Seven Days in Life

12 – 18 June 2017Advancements in Life Sciences' Seven Days in Life (12 - 18 June 2017)


tinderSwipe right for science: Papr app is ‘Tinder for preprints’
Inspired by the dating app Tinder, which asks users to ‘swipe right’ across their screens to approve prospective matches, an app called Papr is inviting scientists to swipe to rate life-sciences preprints.  
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thinkingComputers are starting to reason like humans
Humans are generally pretty good at relational reasoning but a new type of neural network can reason about complex relationships, including the locations of different objects.
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gwasNew concerns raised over value of genome-wide disease studies
A provocative analysis now calls the future of genome-wide association studies into question — and raises doubts about whether funders should pour more money into these experiments. 
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proDesigner protein halts flu
A designer protein (brown and orange) fits snugly on top of the influenza virus’s hemagglutinin protein (green), which helps the virus latch onto and infect cells. 
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plantPlant compound more powerful than AZT against HIV
A plant found throughout Southeast Asia traditionally used to treat arthritis and rheumatism contains a potent anti-HIV compound more powerful than the drug AZT, according to a new paper. 
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