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Featured article: Wrapping culture plates with Parafilm M® increases Caenorhabditis elegans growth

This study by Shinn-Thomas et al says that C. elegans investigators should be aware that wrapping their experimental cultures with Parafilm may result in statistically detectable changes in worm growth and possibly other developmental processes.

Featured article: Different forms of informal coercion in psychiatry: a qualitative study

This study by Pelto-Piri et al investigated how mental health professionals describe and reflect upon different forms of informal coercion. They report that informal coercion includes forms that are not obviously arranged in a hierarchy, and that its use is complex with a variety of pathways between different forms before treatment is accepted by the patient or compulsion is imposed.


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