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10.9.13

Does North Korea publish peer-reviewed science?

To answer this I looked to Pubmed, which is the biomedical peer-review research search engine run by the National Library of Medicine of the US National Institutes of Health.

Pubmed's search capabilities allow you to search by authors' professional or university affiliations.


I limited my search query to Pyongyang, North Korea, DPR Korea, and/or DPRK, which (correctly) yielded 5 published peer-reviewed research publications, none before 2006:

  • Chae MH, Krull F, Lorenzen S, Knapp EW. Predicting protein complex geometries with a neural network. Proteins. 2010 Mar; 78(4):1026-39.
  • Yu SC, Borchert A, Kuhn H, Ivanov I. Synthesis of a new seleninic acid anhydride and mechanistic studies into its glutathione peroxidase activity. Chemistry. 2008; 14(23):7066-71.
  • Rim H, Kim S, Sim B, Gang H, Kim H, Kim Y, Kim R, Yang M, Kim S. Effect of iron fortification of nursery complementary food on iron status of infants in the DPRKorea. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2008; 17(2):264-9.
  • Kim YS, Xiao HZ, Du EQ, Cai GS, Lu SY, Qi YP. Identification and functional analysis of LsMNPV anti-apoptosis genes. J Biochem Mol Biol. 2007 Jul 31; 40(4):571-6.
  • Choe CU, Flunkert V, Hövel P, Benner H, Schöll E. Conversion of stability in systems close to a Hopf bifurcation by time-delayed coupling. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2007 Apr; 75(4 Pt 2):046206.
  • Chol PT, Suwannapong N, Howteerakul N. Evaluation of a malaria control project in DPR Korea, 2001-2003. Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 2005 May; 36(3):565-71.

What's intriguing to me are the non-Korean names attached to some of these papers. I'm curious what the process of collaboration is like between international scientists when one of them is from North Korea (which has well-known external communication restrictions).

(question originally answered on Quora)

ResearchBlogging.org
Chae MH, Krull F, Lorenzen S, & Knapp EW (2010). Predicting protein complex geometries with a neural network. Proteins, 78 (4), 1026-39 PMID: 19938153
Rim H, Kim S, Sim B, Gang H, Kim H, Kim Y, Kim R, Yang M, & Kim S (2008). Effect of iron fortification of nursery complementary food on iron status of infants in the DPRKorea. Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, 17 (2), 264-9 PMID: 18586646
Kim YS, Xiao HZ, Du EQ, Cai GS, Lu SY, & Qi YP (2007). Identification and functional analysis of LsMNPV anti-apoptosis genes. Journal of biochemistry and molecular biology, 40 (4), 571-6 PMID: 17669274
Choe CU, Flunkert V, Hövel P, Benner H, & Schöll E (2007). Conversion of stability in systems close to a Hopf bifurcation by time-delayed coupling. Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics, 75 (4 Pt 2) PMID: 17500977