaccine resources

Grant Jacobs Apr 08, 2017

Below are a few links to resources that people might find useful to share – or read if you want a quick introduction to vaccines for kids. Short takes For really short takes, these brochures—all in PDF format—might be useful. They make key points in few words: Immunization: Get the facts – a Canadian brochure covering 5 key concerns … Read More

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Vaxxed at University of Otago: venues should be able to decline

Grant Jacobs Apr 07, 2017

The University of Otago has allowed an anti-vaccine lobby group[1] to screen former-doctor Andrew Wakefield’s advocacy piece, ‘Vaxxed’ on campus. (Wakefield was struck off for research misconduct.) Vaxxed has attracted a number of comments in the media, such as Alison Mau’s If you watch Vaxxed, know you’re buying into the manipulation of a disgraced fraud. I was surprised to learn the university … Read More

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Human gene editing recommendations from USA science panel

Grant Jacobs Feb 15, 2017

Just out today are the recommendations of a joint science advisory group of the USA National Academy of Science and the USA Academy of Medicine on gene editing. As an alert to any that might be interested I’ve copied their summary of their recommendations below.This post is meant as a simple heads-up, rather than an analysis of this … Read More

Excellent reading from the Wellcome Book Prize long-list

Grant Jacobs Feb 01, 2017

These should all be excellent reading. You can think of this long-list as a list of excellent reads related to “medicine, health or illness” from many types of writing, fiction or non-fiction.* The 2017 long-list has five fiction titles and twelve non-fiction titles. The shortlist will be the exceptional reads, and the winner the pick of the bunch given the criteria and the current … Read More

Censoring US science, the backlash, and why

Grant Jacobs Jan 26, 2017

[A follow-up of sorts is given in the Footnotes.] Better people offer to do better, not remove or block what they can’t compete against. Yesterday the Trump administration gagged several scientific institutes from communicating with the public. Grants were frozen to the EPA. And more. Are these Republications so frightened that their ideas can’t stand up against evidence that they need … Read More

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Towards tackling milk allergy

Grant Jacobs Jan 25, 2017

New Zealand agricultural scientists have learnt that the calves of a cow modified to have less allergenic milk also have less allergenic milk, raising hopes of developing a variety of cattle that those will one type of milk allergy can drink. Jamie Morton writing in the New Zealand Herald has the story, GE cow’s offspring show ‘super-milk’ potential. For those … Read More

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Filing research papers and web browsing: Zotero, Zotfile and Vivaldi

Grant Jacobs Jan 18, 2017

Three free tools for filing research papers and browsing the web. If you’re in research—be it scientific work, writing a book, or similar—you’ll be spending a lot of time gathering material on-line and filing it. There are a lot of tools out there, and everyone has their favourites. Let me introduce three I use … Read More

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