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Science Policy Around the Web – Dying, Living, and Reproducing Edition – August 16, 2012

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By: Rebecca Cerio

Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.

Doctors Really Do Die Differently – “Drawing on my observations and experiences as a doctor, I reported that doctors tend to seek less end-of-life care than ordinary patients do. They know when further treatment is likely to be futile and when life would cease to be worth living. The point I wanted to make was that all of us should have the choice to die that way if we wish—at home, with family, without dramatic hospital interventions, without pain. […]  For every assertion of mine that was based on observation, I’ve looked for relevant scholarly evidence that might support or refute it.   Here is what I found.”   An excellent article by Dr. Ken Murray following up with facts and research to support his equally excellent 2011 article How Doctors Die.

Crowdsourcing the search for endangered species – an Emory University biologist has published a study in Science indicating that citizen groups are better at picking endangered species requiring Endangered Species Act-level protections than the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  (via Emory University)

New initiative aims to improve science’s track record – “…published studies whose findings cannot be reproduced appear to be on rise, and while some such studies are later retracted, many stand, collecting citations, either because no one has tried to replicate the data, or those who have, successfully or not, cannot get their studies published.  A new partnership by the start-up Science Exchange, an online marketplace for outsourcing experiments, and the open-access journal PLoS ONE hopes to address the issue of scientific reproducibility.”  An interesting initiative, but as I’ve heard in several places since this story hit the ‘net, “…who’s going to pay for that?”  (by Nina Bai via The Scientist)

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August 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm

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