Halloween is right around the corner, so this week we are going to introduce you to a little bit of health sciences research fun. NCBI ROFL, according to it’s creators “is the brainchild of two Molecular and Cell Biology graduate students at UC Berkeley. Like most grad students, we procrastinate a lot.” The authors of the site look for actual citations in PubMed that deal with funny subjects, however they do give the disclaimer that the site “is not meant to denigrate science or NCBI in any way. It is purely for entertainment. [They] are scientists [themselves] and [...] firmly believe in science’s value to society and its importance for expanding the boundaries of human knowledge.” This week they are highlighting different Halloween related research, but I wanted to share an entry that came out about a month ago that I found particularly fun. This research could be very useful if you are trying to avoid vampires or if you are a Twilight fan hoping to meet one.
Have a safe and fun Halloween!