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At Least We Know Open Access Was a Hit

Bloggers are abuzz about the ScienceOnline'09 conference held in North Carolina. Alice Pawley at ScienceWomen has her first post liveblogging some of the event, focusing on a session about open access. She goes through basic definitions of different OA levels, as well as benefits of the model for scientists.

Meanwhile, James Hrynyshyn at Island of Doubt says the best part of the meeting for him was getting acquainted with new blogs, and at this post he lists his favorites.

And at Science in the Open, Cameron Neylon discusses how using a standard such as OpenID might improve citation rates. "The issue of unique researcher identifiers has really emerged as absolutely central to making traditional publication work better," he writes. "Good citation practice lies at the core of good science. ... How then is it that we have no way of citing a person?"

The Scan

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.

Machine Learning Improves Diagnostic Accuracy of Breast Cancer MRI, Study Shows

Combining machine learning with radiologists' interpretations further increased the diagnostic accuracy of MRIs for breast cancer, a Science Translational Medicine paper finds.

Genome Damage in Neurons Triggers Alzheimer's-Linked Inflammation

Neurons harboring increased DNA double-strand breaks activate microglia to lead to neuroinflammation like that seen in Alzheimer's disease, a new Science Advances study finds.

Long COVID-19 Susceptibility Clues Contained in Blood Plasma Proteome

A longitudinal study in eBioMedicine found weeks-long blood plasma proteome shifts after SARS-CoV-2 infection, along with proteomic signatures that appeared to coincide with long Covid risk.