Science News in Brief 1st March 2017

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Dengue vaccine future uncertain

According to Science Magazine, the very promising dengue vaccine is facing a topsy-turvy future within Brazil based on statements from scientists. This is owing to the dismissal of a prominent immunologist that was the oversight for clinical trial preparations.

The São Paulo government “removed Jorge Kalil as director of the Butantan Institute, following accusations of administrative wrongdoing leveled against him by a former colleague.” Kalil’s dismissal happened on February 21.

Anna Durbin, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, said plenty of progress had been made with the leadership of Kalil and “this momentum may be ‘reversed by the removal of his leadership of the Butantan Institute.’”


Scientists work against biases

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ScienceNews reported on the nature of a scientific study for a scientists, and scientist biases. They’re human, too. The possible biases that can arise could ruin the validity and reliability of the eventual results.

An applied ethologist at the University of bern in Switzerland, Hanno Würbel, said, “I think we’re getting increasingly better at identifying these risks and identifying clever and practical solutions.”

With each experiment and study, scientists work to identify and counteract their potential biases, and “other potential sources of bias,” for the best results that will be written up and presented to colleagues for scrutiny.


Trump signs bills supports women in science

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CBC News: Technology and Science said, “U.S. President Donald Trump signed two House bills on Tuesday ahead of his first address to a joint session of Congress, both addressing the roles of women in science.”

It was a bill called Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act. It “directs NASA to encourage women and girls to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

In addition, it is to encourage women to take on careers in space and aerospace-relevant sciences. Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act was the second bill. It amends the Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act. The second bill is to “encourage and support” women in the laboratory and the commercial world.

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