Researchers will now have access to genetic data linked to medical information on a diverse group of more than 78,000 people, enabling investigations into many diseases and conditions. The data, from one of the nation’s largest and most diverse genomics projects — Genetic Epidemiology Research on Aging (GERA) — have just been made available to qualified researchers through the database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP), an online genetics database of the National Institutes of Health.
Details can found here.
“NIH has worked closely with six other federal agencies (DOD, DOE, EPA, NSF, USDA, and the Smithsonian), the Federal Demonstration Partnership, and the extramural research community to create a system that will provide comprehensive curriculum vita information, and at the same time reduce the burden associated with applying for research support. This system — the Science Experts Network or SciENcv — enables researchers to easily maintain and generate biosketches for federal grant applications and progress reports, and, as of September, is available to the public in a beta version.” More information is at http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2013/11/20/test-drive-sciencv/
Try it by going to My NCBI and sign in at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/
Fact sheet from National Library of Medicine about the differences of these database.
Getting to the Root of Aging by Annette Baudisch and James W. Vaupel
from recent issue of Science
As people live longer, the question arises of how malleable aging is and whether it can be slowed or postponed. The classic evolutionary theories of aging (1—4) provide the theoretical framework that has guided aging research for 60 years. Are the theories consistent with recent evidence?
Researchers in the Lab, Ready for Their Close-Up from The Chronicle of Higher Education
“Unlike traditional journals, which compress the “how to” descriptions into three or four brief paragraphs of text, JoVE, as its readers call it, sends professional videographers into labs to record how scientists do experiments—measuring how water flows around jellyfish, for instance, or implanting electrodes in insect legs to monitor nerve control of walking—and publishes these minidocumentaries online, along with scientific descriptions, diagrams, and citations.
In a world where failure to replicate afflicts more than half of all life-science experiments published in academic journals, according to a 2011 report published in the journal Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, many scientists view the video journal as a recipe for success.”
Women as Academic Authors, 1665-2010
Special report from the Chronicle of Higher Education
Women’s presence in higher education has increased, but as authors of scholarly papers—keys to career success—their publishing patterns differ from those of men. Explore nearly 1,800 fields and subfields, across four centuries, to see which areas have the most female authors and which have the fewest, in this exclusive Chronicle report. See how overall percentages differ from the important first-author position and—in two major bioscience fields—from the prestigious last-author position.
In October 2012, Thomson Reuters will release the Data Citation Index on the Web of Knowledge platform. See a video introduction here.
According to Thomson Reuters, researchers can:
Maximize your research efforts with access to the most influential repositories, data sets and studies from a single destination
Speed the time to discovery by building upon previous, quality digital research
Understand data in context through summary information connected to the work it informed
Track the use and importance of research data across multiple disciplines
Get a complete view of scholarly research output
Support proper attribution to data research through standard citation format.
National Academy of Sciences news release: The aging of the U.S. population will have broad economic consequences for the country, particularly for federal programs that support the elderly, and its long-term effects on all generations will be mediated by how — and how quickly — the nation responds, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council. More information at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=13465
Lancet just published a series on the effects of population and family planning on people’s well-being and the environment. http://www.thelancet.com/series/family-planning
From the Economist
Asians are marrying later, and less, than in the past. This has profound implications for women, traditional family life and Asian politics. http://www.economist.com/node/21526329