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Science discussion series: Small-scale mining provides a huge portion of the world’s minerals and metals, but has major effects on health and the environment. We are a team of scientists focused on finding solutions to these problems, let’s discuss!

Hello, Reddit! We are a team of conservationists and scientists here to discuss artisanal and small-scale mining, its surprising importance to some of our most beloved possessions, and its effects ...

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Science Discussion: Last week a team of scientists in China announced that they used the genome editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 to alter the DNA of human embryos, resulting in the birth of twin girls. Let’s discuss the technology and ethics of this development!

Hi reddit! Last week, researchers announced at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing that they had altered the genomes of twin girls using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing approaches. Thi...

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Science Discussion: We are researchers working with some of the largest and most innovative companies using DNA to help people learn about their health, traits and ancestry. Let’s discuss how your DNA can fuel research and strategies for keeping data secure!

Hi reddit! We are scientists from Ancestry, 23andMe, and Nebula Genomics, as well as an academic scientist who works with companies like these to utilize consumer DNA for research. We are here to t...

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Science Discussion: We are researchers at Caltech working with Professor Frances Arnold, one of the recipients of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. We use directed evolution to engineer proteins to do chemistry not found in nature (yet). Let's Discuss!!

Hi Reddit, We are graduate students and postdocs in Professor Frances Arnold's research group at Caltech. We use directed evolution, the algorithm for which Frances won the Nobel Prize last week, ...

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Hi Reddit! We’re Rear Admiral Shep Smith, Director of NOAA Coast Survey and the U.S. National Hydrographer, and Lt. Cmdr. Sam Greenaway, chief of NOAA Coast Survey’s Hydrographic Systems and Technology Branch, and we are experts in mapping the seafloor. Ask us anything!

Today is World Hydrography Day! Hydrography is the science that measures and describes the physical features of bodies of water and the land areas adjacent to those bodies of water. Here at NOAA, w...

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We're Sharon Levy and Peter Moyle, science journalist and prof emeritus in the dept. of wildlife, fish, and conservation biology at UC Davis, respectively. We're here to answer questions about ecosystems, conservation, and the endangered species act. Ask us anything!

Last month, I published a long-form story for Undark Magazine on a tiny, obscure fish (the Delta smelt) that's on track to become the first fish to go extinct in the wild while under the protection...

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We are Ernie Moniz, Co-Chair and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and former Secretary of Energy, and David Grae, Executive Producer for the CBS hit show Madam Secretary. We are discussing the role of science in policy, politics and culture. Ask us anything!

EDIT 2:37 This is David Grae, signing off. Thanks so much for all the great questions, it was a blast. Be sure to tune in this fall for Madam Secretary's 5th season (fortunately, not post-apocalyp...

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I'm Joanna Bryson, a Professor in Artificial (and Natural) Intelligence at the University of Bath. I’d love to talk about AI regulation and law, how we treat AI and the companies and people who make it, why humans need to keep being the responsible agents, and anything else - AMA!

I really do build AI, mostly myself to study natural intelligence (especially human cooperation), but with my PhD students I also work on making anthropomorphic AI like in computer game characters ...

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We’re a group of scientists representing the Human Cell Atlas, an international team effort to create comprehensive reference maps of all human cells—the fundamental units of life—as a basis for understanding human health as well as diagnosing, monitoring, and treating disease. Ask us anything!

Our bodies have 37 trillion cells. And for decades, scientists have been sorting them into buckets of different types, such as neurons, skin cells, liver cells and so on. However, we still don't ha...

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I’m Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health. As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project, I’m here to talk about its history and the critical role it has played in precision medicine. Ask me anything!

Hi Reddit! I’m Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where I oversee the efforts of the largest public supporter of biomedical research in the world. Starting out...

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We used NASA satellite data to show the Antarctic Ozone Hole is recovering because of the ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). We are Susan Strahan and Anne Douglass from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - ask us anything about the ozone layer, past, present, or future!

We are NASA Earth Scientists Susan Strahan and Anne Douglass and we recently published an article using satellite measurements to show that the Antarctic Ozone Hole is beginning to recover! An inte...

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I’m Annette Thomas, the CEO of the Scientific & Academic Research division at Clarivate Analytics and previously the CEO at Nature Publishing Group. Ask me anything about the Future of the Web of Science and our recent acquisition of Kopernio. AMA!

In 2016, Web of Science (WoS) was sold to private equity and incorporated into Clarivate Analytics. Our vision for WoS is both ambitious and long-term. When used responsibly scientometrics and bi...

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Science AMA Series: We’re scientists on board the JOIDES Resolution for IODP Exp 375 to understand slow slip events at the Hikurangi Subduction Zone, east of New Zealand. We will be coring at four sites, and installing two observatories to better understand these types of earthquakes. AMA!

The JOIDES Resolution (JR) is a research vessel that drills into the ocean floor to collect and study core samples. Scientists use data from the JR to better understandsubseafloor geology, tectonic...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Ben Bergen, Cognitive Scientist at UC San Diego. Let’s talk about the science of swearing! How does it affect our brains? How did it evolve? Does it harm kids? Can it make you stronger? Will it help you get elected? AMA!

Hi! I’m Ben Bergen, a Professor of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego. I study language, and my most recent book What the F is about the science of swearing. Profanity is special—it’s processed diff...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit! We’re a journalist, water policy expert, climate scientist, and biologist. We’re talking about Cape Town’s dire drought situation, climate change, and how one of the best-managed and wealthiest cities in Africa found itself on the brink of running dry. Ask Us Anything!

My name is Adam Welz and I’m a South Africa-based freelance journalist and contributor to Yale Environment 360 magazine, where I recently published the story, “Awaiting Day Zero: Cape Town Faces an...

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I’m Jordan Ellenberg, author of How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, and I’m on this week's NOVA: “Prediction By The Numbers.” Ask me anything about mathematics, predicting the future, predicting the future of mathematics, data, and number theory!

We do math in order to understand what has happened and what is happening, and one reason we want to understand those things is so we can make good guesses about what’s going to happen. I’m Jordan...

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Hi Reddit! I’m Richard Reynolds, Professor of Cellular Neurobiology at Imperial College London and Chair of the 3Rs Advisory Group. My research team and I are currently studying multiple sclerosis using a combination of cell cultures, animal models, and human brain tissues. Ask Me Anything.

Multiple sclerosis is a devastating condition that affects the nervous system of young adults and results in significant disability. Research in my group aims to understand the reasons for damage ...

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Hi Reddit! We’re Loren Pena, a researcher from the Undiagnosed Diseases Network, and Jamie Mills, the father of a little boy diagnosed with a novel rare genetic condition last year. Ask us anything about rare diseases or the Undiagnosed Diseases Network!

Since accepting its first patient in 2015, the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN), which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, has been working to find answers for patients with unknown d...

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I’m Sandeep Mannava, an orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon and a volunteer physician for the U.S. Skiing and Snowboarding Assoc. My research focuses on the biology of aging, role of stem cells and other biologic therapies to help recovery from injury and to enhance performance. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m Sandeep Mannava, M.D., Ph.D., an orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York and a volunteer physician for the U.S. Skii...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Albert Lau and I use supercomputers to simulate molecular machines in action, such as those in the brain. My research can help scientists understand how small molecules like neurotransmitters locate their targets. AMA!

Hi Reddit, my name is Albert Lau, and I’m a biophysics professor and computational and structural biologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. I am interested in studying how biologica...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Serdar Uckun, COO of precisionLIFE - RowAnalytics. I’m one of only a few people who have done both brain surgery and rocket science. I’ll take questions on the application of artificial intelligence to the field of medicine. AMA!

Through a long career in embedded reasoning solving challenges in healthcare, industrial automation, aviation and aerospace safety, I’ve applied systems engineering, modeling, simulation, diagnosis...

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Science AMA Series: We are Drs. Brenda Moore and Todd Golde, neuroscientists at the University of Florida. Our findings reveal the potential for a drug therapy to be developed that could one day stop the progression of Alzheimer’s. Ask Us Anything!

Hello Reddit, I am Brenda Moore, Ph.D., a neuroscientist in Dr. Todd Golde’s lab at the University of Florida. We conduct disease-oriented research with a focus on Alzheimer’s and other neurodegene...

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Hi! We work on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission – the only spacecraft orbiting the Moon right now. We’re here to answer your questions on anything Moon-related – from the super lunar eclipse on Wednesday to Apollo to the latest science! Ask us anything!

*The ARTEMIS mission has two spacecraft in orbit around the Moon, collecting data on how the Moon and the Sun interact. Yes, the Moon landings were real. Now that that is out of the way, we are a...

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Science AMA Series: I am David Zappulla, from Johns Hopkins University. I research telomeres, the caps that protect the ends of chromosomes in eukaryotic organisms from baker’s yeast to humans. Ask Me Anything about the role of telomeres in aging and cancer AMA!

Hi Reddit, I am David Zappulla, an NIH-funded researcher in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine. I am here so you can Ask Me Anything...

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Hi! We’re here to talk about all things CRISPR and NIH’s Center of Excellence in Genomic Science. We’re researchers from Jennifer Doudna’s lab at UC-Berkeley and program directors from the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of NIH. Ask us anything!

The Doudna lab's research on CRISPR biology led to the 2012 discovery of the mechanism by which small RNAs direct the protein Cas9 to bind and cut specific DNA sequences within cells, thereby alter...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Steven Strogatz, a professor of mathematics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. I apply math to biology and physics and love communicating with the public about math through books, radio shows, and New York Times articles, and I’m here today to talk about it. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m Steven Strogatz and I’m the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, New York. I have broad interests in applied mathematics. At the beginning of ...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Brian Buma, an Assistant Professor of Ecology at the University of Alaska in Juneau. I maintain and study the longest running series of permanent plots studying vegetation change, succession, and ecosystem response to warming in the world, in Glacier Bay, Alaska. AMA!

I am an ecologist that studies big questions about how landscapes change and what direction they will go in the future. Are our landscapes, forests, and fields resilient to climate? Will they ada...

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We are researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Public Health studying the impact of a high school depression education program developed at Johns Hopkins. Ask us anything about interventions in schools or depression education, AMA!

Hi Reddit, we are Karen Swartz, M.D., a psychiatrist and founder of the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland and ...

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Science AMA Series: We are researchers from the University of South Africa and we're putting greenhouse gases directly into actual greenhouses; we thereby capture carbon emissions, reduce water consumption and increase crop yield. Ask Us Anything!

Water scarcity poses a severe threat to all humankind, with rapidly growing demand pressuring already-constrained water resources, many of which are unsustainable. Figuring out where our water ends...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Professor Dave Topham, at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. My lab is working closely with the National Institutes of Health and scientists across the country to create a universal flu vaccine. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m Dave Topham and I’m a professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. I’m also a member of the Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology and d...

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Science AMA Series: This is Dr. Jason Spence, Dr. David Hill and Dr. Vincent Young. We've done research on how helpful bacteria activate the processes that lead to a mature, healthy gastrointestinal tract and we're here today to talk about it. Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit! Jason Spence: Hi! I’m an associate professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine, Cell and Developmental Biology and Bioengineering at the University of Michigan. I am broadly inter...

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Science AMA Series: We’re Dr. Johna Leddy and Dr. Jeff Fergus. We’re here to talk about open science, The Electrochemical Society’s Free the Science initiative, and the Society’s forthcoming preprint server, ECSarXiv, which will launch in 2018. AMA!

Hi Reddit! This is Johna Leddy, president of The Electrochemical Society (ECS). I’m joined by Jeff Fergus, editor of the Society’s official meeting proceedings, ECS Transactions (ECST). Today we’d ...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Sara Pozzi, the director of the Consortium for Verification Technology (CVT) and a Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan. My group, and the CVT, develop technologies for nuclear nonproliferation. AMA!

My research group, the Detection for Nuclear Nonproliferation Group, works on technologies for detecting special nuclear materials, such as uranium-235 and plutonium-239, that can be used to make n...

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Hi Reddit, we are M.G. Finn and Alexandre Marques, leaders of a team in the U.S. and Brazil developing vaccines against parasitic diseases. Ask us anything about a potential Leishmania vaccine and how collaborative research takes on devastating diseases.

ACS AMA Hello Reddit! We are M.G. Finn and Alexandre Marques, collaborators on the development of vaccines and diagnostic reagents against parasitic diseases. We recently published our research o...

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Hi Reddit! We’re Katharine Hayhoe from Texas Tech and Bob Kopp from Rutgers, we want to learn everything we can — about this inadvertent and unprecedented experiment we’re conducting with our only planet, and what it means for our human systems and the natural environment. Ask us Anything!

We’re climate scientists Katharine Hayhoe from Texas Tech and Bob Kopp from Rutgers. We were both Lead Authors on the recent Climate Science Special Report (https://science2017.globalchange.gov/) t...

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I am James F. Dempsey, Ph.D., Nucl. Chem., developer of new weapons to fight cancer. My team solved “impossible” problems for treating cancer with radiation - while clearly seeing inside the patient - with a linear accelerator inside an MRI scanner, AMA!

The radiation treatment field has invested a lot of research into making better dose distributions and delivering accurately to patients. Many advances have been made in tracking breathing motion, ...

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Science AMA Series: My name is Ulrik Wisløff, and I am a professor of physiology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. My research focuses on the cardiovascular benefits of exercise both in healthy individuals and in individuals with lifestyle related diseases. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I'm Ulrik Wisløff. I head the Cardiac Exercise Research Group and the K.G. Jebsen Centre for Exercise in Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In 2005, my resea...

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Hi! We’re scientists from the Koehly Lab at the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of NIH. We study the role of family health history in early disease detection and prevention, and the need for effective tools to gather this information. Ask us anything!

Common diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are highly complex, with multiple factors that play into your risk of disease development. These factors – like genetics, shared environm...

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Science AMA Series: We are Astrobiologists from different institutions around the world. We research the origin of life on Earth and the search for life elsewhere in the Universe. Fermi paradox, exoplanets, evolution of life, etc. Ask Us Anything!

EDIT: .... and that's a wrap! Thank you all for your great questions. We had so much fun answering them. We look forward to interacting with you again in the future! Hi Reddit! We are Martin Van ...

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Science AMA Series: We’re NASA Earth scientists using satellites to measure life on Earth. The more we learn, the more this question comes into focus: Maybe we're the weird one? How will our work help in the search for life on other planets? AMA!

At NASA, we use the vantage point of space to study Earth and the life it contains. And, so far, our planet is the only one with life (that we know of). The more we learn, the more this question co...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Kim Knowlton, at the Natural Resources Defense Council. My work focuses on the public-health impacts of climate change and identifying strategies to prepare for—and prevent—these impacts, especially in vulnerable communities, AMA!

At a time when hundreds of federal rules are being rolled-back to weaken or eliminate environmental safeguards, I feel we’re at a critical moment in our effort to promote and maintain strategies th...

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Science AMA Series: I am Dr Sarah Malik, a dark matter researcher in Imperial College London’s High Energy Physics Group. My current research is using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to searching for particles that make up 'dark matter’. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m Dr Sarah Malik, a dark matter researcher at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom. In October 2015 I was awarded a grant from the Royal Society to carry out research on pro...

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Science AMA Series: We're the researchers from Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute who recently reported on 'The gut microbiota of healthy aged Chinese is similar to that of the healthy young' and we are here to talk about the study and its implications. AMA!

Microbiome We examined over 1000 super-healthy participants in China (http://msphere.asm.org/content/2/5/e00327-17). Not an easy task in any country especially when the criteria included no histor...

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Science AMA Series: I'm David Moreau, a cognitive neuroscientist in Auckland, New Zealand. I do research on how the brain changes in response to different types of training, especially physical exercise, and I’m here today to talk about it. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m David Moreau and I’m a cognitive neuroscientist in the department of Psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. My research focuses on the dynamics and plasticity of cogn...

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Science AMA Series: I’m James Owen Weatherall, physicist and philosopher at the University of California, Irvine. I wrote a book about how the concept of nothingness—the absence of stuff—has been central to centuries of physics theories. AMA!

I’m James Owen Weatherall, a professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine, where I’m also a member of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Science. I’m...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Chris Cogswell, a PhD and host of the Mad Scientist Podcast. I am trying to promote science by talking about the history and philosophy of science and how it fits with modern/historical pseudoscientific beliefs. AMA!

I’m Chris Cogswell, a PhD in Chemical Engineering and host of “The Mad Scientist Podcast”, a show that discusses scientific concepts by teaching the history and philosophy of pseudoscience! I’m her...

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Hi reddit! I am Max Roser, founder of the online publication Our World in Data at Oxford. I am visualizing data to show how our world is changing and hope this motivates more of us to care and work for global development. I’m very curious to hear which aspects of development you want to see! AMA!

Hi Reddit! My name is Max Roser. I visualize global development data on OurWorldInData.org, a free online publication on how living conditions around the world are changing. Now I am working wi...

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We’re NOAA scientists Mitch Goldberg and Tom Wrublewski, here to answer questions about NOAA’s newest weather satellite JPSS-1, which is scheduled to launch on November 10, to capture the global weather data needed for your local, 3-7 day forecast -- and much more. Ask us anything!

Hi Reddit! We are NOAA scientists Dr. Mitch Goldberg and Tom Wrublewski with the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) program. For years, we have been working with our colleagues to prepare JPSS-1, ...

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I'm Shirley Wu, freelance data visualization engineer, and I create highly interactive data visualizations with D3.js and React.js, and fun pop-culture visualizations as the other half of data sketch|es. Ask me anything about dataviz, D3.js+React.js, freelancing, and more!

Hi there! My name is Shirley, and I love creating highly interactive visualizations. My most successful thus far is An Interactive Visualization of Hamilton, which was tweeted about by Lin-Manuel ...

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Science AMA Series: We're team Wildfire AWARE, finalists of the NASA Europa Challenge and winners of the RCUK Entrepeneurship award. We built an app that can predict wildfires up to a week in advance and we're here to talk about our experience, AMA!

Hi! We're a group of Computer Scientists and Mathematicians working on an application to predict wildfires using machine learning and data analysis! We worked on the application part-time for 2 mon...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi reddit we’re Graham and Richard, and we identified the molecular mechanism that creates genetic variations associated with increased risk of autoimmune diseases, such as celiac, ulcerative colitis etc. – Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Graham Lord and I am the Professor of Medicine at King's College London. My research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that cause inflammatory bo...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi reddit, we’re Marinho and Leandro and we applied math models to explore the brain regions that contribute most to seizures to help neurosurgeons perform more targeted surgeries for epilepsy patients – Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Marinho Lopes and I am a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. And I’m Leandro Junges and I am a Research Fellow at the EPSRC centre for predictive modelling in health...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Mark Dallas, a Lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience at the School of Pharmacy, University of Reading. I carry out research to better understand what goes wrong in our brains in complex diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and I’m here today to talk about it. AMA!

Hi Reddit, My name is Mark Dallas, I am a Lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience at the School of Pharmacy, University of Reading, where I have worked for 4 years, after postdoctoral posi...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit, this is Jerry Dickens, an oceanographer and professor at Rice University. I have been studying mud and water beneath the seafloor for over 25 years to understand topics such as the migration of natural gas, variations in sea level and past climate change. AMA!

Right now, I am at 34°26.7 south latitude and 171°20.8 east longitude, or about 400 km northwest of Auckland. Along with a large crew and international science team, I am on board the research ship...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi reddit, I’m Jackson and I identified an important barrier to the practical application of gene drives using CRISPR/Cas9 technology, which could be used to fight vector-borne diseases like malaria – Ask Me Anything!

Hello Reddit, My name is Jackson Champer and I am postdoc at Cornell. My research focuses on gene drives, which are genes designed to spread rapidly through populations. A successful gene drive in...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Dr. Gerard A. Silvestri, an expert in lung cancer, interventional pulmonology, and President of the American College of Chest Physicians, and I would love to share the barriers and the diagnosis of treatments in lung cancer. AMA!

My name is Dr. Gerard A. Silvestri. I’m an international expert in lung cancer and interventional pulmonology. I am the President of the American College of Chest Physicians, the George Sr. and Mar...

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Science AMA: I’m Seema Jayachandran, economist at Northwestern University. Let me tell you why paying poor farmers to not cut down forests is a cheap way to combat climate change. AMA about why small amounts of money for Ugandan farmers helped preserve endangered chimp habitat, and the atmosphere.

Hi Reddit! My name is Seema Jayachandran, and I’m an economics professor at Northwestern University, specializing in low-income countries. I am affiliated with the Poverty Action Lab at MIT (J-PA...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Susanna Rosi, director of neurocognitive research at UCSF. I study brain injury and how trauma impacts cognitive function. My lab just released findings on a drug-like molecule that reverses cognitive impairment in mice with traumatic brain injury. AMA!

Hi Reddit, I’m Susanna Rosi and I’m interested in understanding why our brain loses the ability to learn and form new memories. One of the models we investigate is physical trauma, such as concussi...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Assa Auerbach, Professor of Physics at Technion. I wrote a graphic novel for the broad public, explaining the important concepts of Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics through the adventures of Maxwell's Demon. I’m here today to talk about it. AMA!

Political leaders and their constituencies debate climate change, global warming, and the effects of pollution. Yet most of the public are totally unfamiliar with the basic, classical physics conce...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Cecilia Dhejne a fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine, from the Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. I'm here to talk about transgender health, suicide rates, and my often misinterpreted study. Ask me anything!

Hi reddit! I am a MD, board certified psychiatrist, fellow of the European Committee of Sexual medicine and clinical sexologist (NACS), and a member of the World Professional Association for Trans...

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Science AMA Series: We are two medical professionals and the transgender patient advocate from Fenway Health in Boston. We are passionate about the importance of gender-affirming care to promote overall health in this population. Ask us anything about hormone therapy, surgery, and primary care!

Hi reddit! We are Dr. Julie Thompson, Dr. Alexis Drutchas, Dr. Danielle O'Banion and trans patient advocate, Cei Lambert, and we work at Fenway Health in Boston. Fenway is a large community health ...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Dr. Robert N. Shelton, president of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO). I’m here with my colleague Dr. Patrick McCarthy, director of GMTO and eminent astrophysicist, to talk about what it takes to build the world’s largest telescope. AMA!

Hi Redditors, we are Robert N. Shelton and Patrick McCarthy, and we’re here to talk about what it takes to build the world’s largest telescope with all of you today. The Giant Magellan Telescope (G...

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Science AMA Series: We are Dr. Debbie Cory-Slechta, acting chair of Environmental Medicine, and Dr. Katrina Korfmacher, policy scientist and lead exposure expert, both at the University of Rochester Medical Center. We are here to answer your questions about lead exposure and health risks. AMA!

Hi, Reddit! I’m Debbie Cory-Slechta, Ph.D., acting chair and professor of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester (URMC), New York. My lab conducts researc...

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I'm Roger Lemon, a just-retired Professor of Neurophysiology at the Institute of Neurology, UCL. I do research on understanding the cerebral control of hand and finger movements in humans and in non-human primate models and I’m here today to talk about it. AMA!

Hi Reddit, My name is Roger Lemon, I am a just-retired Professor of Neurophysiology at the Institute of Neurology, UCL, where I worked for 22 years, after university posts in Sheffield, Melbourne,...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit! I'm Richard Pywell, Professor at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in the UK and I've just completed the largest field experiment ever to assess the impacts of neonicotinoids on the honeybee and two wild bee species. AMA!

Neonicotinoids are a group of pesticides that can be applied as seed coatings and are designed to protect crops such as oilseed rape (also known as canola), but were banned by the EU in 2013 due to...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Alison Van Eenennaam, a geneticist at University of California – Davis. I am in the documentary movie Food Evolution - narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson that is playing in NYC this week, and I’m here today to talk about it. AMA!

I am an animal geneticist at UC Davis with a strong interest in science communication. I am in the documentary film called Food Evolution which is showing in New York City this week at Village East...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Jeffrey Marlow, a science journalist and postdoctoral scholar in geobiology at Harvard University, where I study exotic microbial metabolisms in an attempt to understand life's adaptations to extreme environments on Earth and beyond. AMA!

Hey Reddit, Last month, I published a story for Undark Magazine (https://undark.org/article/virus-hunters-ebola-usaid-predict/) on a remarkable team of virus hunters in the Democratic Republic of ...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit, I’m Dara Shifrer, an assistant professor of sociology at Portland State University. I use national data to understand how disability labels (like learning disabled, autistic, ADHD) affect children socially at school. Ask me anything!

Disability labels are intended to improve children's learning struggles by providing them with extra supports and accommodations. Not only it is unclear whether these supports make a difference but...

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AGU AMA:Hi Reddit! I’m David Baratoux, Editor of Journal of Geophysical Research, Planets, and I'm Hasnaa Chennaoui-Aoudjehane,Professor at U of Casablanca, Morocco, we are here to talk about meteorites from Morocco and hot deserts and the promotion of planetary sciences in Africa. Ask Us Anything!

I am David Baratoux, Senior Researcher and geologist at the Institute of Research for Sustainable Developement (IRD), France, and Editor of Journal of Geophysical Research, Planets. I spent 15 year...

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Science AMA series: Hi Reddit! We’re Dr. Mark Pimentel, Dr. Ali Rezaie, Dr. Nipaporn Pichetshote, and Dr. Ruchi Mathur. We’re 3 gastroenterologists and 1 endocrinologist from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We’ll be talking about the gut microbiome from irritable bowel syndrome to obesity. AMA!

Thanks so much for your questions this morning. We had a great time! IBS and SIBO receive almost no federal funding and yet these conditions affect up to 40 million Americans and almost 1 billion w...

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Science AMA Series: We are chemical engineers at North Carolina State University, working on non-Newtonian fluids, soft matter, and biomaterials. We test out your favorite ideas with real experiments and report back in Part 2 of this virtual lab event. AUA!

Ever wanted a real material scientist to test your favorite ideas/hypothesis? This is your chance! What is a non-Newtonian fluid or soft matter? The hydraulic press channel has a great video showi...

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Science Ama Series: I’m Nicholas Staropoli, director of the Epigenetics Literacy Project, here to discuss the controversial field of epigenetics that some say is revolutionizing human health and our understanding of how inheritance and evolution work. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m Nicholas Staropoli a science journalist, director of the Epigenetics Literacy Project and a writer/editor for the Genetic Literacy Project—two initiatives of the 501c3 non-profit Sci...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Joss Bland-Hawthorn, ARC Laureate Fellow Professor of Physics and Director of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, Sydney, Australia. I specialize in extragalactic and galactic astronomy, and in developing astronomical instrumentation. AMA!

Research is an exhilarating journey of discovery; you learn something new and exciting each week of the year. My team at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy is working on the next generation of astr...

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Science AMA Series: Scientists are on board the JOIDES Resolution for International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 368: South China Sea Rifted Margin (Part B) to explore different ideas about plate tectonics and the break-up of continents and forming of ocean crust.

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) conducts scientific ocean drilling expeditions throughout the world’s oceans in search of clues to Earth’s structure and past. Many people will kno...

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Science AMA Series: We are Eddie Schwarz and Mike Zuscik, arthritis researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center. We are here, during National Arthritis Awareness Month, to answer your questions about how arthritis research advances patient care. AMA!

Hi, Reddit! I’m Eddie Schwarz, Ph.D., Burton professor of Orthopaedics and director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. ...

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Science AMA Series: We're Steve Sesnie (US Fish and Wildlife Service), Beth Tellman (Arizona State University) and David Wrathall (Oregon State University) from the Landscapes in Transformation - Central America Team: we study the impact of cocaine trafficking on tropical forests in Central America

Our analysis published this week in Environmental Research Letters (16 May 2017) estimates that cocaine trafficking is responsible for 30% of annual deforestation since the 2000 in the Central Amer...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Corinne Le Quéré, Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. I work on the interactions between climate change, carbon emissions and sinks. AMA!

Hi Reddit! My name is Corinne Le Quéré. I am a scientist and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. I work on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle. I s...

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Science AMA Series: We’re Jorge Cham (creator of PhD Comics & PhD in Robotics) & Daniel Whiteson (particle physicist & CERN researcher). We wrote a book called WE HAVE NO IDEA about the biggest unanswered questions in the Universe! Ask us anything!

Hi, reddit! There are so many things we don’t know about the Universe. For example: What is most of the Universe made of? What is dark matter? Where does dark energy come from? Why does the un...

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Science AMA Series: We’re Karim Oweiss & Kevin Otto, engineering professors at the University of Florida and PIs in DARPA’s Targeted Neuroplasticity Training program. We both enjoy helping people with neurological injuries and disorders. AUA!

A third of all human disease is related to the nervous system. That’s why President Obama launched the BRAIN Initiative. That’s why the two of us have devoted our lives to studying the brain. We ar...

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ACS AMA: Hi Reddit! I am Sally Mitchell, a science/chemistry teacher and recently an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow posted at the Department of Energy’s Office of Science in Washington, DC. Ask me anything about the importance of good English education with STEM teaching.

ACS AMA Hello Reddit! My name is Sally Mitchell, and I am a James Bryant Conant Award recipient in Teaching Chemistry and a nationally recognized leader in STEM education. I am certified to teach ...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Dr. Jeff Brawn, a University of Illinois ornithologist and conservation biologist. You may experience a heightened awareness of birds during these early weeks of spring—particularly at 4 a.m. when neighborhood chirping seems ridiculously loud. I study birds year round! AMA!

Hi reddit! I’ve been fascinated by birds ever since taking a class in ornithology as an undergraduate. Now, as a professor and researcher at U of I, a lot of what I do is about bird populations an...

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ACS AMA: Hi Reddit! I’m Thomas Hofmann, full professor of food chemistry and molecular sensory science at the Technical University of Munich. Ask me anything about sensomics – research into how flavors make their way through natural and processed food to be smelled and tasted.

ACS AMA Hi Reddit! My name is Thomas Hofmann, I am currently Full Professor of Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. I also serve as Ed...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Marie Bragg PhD, and I am the director of the SocioEconomic Evaluation of Dietary Decisions Program (SeedProgram) at New York University. Our research at SeedProgram looks at factors such as food marketing and policy in relation to obesity and health disparities. AMA!

Hello Reddit! My name is Marie Bragg, and I am the director of the SeedProgram at NYU Langone Medical Center in the Department of Population Health. I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from Ya...

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Science AMA Series: We are Helen Brooks and Kelly Rushton, part of a team of mental health researchers at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. We recently published a study exploring the role of companion animals in the self-management of serious mental health condition. AMA!

Pet ownership has been shown to reduce stress, improve physical health, increase social interaction and reduce loneliness. A recent study (https://t.co/dBq8rIRCJm) funded by the National Institute ...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Jessie Rosenberg, a Research Staff Member in the Silicon Photonics team at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center. I do research on CMOS-compatible silicon electro-optic modulation technology for use in inter- and intra-chip low power and high bandwidth optical interconnects. AMA!

Hi Reddit, I’m Jessie Rosenberg, a research scientist at IBM Watson Research Center. I started my physics career as a young child dreaming of black holes and understanding how the world worked, a ...

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Science AMA Series: We are scientists on board the JOIDES Resolution for International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 367: South China Sea Rifted Margin. We are exploring different ideas about plate tectonics and the break-up of continents and forming of ocean crust, AUA!

Hi reddit! The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) conducts scientific ocean drilling expeditions throughout the world’s oceans in search of clues to Earth’s structure and past. Many peop...

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Science AMA Series: we are Ken Caldeira, a professor and climate scientist at Stanford University, and Ben van der Pluijm, Editor-in-Chief of AGU’s publication Earth’s Future and professor at University of Michigan. Ask Us Anything!

Ben and Ken: Thanks for offering many great questions, Redditers. We hope that our responses advanced the conversation about global climate change and possible solutions that include climate engin...

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Science AMA Series: We’re Ghinwa Dumyati, professor of Infectious Diseases and Erica Dobson, Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. We are here to talk about antibiotics – the good, the bad and what the future holds. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m Ghinwa Dumyati, M.D., professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and director of the communicable diseases surveillance and prevention pr...

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Science AMA Series: We are a team of ESF scientists who developed a way to make American chestnut trees resistant to the blight that virtually wiped out the species 100 years ago. We’ll talk about how we can help restore this iconic tree to our forests. AUA!

Hi Reddit! We are a team of scientists at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York, and we’ve been working for 27 years to create an American chestnut tree suitable f...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Albert Hofman, Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and Clinical Epidemiology, and I’m here to talk about Alzheimer’s disease. Ask me anything!

Hi, reddit! I’m Albert Hofman, Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I study the epidemiology of common neurologic and vascular diseases, in particul...

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Hi Reddit! I am Chris Yarosh, the current Science Policy Fellow at the American Chemical Society having recently finished a Ph.D. in biochemistry. Ask me anything about what it’s like to transition from the lab bench to an “alternative” career!

ACS AMA Hi Reddit! My name is Chris Yarosh, and I’m the Science Policy Fellow at the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Washington, D.C. I work with ACS’s External Affairs and Communications (EAC)...

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Science AMA Series: Hello, I’m David Steadman, curator of ornithology— the science of birds—at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. My research uses fossils and living species to help us understand how animals exist (or go extinct) on tropical islands through time.

Hi, Reddit! I’m David Steadman, and I study the evolution, conservation, and extinction of tropical birds. An overriding theme of my work is to learn how animals survive through time on tropical is...

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Hi, we’re NOAA scientists Steve Gittings, Michelle Johnston, and James Morris. We’re here to talk about invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish and what NOAA is doing to understand and reduce this threat in our national marine sanctuaries and beyond. Ask us anything!

Hi, Reddit! I’m Michelle Johnston, research ecologist with NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary; I’m Steve Gittings, science coordinator with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctu...

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Science AMA Series: Hi! We’re William Gahl and Cyndi Tifft, NIH researchers in the Undiagnosed Diseases Network, a program to solve medical mysteries. Ask us anything about rare diseases, genomic medicine, or the Undiagnosed Diseases Network!

The doctors involved in the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) are real-life House M.D.s. We’re using genome sequencing along with a network of specialists from numerous medical disciplines at seve...

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Science AMA Series: This is Dr. Jenna Watling Neal, Dr. Emily Durbin, Allison Gornik, & Sharon Lo, psychologists at Michigan State University. We’re here to discuss how preschool kids’ social networks shape their personalities & vice versa. Ask us anything!

Hello Reddit! We are a team of researchers at Michigan State University who recently published a paper in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology examining how preschool kids’ social networks...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Dora Raymaker, an Assistant Research Professor at Portland State University, I conduct community-engaged research with the autistic and other disability communities. I am also autistic, and I am here today to talk about my research on autism and and employment. AMA!

I recently received $467,000 from two federal grants to launch a community based participatory research study to understand the challenges and success factors for autistic people in the workplace. ...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Sijbren Otto, professor of Systems Chemistry. Today we would like to talk with you about complex mixtures at the interface between chemistry and biology and how far we have progressed towards making life in a test tube! AMA!

Hey Reddit! I am Sijbren Otto, joined today by Gaël Schaeffer (postdoc), Andreas Hussain and Jim Ottelé (PhD students) to discuss systems chemistry[1] and synthetic life. You can find a video descr...

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AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting AMA Series: All of us make decisions based on unconscious shortcuts that result in bias or other mistakes. We are scientists who use big data and structured interventions to compensate for errors in human decision-making. Ask us anything!

Hi reddit! Research and educational institutions and industries in the United States have encountered difficulty attracting and retaining individuals from underrepresented groups, particularly in ...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we're Eric and Konrad, and our article in PLOS CompBio reveals flaws in the typical analysis methods used in neuroscience, and suggests improvements for the research community moving forward -- Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit! We are Eric Jonas (a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and Konrad Kording (Professor at Northwestern and RIC). Our research focuses ...

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AGU AMA: Hi Reddit, I'm Dave Petley, author of The Landslide Blog and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. I'm here to talk about the science and management of natural hazards and disasters. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m Dave Petley, Vice-President (Research and Innovation) at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. I also run the Landslide Blog, which sits on the website of the America G...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Dr. Jelena Vuckovic, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA). I do research on nanophotonics, quantum optics, nonlinear optics, quantum information technologies and optoelectronics. Ask Me Anything!

In my daily position, I am a Professor of Electrical Engineering and by courtesy of Applied Physics at Stanford University, where I lead the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab in the Ginzton Labor...

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Science AMA Series: We’re David Pogue, tech guru and host of 16 NOVA programs, and Chris Schmidt, NOVA senior producer. Today, we launched NOVA’s first crowdfunding campaign, because we think involving people in science is important. Ask us anything!

Hi, everyone! I’m David Pogue—former New York Times tech columnist, current Yahoo tech critic, and—most importantly for today’s conversation—the host of 16 NOVA programs that have aired on PBS! Som...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we’re Joel and Charlotte, and in our PLOS ONE study we identified an EEG signature that may help guide clinical research into autism and other neurological conditions impacting children – Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Joel Frohlich and I am a neuroscience PhD student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the lab of Dr. Shafali Jeste. My research uses “brain waves” or neura...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Kim Barrett, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego and Editor of The Journal of Physiology. This week, we published an issue on the microbiota, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to discuss how our microbes influence our wellbeing. AMA!

Our bodies are inhabited by literally billions of microbes, with thousands of distinct species of bacteria, viruses, fungi and others that are referred to collectively as the microbiota. The most ...

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Science AMA series: We’re Thomas Bartlett and Benjamin Bratton from Princeton University. The bacterium that causes cholera is curved. People have known this for 160 years, but never known how or why it’s curved. We figured it out… Ask us anything!

The first observations made about most bacteria include a description of their cell shape. Only recently have we started to figure out how all of these different shapes arise, and to understand the...

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American Chemical Society AMA: Hi Reddit! We are Adam Boyd and Jenn Parsons, from the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), an initiative of the ACS. Ask us anything about K–12 chemistry education or working with science teachers.

ACS AMA Hi Reddit! I’m Adam Boyd, the Program Director for AACT (https://teachchemistry.org/). I have a background in chemistry and business. I work with our extremely talented staff and teacher...

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Science AMA Series: We're the OpenAQ Team, building the world's first open data, open-source real-time and historical air pollution platform. We are building it because open data helps people fight air inequality and no one else was building it. Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit! Air inequality - the unequal access to clean air to breathe - is responsible for one out of every eight deaths in the world (WHO, 2014). According to the World Bank, this equates to a l...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we’re John and Yasser, and we found an unexpected mechanism of cell division in Chlamydia trachomatis unique to this human bacterial pathogen, creating implications for developing Chlamydia-specific therapies – Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, I’m John Cox, a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. And I am Yasser Abdelrahman a Senior...

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AAAS AMA: We're a team of researchers who have just published an assessment quantifying the global sources and losses of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, and their role in contributing to a recent and surprisingly rapid increase in the atmosphere. Ask us anything!

Hi! We're Drs. Ben Poulter, Rob Jackson and Pep Canadell -- we study the global carbon cycle and try to balance budgets of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) by accounting for all known sources...

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Science AMA series: Hi, I’m Amy Smith, graduate student at Tufts University. I study stress and memory, and recently published a paper in Science showing that taking practice tests leads to better memory recall, especially under stress, than traditional “studying.” Since it’s almost exam time, AMA!

Hi Reddit, I’m Amy Smith, and I work in Tufts’ Cognitive Aging and Memory Lab with my advisor, Ayanna Thomas. We recently published a paper in Science showing that retrieval practice, a strategy w...

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Science AMA Series: Hi, reddit! I’m Alex Lu, Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and I’m here to talk about the state of science and public policy around the world on protecting honeybee health

Hello, reddit! My name is Alex Lu and I’m Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. I study the decline of honeybee populations around the...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Christine Stawitz, a PhD candidate at the University of Washington, Seattle, I recently published a study that found up to 30 percent of seafood served in restaurants and sold in supermarkets is actually something else, AMA!

Thanks all for the great questions. We'll be signing off in a few minutes (4:45 PST), but please look out for the full manuscript - it should be online and open access for all soon! I'm Christine ...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Jef Akst, an editor at The Scientist. I recently wrote an e-book on a group of ALS patients who, unable to get their hands on an experimental drug, began dosing themselves with chemical substitutes purchased online. Eric Valor was one of those patients. Ask us anything!

Hi reddit! ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is fatal. There is no effective treatment or cure. In 2011, the drug company Neuraltus conducted a Phase 2 trial ...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Charlie Ransford, director of science and policy for Cure Violence, a program that treats violence like a disease and uses ex-gang members to help mediate disputes and prevent violence. Our program has cut violence in half in most neighborhoods we work in. AMA!

I'm Charlie Ransford, director of science and policy for Cure Violence, a violence-interruption program that treats violence like a disease and uses ex-gang members to help mediate disputes and pre...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Sarah O’Connor, Professor and Project Leader in Biological Chemistry at the John Innes Centre in the UK. I do research to discover how plants produce medicines and to engineer strains of microbes and plants that produce these compounds. AMA!

Hi Reddit! Plants produce hundreds of thousands of complex molecules called "natural products" that have many uses. Anti-cancer medication such as vinblastine and taxol, and the anti-malarial dru...

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Breast Cancer AMA Week: We are here from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) and the National Society of Genetic Counselors to talk about managing breast and ovarian cancer risk and assuring all people have access to cancer risk management. AUA!

Hi Reddit! We are here from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) and the National Society of Genetic Counselors. We work with people who are at increased risk of breast, ovarian, and relat...

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American Chemical Society AMA: Hi Reddit! My name is Megan J. Palmer, of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. Ask me anything about synthetic biology and the responsible development of biotechnology!

Hi Reddit! I’m Megan J. Palmer, a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. I lead a research program focused on governing ris...

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Science AMA Series: I am Shannon Bragg-Sitton, I lead a research program at Idaho National Laboratory. We are developing sustainable energy systems that maximize the use of low-carbon energy generators – specifically nuclear and renewables. I’m here with a few members of my team. Ask us anything!

Hi Reddit! My name is Shannon Bragg-Sitton and I’m here today with a few other researchers from Idaho National Laboratory. This is Nuclear Science Week, so we thought it would be great to start a ...

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Science AMA Series: We're scientists at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center. We broke the world record for pressure in a magnetic fusion device on our tokamak’s last day of operation. AUA about our scientific work, our future as a lab, and fusion in general!

Hi Reddit, we’re scientists working in the Plasma Science and Fusion Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Last time we were here, redditors helped to extend the life of our tokamak,...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Dr Neil Stacey, a biofuels researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand. I've shown that the cost of distilling ethanol for fuel use can be reduced by just blending gasoline directly into the ethanol/water mixture. AMA!

Purifying ethanol is energy-intensive and expensive. When we're just using it in a fuel blend, it's also unnecessary. The real end-product of ethanol production for fuel use isn't pure ethanol itse...

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Science Policy AMA: We’re Toby Smith and Erin Heath, two policy nerds with a combined 40 years of experience working with scientists, Members of Congress, federal officials and policymakers. We work to empower scientists and engineers to engage in policy. Ask us anything!

Hi Reddit, I’m Toby Smith, Vice President for Policy at the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 60 leading U.S.research universities. I have been working in Washington ...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit, I'm Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. I'm here to talk about the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season specifically as well as any other hurricane/typhoon related questions you have. Ask me anything!

I am Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. I worked for over 15 years with the late Dr. Bill Gray, a renowned scientist who con...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we're Igor, Steve and Gert and we sequenced fungus DNA and found banana crops are highly susceptible to the fungal pathogen and resistant to fungicides, creating unsustainable growing practices -- Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, We're Igor Grigoriev, Steve Goodwin and Gert HJ KEMA, and we recently published an article titled Combating a Global Threat to a Clonal Crop: Banana Black Sigatoka Pathogen Pseudocercos...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Chris San Marchi, a researcher at Sandia National Laboratories. I manage a diverse portfolio of projects related to hydrogen as a zero-emission fuel and diverse energy carrier. Let’s talk hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe.

Hi Reddit! I’m Chris San Marchi, a hydrogen and metallurgy researcher on a team at Sandia Labs in California studying how hydrogen and materials interact, and developing codes and standards for hy...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit! We are Dr. Frank Marks and Commander Justin Kibbey, hurricane hunters and scientists at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML). We fly into hurricanes to help improve forecasts! Ask us anything!

Hi Reddit! As hurricane season is in full swing we wanted to give you the opportunity to ask us any questions you have: My name is Dr. Frank Marks. I am the Director of the Hurricane Research Div...

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X-Prize AMA: Hi I’m Peter Diamandis, futurist and founder of the XPRIZE. I created a way to go to outer space without the government’s help, I’ve written 2 NYT bestsellers and I was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders" by Fortune Magazine. AMA!

Good morning, Reddit! This is Peter Diamandis here to answer your questions. You may know me from the XPRIZE Foundation or Singularity University. 20 years ago, I had a vision to use an incentive p...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, my name is Scott Hensley and I recently published a study showing that antibodies with the “original antigenic sin” phenotype are an important component of immune responses against influenza – Ask Me Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Scott Hensley and I am an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. My research focuses on how our immune systems try to stop pathogens and how pathogens fight b...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Randy Olson and next week I’m launching the fall series for my Story Circles Narrative Training for Scientists which will be coming to Yale, Tufts, UCLA, Genentech, the Smithsonian, AAAS, USDA, NASA and the National Park Service. AMA!

Hello Reddit! My name is Randy Olson. I was a scientist, I became a filmmaker, now I’m back working with scientists and environmentalists, helping them strengthen the narrative elements of thei...

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Science AMA Series: We’re members of a team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that is creating “second skin,” a breathable smart material that can respond to and protect against chemical or biological agents, for futuristic military uniforms. AMA!

Hi Reddit, I’m Francisco Fornasiero, a Staff Scientist within the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate at LLNL and I am part of a team working on the development of highly breathable “smart” mat...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Marko Russiver, founder of Guaana, a scientific collaboration platform that is giving 10% of the company to 100,000 scientists worldwide to define universal format for scientific projects with uniform digital footprint that is human and machine readable, AMA

Hey everyone, I'm Marko Russiver, founder & CEO of Guaana, a digital platform where scientists connect to each other and collaborate on open and private multidisciplinary projects. I’m here ...

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Science AMA Series: We’re Sarah, Hansi and Aurora, postdocs at National Labs in the US. We each study a different flavor of computational science: computational genomics (Sarah), climate science (Hansi) and mathematical chemistry (Aurora). AUA!

Hi reddit! I’m Sarah Richardson. I specialize in the design of genomes and the creation of all the technological tools necessary to be able to write this sentence with a straight face. I work on ...

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Science AMA Series: I am Dr. Ioannis Pavlidis, a junior group leader in the University of Kassel, Germany. Our group of Biotechnology focuses on Enzyme Technology and Development of Biocatalytic Applications. Anyone interested on the topics is welcome to AMA!

Nature provides us with a wide toolbox of enzymes as biocatalysts, we just need to refine them in order to fit to our process. I am a biologist by training, but thoughout my academic career I alway...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we’re Susanne and Michael and we recently published a literature review in PLOS NTDs that showed countries that targeted the snail host are more successful at reducing or eliminating schistosomiasis – Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Susanne Sokolow and I am a disease ecologist and a Research Associate at Stanford University. My research focuses on feedbacks between health and the natural environment. I...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Karen Mustian, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and I’m here with Ian Kleckner, Ph.D., research assistant professor at UR and its Wilmot Cancer Institute. We study exercise in connection with cancer. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m Karen Mustian, an associate professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center. I’ve been studying exercise for cancer patients for 12 years, and several of my team’s studies ...

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Science AMA Series: Hello Reddit! We’re psychologist Dr. Duncan Carmichael (Univ. of Sussex, UK) and geneticist Dr. Amanda Tilot (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands), and we’re here to chat about the genetics of synesthesia! AMA!

Purple Tuesdays, words that taste like buttered toast, or experiencing the calendar as a winding line in the space around you - these are all examples of synesthetic experiences. The synesthesia re...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Kevin Lothridge, forensic chemist and CEO of the National Forensic Science Technology Center. I’m here to talk about the challenges synthetic drugs are creating for forensic laboratories and crime scene investigators. AMA!

Hi reddit! I am Kevin Lothridge, CEO of the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) in Largo, Florida. I’ve been working in forensic science since taking my first job nearly 30 years a...

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Science AMA Series: Hi reddit, I’m Dr Ashok Jansari, a neuropsychologist at Goldsmiths, University of London. I research individuals with face-blindness and so called ‘super recognisers’, who have an almost superhuman ability to recognise faces. AMA!

Hi reddit! I first became interested in facial recognition when one of my patients mistook me for George Michael, of Wham fame. While somewhat flattering and very funny, it also provided an insigh...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Dr Nerida Wilson, Senior Research Scientist at the Museum of Western Australia. I’m a marine molecular biologist – I work on the biodiversity of aquatic taxa from nudibranchs to sea dragons, discovering new species as I go. I’m here to today to talk about it.

Hi everyone, I’m Nerida Wilson Senior Research Scientist at the Museum of Western Australia and Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Western Australia. I work in phylogenetics, biodiversity and s...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Dr. Dae Wook Kim, and we are the Large Optics Fabrication and Testing (LOFT) Group at the College of Optical Sciences. We want to share our knowledge about the tools required to make and then test the world’s largest mirrors! AMA!

Hello Reddit! We are excited to be here to share our expertise in the field of fabrication and testing of mirrors and other optical surfaces. Joining me (Dae Wook) in answering questions are my st...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Kartik Chandran and I’m working to transform wastewater into a valuable resource. My approaches involve treating waste with the goal of producing useful resources such as fertilizers, chemicals, energy sources, and clean water. AMA!

Hi reddit! I became interested in science because I grew up in India having access to clean water for only about a couple of hours each day, where we also had limited access to reliable power. Yea...

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Science AMA Series: I’m Steven Hauck, a planetary scientist at Case Western Reserve University and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Geophysical Research – Planets, here to discuss the science and exploration of the planets of our solar system. Ask Me Anything!

Hi Reddit! I am Steven Hauck, a planetary scientist, professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Science at Case Western Reserve University, and the Editor-in-Chief of the American Geophysica...

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Science AMA Series: We are NOAA scientist Dr. Steve Goodman and Andrea Schumacher and we are excited to talk to you about NOAA’s state-of-the-art GOES-R satellite, launching November 4, 2016, which will help us predict and track hurricanes better than ever. Ask us anything!

Hi redditors! We are Steve Goodman and Andrea Schumacher and we are excited to talk to you about NOAA’s GOES-R, a state-of-the art satellite set to launch November 4, 2016 that will transform hurri...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit, I'm David Petley, author of The Landslide Blog and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. I'm here to talk about the science and management of landslides. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m Dave Petley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Professor of Geology at the University of East Anglia in the UK. I also run the Landslide Blog, which sits on the website of the A...

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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit, I'm David Petley, author of The Landslide Blog and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. I'm here to talk about the science and management of landslides. AMA!

Hi Reddit! I’m Dave Petley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Professor of Geology at the University of East Anglia in the UK. I also run the Landslide Blog, which sits on the website of the A...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we’re Jorge Ahumada and Lydia Beaudrot, and we used camera traps to monitor mammal and bird populations in 15 protected tropical forests, further establishing the importance of standardized monitoring for conservation – Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Jorge Ahumada and I am the executive director of the TEAM Network at Conservation International. Ahumada completed his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton Un...

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Science AMA Series: I'm Dr. Greg Smith, author of the recent textbook Medical Cannabis, What Clinicians Need to Know and Why: Basic Science and Clinical Applications. Over 98% of doctors who practice in states with legalized medical cannabis, don't recommend it. AMA!

Hey Reddit, I am a Harvard-trained medical doctor. I have been in practice for 30 years and for the past 15 years I have been using medical cannabis as part of my practice. I have recently publish...

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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, we’re Courtney Lane-Donovan and Joachim Herz, and in a PLOS ONE study we examined how a high-fat diet effects levels of ApoE isoforms in mice, which are known to impact Alzheimer’s risk – Ask Us Anything!

Hi Reddit, My name is Courtney Lane-Donovan, and I am an MD/PhD student in Neuroscience at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. I’m interested in the underlying bi...

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