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Posted: November 4, 2012 in Ethics, Events, Policy, Science

Week of advocacy for medical research is November 12-16th.

“Despite considerable pressure from the scientific community and advocacy groups, climate change never made it into the U.S. presidential debates. Now, in the waning days of the campaign, the issue may finally make it out from under the radar given Mayor of New York Michael R. Bloomberg’s unexpected endorsement of Barack Obama today.”

“More than 200 academics, scientists and experts in Michigan have signed an open letter in support of ramping up Michigan’s renewable electricity standard to 25 percent by 2025.”

“On 6 November, California residents will vote on Proposition 37, which would require genetically modified (GM) food products sold in the state to carry special labels. Vote’s result could have knock-on effects in the rest of the United States, and the initiative has been the subject of heated debate in recent months.”

“The study, published this week as a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper, used thePubMed Related Citations Algorithm (PMRA) to fish out papers that are topically similar to retracted articles, but written by different authors. After a retraction, the rate at which these related papers were cited dropped by 5.7% relative to a selection of control papers that were not related to a retraction.”

Climate change ignored by presidential campaign and during Hurricane Sandy coverage.

“While Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna agree on some issues, their backgrounds suggest they would take very different approaches to protecting Washington’s environment.”

“A demonstration project at the University of Washington will help students cut the school’s energy bill; it’s part of a larger, five-state project to make the power grid “smarter.”

“A team of University of Washington students has developed a machine that can “print” large plastic objects out of garbage.”

“The ripples of a retraction are felt throughout a scientific community, resulting in fewer citations and less funding for studies on related topics, according to an analysis of 1,104 retractions mined from the PubMedbiomedical database.”

“Half of the U.S. economic growth since World War II has come from advances in science and technology. To neglect that power—and the government’s role in priming the pump—would be foolish.”

“If the information Myriad Genetics has collected about breast cancer mutations remains proprietary, costs of gene tests could increase while quality declines, argues Robert Cook-Deegan, a policy researcher at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. In a paper published today in the European Journal of Human Genetics, Cook-Deegan and co-authors John Conley, James Evans, and Daniel Vorhaus urge health-care payers and policy makers to encourage the company to share clinical data and proprietary algorithms.”

Proton therapy for prostate cancer.



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