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What CITI Program is Reading – September 28, 2021

“What CITI Program is Reading” is our weekly blog series which highlights news articles curated by our staff and relevant to research, higher education, healthcare, technology, and more. Follow us on LinkedIn for upcoming editions and more information from CITI Program.


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Move over, mice: sheep have the superior brains for neuroscience research Source: Massive Science Slime mold, Physarum polycephalum, is famous for its seeming intelligence in completing mazes and recreating the map of railways. Read The Full Article
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A teenager on TikTok disrupted thousands of scientific studies with a single video Source: The Verge One TikTok created a mystery for some scientific surveys. Read The Full Article
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NIH-supported study suggests alternative to race-based kidney function calculations Source: National Institutes of Health Alternate lab test shows comparable accuracy, non-biased results. Read The Full Article
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Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine generates robust antibody response in children, without serious safety issues, company says Source: Stat News The company reported no serious safety issues and said it would file for authorization of the vaccine in children 5 to 11. Read The Full Article
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How Facebook Hinders Misinformation Research Source: Scientific American The platform strictly limits and controls data access, which stymies scientists. Read The Full Article
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How Latin American researchers suffer in science Source: Nature It’s time to tackle the cumulative barriers and biases faced by scientists who aren’t from wealthy countries. Read The Full Article
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Artificial Intelligence: The Future Of Cybersecurity? Source: Forbes Cybersecurity in Industry 4.0 cannot be tackled in the same way as that of traditional computing environments. The number of devices and associated challenges are far too many. Read The Full Article
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FDA approves first trial investigating CRISPR gene editing as HIV cure Source: Clinical Trials Arena A new paradigm for HIV treatment is on the horizon as FDA gives nod for startup to begin trials of CRISPR-based gene therapy as a HIV cure. Read The Full Article
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FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Donor Eligibility and Manufacturing of Cellular Therapies for Animals Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA issues two draft guidance documents focused on donor eligibility and current good manufacturing practices for manufacturers of animal cells, tissues, and cell- and tissue-based products that, if finalized, may help support the development of promising and innovative products that can benefit animal health. Read The Full Article
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Stanford students sour on big-tech careers amid ethics concerns Source: Times Higher Education University synonymous with Silicon Valley careers now sees long battle with companies over corporate culture. Read The Full Article
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Academic Tenure: In Desperate Need of Reform or In Desperate Need of Defenders? Source: Inside Higher Ed Why tenure is worth fighting for. Read The Full Article