Public Library of Science

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) was founded in 2000 by biomedical scientists Harold E. Varmus, Patrick O. Brown and Michael Eisen for the purpose of granting open access to the public about scientific research papers. An open letter was sent to scientific publishers encouraging them to all distribution of their research literature through an on-line publication like the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central. In response to a less than receptive response, PLOS launched a nonprofit scientific and medical publishing venture in 2003. PLOS articles are available free on-line and appear immediately on the web site for no charge. PLOS received start-up funds from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations and has received various other foundation endowments for their not for profit enterprise.

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press@plos.org
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New findings on prostate cancer screening

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Sep 26, 2016
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Sep 19, 2016
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Sep 09, 2016
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A taste of change in the fight on obesity

In 2014, Mexican legislation created a one peso per litre (approximately 10%) tax on all sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) sales. The average Mexican consumes 163 L of SSBs per year, the equivalent of 16 kg of pure sugar. Up ...

Sep 05, 2016
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Can Pokemon Go solve the physical inactivity epidemic?

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Sep 05, 2016
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