Friday Links

1.How genetic engineering ruined dogs

2. A Professor is unhappy that his PlOS One paper ended up in a commercial book

This is the old copyleft and viral licensing discussion from software: GPL or BSD?

I am posting because I found it interesting, not because I agree.

I actually found it a bit naïve that the guy did not know what open access really meant. If one is publishing in an open access journal, one should know what CC-BY means.

Still, when will someone propose a version of the GPL for scientific papers?

3. A scientist associated with a certain idea that is gaining traction says that ambitious young researchers should try to find the major flaws in that idea! This is what being a good scientist is.

4. From a post about the IMF & Academia:

Just as Canadians know much more about the US, than Americans know about Canada, bloggers know much more about academia than academics know about the blogosphere.

As with the previous link, my purpose here is to about the scientific aspect, not the politics.

5. Melatonin for sleep dysfunctions in children.

As a biologist, my initial thought is that taking a hormone is probably more likely to have side effects than a small molecule (ie, traditional drug). Small molecules have side effects all the time, but hormones should be expected to be all over the place, especially in children. However, it seems calling it natural makes many people feel the opposite (also lowers the regulatory burden because this feeling is codified in law).

6. An interview with me (in Portuguese).


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