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Government video lets you choose your own clinical research (mis)adventure

Government video lets you choose your own clinical research (mis)adventure

It seems hardly a day goes by without a new report of research misconduct. To help prevent such behavior from occurring, the US Department of Health and Human Services has released an  interactive training video called ‘The Research Clinic’ that gives viewers the opportunity to assume the role of one of four decision-makers who are frequently involved in clinical research: a principal investigator, a clinical research coordinator, a research assistant and the chair of an institutional review board.  Read more

‘FlyWalker’ tracks insect feet, could advance Parkinson’s research

They may have wings, but fruit flies spend plenty of time on their feet. And these insects, also known as Drosophila, are a standard animal model for studying neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and even Alzhiemer’s.  Read more

MIT video models airports most likely to spread diseases

In a study released today from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, engineers show through computer modeling how major international US airports might contribute to the spread of contagious disease during the early days of an epidemic. The culprits that could contribute the most damage turn out to be airports in New York, Los Angeles and Honolulu, Hawaii. “Our work is the first to look at the spatial spreading of contagion processes at early times, and to propose a predictor for which ‘nodes’ — in this case, airports — will lead to more aggressive spatial spreading,” said MIT computer engineer Ruben Juanes in a statement. The new model, unlike previous ones, considers the routines that passengers usually follow when traveling, an airport’s geographic location, how flights connect–or don’t–between airports, and, finally, how a long wait at an airport could influence how diseases spread.  Read more

VIDEO: New mouse model of OCD

Scientists have bred an unusually anxious, compulsively overgrooming mouse by knocking out a single gene called Slitrk5. These genetically altered mice, which behave much like people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), could help researchers better understand and treat the debilitating disorder. The work was published online yesterday in Nature Medicine.  Read more