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Opinion: On the Gene Patent Debate

By | March 7, 2012

Two key patent cases that no doubt will impact the future of personalized medicine are pending review by the US Supreme Court. What will the Court decide?

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Opinion: A Big Pharma Biotech Fund

By | March 5, 2012

Pharmaceutical companies should deploy cash to fund struggling biotech companies, which could generate much needed new drugs.

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Opinion: Good, But Not Good Enough

By | February 22, 2012

Funding only outstanding researchers is increasing the gap between good and great labs and forcing some out of science in search of a bigger paycheck.

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News from AAAS

By | February 20, 2012

A roundup of recent research announced last weekend at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Bird Flu Paper Publication Delayed

By | February 17, 2012

The World Health Organization announced today that it recommends publishing the two controversial H5N1 papers in full, as soon as a few details are worked out. And Science is listening.

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image: Opinion: What Is Life?

Opinion: What Is Life?

By | February 16, 2012

Designing the simplest possible living organism artificially may lend clues as to what life is.

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Propitious Prions

By | February 15, 2012

Often thought to be artifacts of the lab, prions in yeast may actually drive the evolution of beneficial traits.

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Cancer’s First Step

By | February 8, 2012

A single mutant cell breaks free of its neighbors in the early stages of cancer development.

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C. diff Infection Source Unclear

By | February 7, 2012

Only a quarter of Clostridium difficile infections in one hospital system were traced to contact with a symptomatic patient.

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image: Opinion: No Objections to Nano?

Opinion: No Objections to Nano?

By | February 3, 2012

While biotechnology has met with mixed public reactions, to date nanotechnology seems to invoke much less public concern.

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