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MPs say 'yes' to stem cell research

By | December 20, 2000

British Members of Parliament have voted in favour of allowing therapeutic cloning.

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Craig Venter is 'Scientist of the Year'

By | December 18, 2000

magazine's 'Person of the Year'.

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Stem cell decision time for the UK

By | December 18, 2000

The British parliament is to vote on Tuesday 19 December on whether to allow research into stem cell technology to be extended beyond its current boundaries.

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- or is it the other way around?

By | December 14, 2000

Donald Kennedy.

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HOUSTON A variety of motives are behind several recent drug company announcements of donations of HIV/AIDS drugs to African countries. Certainly, something needs to be done to control existing cases of HIV/AIDS, in addition to the lifestyle changes that would reduce the number of new AIDS cases. By the end of this year, 36.1 million people will be living with HIV or AIDS, according to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO).WHO and UNAIDS res

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Why did the chicken cross the DNA?

By | December 6, 2000

Advances in transgenics and drug production are foreseen using chicken eggs, says the Roslin Institute. But why chickens?

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Banking on genes

By | December 4, 2000

Various high-profile genetic projects around the world are pushing the barriers of research. But are they trespassing on human rights?

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Drug metabolites can now be patented

By | November 29, 2000

HOUSTON Bristol-Myers Squibb Company unveiled both a scientific achievement and a patent strategy that, if used by other drug companies, could delay introduction of cheaper generic versions of hundreds of patented drugs. Typically, after patents expire and generic versions of a drug become available, most drugs lose up to 80% of sales during the first year they face generic competition, according to Barbara Ryan, a drug industry analyst with Deutsche Banc Alex Brown. US patents on drugs with sal

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Potential AIDS epidemic in Eastern Europe

By | November 29, 2000

Experts fear that Eastern Europe could experience an AIDS epidemic similar to that seen in Africa.

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Online prescription drugs

November 23, 2000

A new website from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that many online pharmacies provide legitimate prescription services but that some questionable sites may make purchasing medicines online risky.On its website dedicated to this topic, the FDA highlights some of the problems associated with purchasing prescriptions online. These include sub-standard products; little or no quality control; possibility of an incorrect diagnosis by sites that inappropriately diagnose and prescribe o

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