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Two years ago +Artem Kaznatcheev visited +Jacob Scott and yours truly in Tampa and started working on a bit of work which we developed with the help of pen and paper but also of +Overleaf (thanks guys for making collaborations between mathematicians so much easier!).

We released the paper a while ago using bioarXiv (link included) so anybody interested could see and use our work as they see fit. Last night we got news that the paper will be published in the Royal Society Interface journal which is nice since the formatting will look a lot better and we incorporated the suggestions of the reviewers (special thanks to +David Liao BTW, detailed but very helpful work).

And all this is great but I am particularly thankful to bioarXiv for allowing us to share our work instead of waiting for almost 2 years before anybody could have access to it.

What is the paper about? We explore the use of a 1st order approximation to space in a cancer game of go vs grow and we explain the evolutionary implications for tumor cells that find themselves arriving to a hard edge (like a bone or a blood vessel).
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"Scientists now agree—overwhelmingly—that the remedies don't work. But each year, billions of dollars worth of homeopathic products are sold in the U.S."
Remedies debunked by science make up a multibillion dollar market in the U.S.
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Obviously not. For what I will loosely call "dire straits", homeopathic solutions are equivalent to "no treatment", so would be wildly inappropriate IMO. But for a minor problem - being stressed-out from work, for example, then I think that Bach's "Rescue Remedy" works as well for those who believe in it as Miltown, Valium, a stiff drink or a joint might for others.
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+Parmvir Bahia talks about science outreach, why it is important and how meeting scientists in person is the way to go.
If you see the video and like it, do please say so in the youtube page.
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Not strictly science but about science outreach: TEDxUSF

Two of us at CancerEvo (AA and DB) are involved in a science outreach organization called Pint of Science. The idea, which started in the UK about 4 years ago, is that a society in which science and technology play an important role should be driven by…


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Two of us at CancerEvo (AA and DB) are involved in a science outreach organization called Pint of Science. The idea, which started in the UK about 4 years ago, is that a society in which science an...
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We know that certain cancers in dogs and Tasmanian devils are contagious. Now we also know that this could be the case as well in certain form of leukemia in soft-shell clams.

HT: +Robert Vander Velde 
In the 1970s, scientists noticed that soft-shell clams along the east coast of North America were dying from a strange type of cancer. Their blood, which was typically clear, would fill with so man...
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Update on the status of donations of our little (friendly??) competition between mathematical and experimental oncologists at Moffitt.

Experimentalists: $630
Mathematicians: $635

I almost smell victory!

Of course you can change that.
Experimentalists: http://bit.ly/1Ckyayb
Mathematicians: http://bit.ly/1c5hg16
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Killer T cell attacking cancer

"Cells of the immune system protect the body against pathogens. If cells in our bodies are infected by viruses, or become cancerous, then killer cells of the immune system identify and destroy the affected cells. Cytotoxic T cells are very precise and efficient killers."

The original footage shown was made by Alex Ritter, a PhD student on the NIH-OxCam programme, in the laboratory of Professor Gillian Griffiths at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research and the Department of Medicine of the Clinical School of the University of Cambridge. The images were acquired using an Andor Revolution spinning disk system with an Olympus microscope. Professor Griffiths is a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow.

Credit: http://www.cimr.cam.ac.uk/research/principal-investigators/principal-investigators-a-h/griffiths
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I know some colleagues that wholeheartedly agree with this.
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I can't plus your comment enough +Artem Kaznatcheev 
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Certainly an interesting idea.
 
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The "publon" is "the elementary quantum of scientific research which justifies publication" and it's also a website that might be interesting for you if you're an active researcher. Publons helps you collect records of your peer review activities. On this w...
The "publon" is "the elementary quantum of scientific research which justifies publication" and it's also a website that might be interesting for you if you're an active researcher. Publons helps you collect records of your p...
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Ahh, the LPU. Very different conventions depending on field. I once asked about the LPU for ArXiV in cstheory, there were some useful answers: http://cstheory.stackexchange.com/q/7574/1037
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This is how and why Pint of Science started up in the US. ‪#‎TedxUSF‬
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I love her too +Sharon Evering 
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That's a surprise to me: teenagers are as likely to use twitter as G+?
Nearly a quarter of teens today say they are online "almost constantly," according to a new report released by the Pew Research Center.
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Only a small and unusual subset of teens are into twitter, as far as I can see.  Certainly my own sons (17, 14) never go near it, though they both have facebook accounts (under false names) because they must.
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Cancers grow and change following Darwinian-style evolution.
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Mathematical modeller studying evolutionary dynamics in cancer and working with cancer biologists and doctors at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Since I am not a medical doctor, please keep in mind that my views just represent those of a student of certain aspects of cancer using mathematical approaches.

I am also involved in Pint of Science US, a science outreach organisation that you really want to follow/join/help.
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    PhD, 2001 - 2005
  • Universidad de Oviedo
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