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NIH heart institute loses head

By | October 22, 2009

linkurl:Elizabeth Nabel,;http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/director.htm the director of the National Institutes of Health's National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) will be leaving her post on January 1, 2010 to take a position as president and CEO of Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals in Boston, according to internal NIH emails. Elizabeth NabelImage: NHLBINabel, a cardiologist by training, joined NHLBI 10 years ago as the institute's scientific director of clinical research. She took o

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Primate evolution claim challenged

By | October 21, 2009

An analysis of 37 million year old primate fossils is fueling a debate over the existence of an evolutionary link between lemur-like and monkey-like primates -- a link that could more fully explain human evolution. The linkurl:study,;http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v461/n7267/ published in this week's issue of Nature, challenges the linkurl:claim;http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0005723 that Darwinius -- a rare, almost-complete skeleton whose unveiling cau

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Fly study retracted

By | October 20, 2009

Researchers have retracted a study that pinpointed a specific gene in Drosophila required to maintain healthy cell activity, published two years ago in Current Biology. In a linkurl:retraction notice;http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6VRT-4XF85VF-P&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=37ff9ee170319a71ae14c5c0a2a41692 published in the journal earlier this month (October 13), they attributed

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Modest HIV protection confirmed

By | October 20, 2009

With the full results of the Thai HIV vaccine trial released this morning (October 20) at a conference in Paris, the HIV/AIDS research community can breathe a sigh of relief: The vaccine candidate does appear to offer a real, albeit modest, level of protection against HIV infection. Human Immunodeficiency VirusImage: Wikimedia commons, NIAID"What we saw today was a more complete presentation of different types of analyses that were done, [and] the scientific conclusions are as they were describ

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FDA hires consumer advocate

By | October 19, 2009

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added a vocal consumer advocate to its policy team. Peter Lurie, former director of the health research group at Washington, DC-based watchdog group Public Citizen, will be serving in the Office of Policy helping to "develop strategies to facilitate medical product availability to meet critical public health needs," Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest (CMPI) and former FDA official, wrote on the CMPI's linkurl:Dr

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Peer-review-less grants, round 1

By | October 19, 2009

University College London (UCL), which last year linkurl:announced;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55282/ plans to award unorthodox research grants without robust peer review, deadlines, directives, or milestones, has linkurl:chosen;http://www.ucl.ac.uk/media/library/VentureLane its first awardee -- a biochemist who will study the evolutionary switch from simple to more complex cellular structures. The researcher, linkurl:Nick Lane,;http://www.nick-lane.net/index.html was deemed worth

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Jostling spurs cell spreading

By | October 18, 2009

Tiny physical pokes and prods may be enough to spur stem cell movement and differentiation, according to a new study published online in Nature Materials today (October 18). These findings suggest mechanical forces in the early embryo's microenvironment may play a bigger role in its development than scientists had realized. A soft embryonic stem cell (left) has a large nucleus (blue) and relatively little actin (red) and responds to applied stress by spreading and downregulating gene expressio

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Research loss in Pfizer-Wyeth deal

By | October 16, 2009

Pfizer's $68 billion merger with Wyeth, which officially linkurl:commences today,;http://www.pfizer.com/news/press_releases/pfizer_press_releases.jsp?rssUrl=http://mediaroom.pfizer.com/portal/site/pfizer/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&ndmConfigId=1016273&newsId=20091015006478&newsLang=en will mean the loss of almost 20,000 jobs, the company has said, and analysts predict research could take a hard hit. The deal involves combining laboratories of the once-competing companies. Martin Mackay, pres

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Virus cancer link examined

By | October 16, 2009

New findings complicate recent evidence for a viral link to prostate cancer. linkurl:Recent studies;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/55966/ have found the virus, called xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV), in a disproportionate number of cancer tissue samples in men with prostate cancer, but the linkurl:latest report,;http://www.retrovirology.com/content/6/1/92 published today (October 16) in Retrovirology, detected no sign of XMRV in tissue samples from almost 600 pro

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Waterbirds: A slideshow

By | October 16, 2009

Publisher, author, photographer, and civil rights advocate linkurl:Theodore Cross;http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Author.aspx?id=12249 spent a decade traversing the globe, from the waterways of the Arctic Circle to sun-drenched South Pacific islands, to compile the brilliant photographs that grace the pages of his latest tome, linkurl:__Waterbirds__,;http://www.amazon.com/Waterbirds-Theodore-Cross/dp/0393072266 due to hit bookshelves on October 26th. The 85-year-old birder chatted with __The

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