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In this week’s PLoS ONE media digest: malaria vaccine boosts immunity in kids, invasion of Thoreau’s Woods, bees with keen sense of smell and more.

Article Safety and Immunogenicity of an AMA1 Malaria Vaccine in Malian Children: Results of a Phase 1 Randomized Controlled Trial by Mahamadou A. Thera and collaborators reports on a clinical trial of a novel malaria vaccine showing that it was safe, well-tolerated and effective in small children. The study was reported, among others, by BusinessWeek, Reuters, UPI and AFP

Article by Charles G. Willis and colleagues, Favorable Climate Change Response Explains Non-Native Species’ Success in Thoreau’s Woods, explores the idea that species that adapt to climate change by changing, for example, their seasonal timing of flowering, increase in numbers over time. They analyzed a dataset of species’ populations that was started by Henry David Thoreau 150 years ago in Concord, Massaschusets, and tracked the changes in seasonal responses and in population abundance over time. In this analysis, it turned out that the invasive species are particularly flexible and more readily adapt to climate change, thus threatening the native species. The article was covered, among others, by Boston Globe, Discovery News, Harvard Gazette, The Voltage Gate, Conservation Magazine and Scientific Blogging.

In the article, Honeybees Learn Odour Mixtures via a Selection of Key Odorants, Judith Reinhard and colleagues show that honeybees are capable of recognizing, remebering and responding to complex mixtures of odorants by identifying the key components in each mixture. The study was covered by ABC Online, UQ News and ScienceAlert.

Some other (and older) articles covered during the past week:

A Sequence Polymorphism in MSTN Predicts Sprinting Ability and Racing Stamina in Thoroughbred Horses was covered by Living the Scientific Life.and ScienceNOW.

Mapping Change in Large Networks was recently covered by Alex Holcombe and
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