Festival

Photo credit: Julio Rua

Festival of Genomics California is over for another year, and soon the FLG team will be on our way back to London and leaving the sunshine and the beach behind. So to kill the post-Festival blues, here is our regular round up of the internet best bits.

The FTC Is cracking down on predatory science journals

The US Federal Trade Commission has taken an interest in predatory open access publishers – journals that employ deceptive tactics to encourage authors to part with cash for publication – by honing in on the OMICS Group. The agency is sueing the company, alleging that it misrepresented the legitimacy of its publications, decieved researchers, and “obfuscated sizeable publication fees.”

Geneticists attempt to heal rifts with Aboriginal communities

Western museums are full of artefacts from Aboriginal Australian communities, much collected prior to 1967 when Aboriginals did not have full citizenship and rights. Decades of this treatment have engendered strong mistrust for scientists among Aboriginal communities. However, a new generation of researchers are looking to repair those relations, and make Aboriginal groups collaborators in research projects. 

Bad science misled millions with chronic fatigue syndrome. Here’s how we fought back

A 2011 study of chronic fatigue syndrome, published in prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, identified that psychotherapy and exercise were effective treatments. However, examination of the raw data is beginning to reveal just how flawed that science was.

Would you live in a wooden skyscraper?

The University of British Columbia is putting the finishing touches to an 18 storey dormitory made entirely of Douglas fir. Once completed it will be the world’s tallest wooden building. Not entirely a skyscraper, but this construction does represent a substantial leap forward in building using a material that many consider too weak and flammable to support high-rise buildings.

And one from us

Behind the curtain into the daily life of a cytogeneticist

Ever wondered what a day in the life of a cytogeneticist in a genomic healthcare nirvana looks like? Never fear! Alka Chaubey of Greenwood Genetic Center has the inside scoop…