eLife will publish Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology results

August 28, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth in Reproducibility |

We are excited to announce that eLife has joined our partnership with the Center for Open Science to work on the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology!

eLife is an open access journal co-founded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Wellcome Trust and the Max Plank Institute. We are proud to have the work of the RP:CB published through them.

Each study in the RP:CB will undergo two rounds of review and publication. The first round will present the proposed replication plan to the public in the form of a Registered Report. This Registered Report will ensure that the proposed protocols have been reviewed by scientific and statistical experts prior to experimental work commencing. The completed work and all data will then be published as a Replication study. All data generated will be freely available to the public through eLife’s open access platform. Registered Reports are now under review by the eLife Board of reviewing editors and will be published in the eLife journal as available.

The Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology aims to replicate key findings from 50 high profile papers from the field of cancer biology.

“We need an objective way to evaluate reproducibility,” said Randy Scheckman, who is the Editor-in-Chief of eLife and a Nobel prize winning cell biologist at the University of California- Berkeley. “This project is a valuable opportunity to generate a high-quality dataset to address questions about reproducibility constructively and rigorously.”

For more information, please see eLife (http://elifesciences.org/eLife-the-Center-for-Open-Science-and-Science-Exchange-partner-to-assess-the-reproducibility-of-cancer-biology-research) and the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology (http://validation.scienceexchange.com/#/cancer-biology). Read the rest of this entry »

OncoSynergy Crowdfunds Ebola Treatment

August 22, 2014 | Posted by Tess Mayall in Science Exchange News |

Can We Defeat EBOLA with an Experimental CANCER Drug? from Experiment on Vimeo.

We are proud to share that Science Exchange user, OncoSynergy, is crowdfunding to test their experimental cancer drug, OS 2966, against ebola infection.

OS2966 is a monoclonal antibody that inhibits CD29 , a main cellular adhesion receptor that is key to cancer progression. Interestingly, CD29  is also thought to be hijacked by the ebola virus during infection. With the current ebola outbreak’s death toll exceeding 1,000 victims, it is more important than ever that promising drugs are investigated as soon as possible. As a result, OncoSynergy is using the Science Exchange network to test whether OS2966 can block ebola infection in cultured human cells.

“We have a unique opportunity to potentially effect a major impact on the current global ebola crisis,” said
Dr. W. Shawn Carbonell, MD, PhD, Founder and CEO of OncoSynergy. “However, as a seed stage
biotech startup with 6 employees, we don’t have the bandwidth to take on projects beyond our central
mission focused on cancer. We are teaming up with Science Exchange and Experiment to accomplish
the initial experiments which are an important first step towards possible clinical testing of OS2966. We
now need the public’s help to fund the work so we can start as soon as possible.”

“I am pleased to be working with Dr. Carbonell on this timely project,” said our CEO, Dr. Elizabeth Iorns. “This is a great example of how the Science Exchange platform can help facilitate science and accelerate scientific discoveries.”

If you’re interested in helping this research progress, please donate to OncoSynergy’s campaign here: https://experiment.com/projects/can-we-defeat-ebola-with-an-experimental-cancer-drug

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