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The young and the bold, funded

By | September 24, 2009

The National Institutes of Health awarded more than 100 new grants for high-risk research or innovative work being done by young investigators, the agency linkurl:announced;http://www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2009/od-24.htm today (September 24). Approximately $350 million was awarded as part of the NIH director's High-Risk Research Awards program. The 115 new grants come in three flavors: 42 Transformative R01 (T-R01) Awards to researchers who make innovative ideas central to their work, 18 Pion

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Nature to launch OA journal

By | September 23, 2009

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is adding an online-only, open-access publication to its roster of scientific journals, the publishing juggernaut announced today (September 23). __Nature Communications__ is set to launch in April 2010, and the hybrid open-access publication will be the first online-only title in __Nature__'s family of journals. Authors will have the choice of submitting research articles to __Nature Communications__ via the traditional subscription route, or by paying an article

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Swine flu windfall

By | September 23, 2009

Though a worrisome flu season is knocking at the Northern Hemisphere's door, the five biopharmaceutical companies awarded massive contracts by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for development and production of more than 195 million doses of swine flu vaccine can't really complain. The companies -- Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune, Australian drug maker CSL, and Sanofi-Pasteur -- have been hard at work developing and testing vaccines since the H1N1 surfaced in the US, Mex

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Centralize biolab oversight: GAO

By | September 22, 2009

A new government body should be formed to oversee the increasing number of high-containment laboratories that work with dangerous pathogens, according to a linkurl:Government Accountability Office (GAO) report;http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09574.pdf released yesterday (September 21). Bacillus anthracis Image:P Paul Keim, linkurl:CDC EID,;http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol10no1/03-0238.htm via WikipediaIn the report, the GAO pointed out that such laboratories have proliferated since 2001; in 200

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NIH picks stem cell panel

By | September 21, 2009

The linkurl:National Institutes of Health (NIH);http://www.nih.gov/ has linkurl:established a much-awaited panel;http://www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2009/od-21.htm charged with deciding whether human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines derived in the past eight years should be approved for use in NIH-funded research. Human embryonic stem cellsImage: Wikimedia commons, Nissim BenvenistyIn March of this year, US President Barack Obama issued an executive order to overturn the embryonic stem cell pol

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Plague may have killed researcher

By | September 21, 2009

A University of Chicago geneticist studying the genetics of Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes plague, may have died from exposure to a weakened strain he worked with in the laboratory. Wayson stain of Yersinia pestisImage: Wikimedia commons, US Center for Disease Control linkurl:Malcolm J. Casadaban;http://molbio.bsd.uchicago.edu/Faculty_and_Research/02_Faculty_by_Graduate_Program/05_Cell_&_Molecular_Biology.php?faculty_id=32 died on September 13. Autopsy results on Friday (September

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Can unresponsive brains learn?

By | September 20, 2009

Brain-injured patients who show minimal to no signs of consciousness may still retain functioning brain networks that allow them to learn, researchers report in a study published online today (September 20) in Nature Neuroscience. A brain scan Image: Wikipedia"Determining cognitive processing capacity in behaviorally unresponsive patients has been a real dilemma for clinicians working in brain injury," said linkurl:Joseph Giacino,;http://www.njneuro.org/bios/giacino.asp the associate director

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Food in all its splendor

By | September 18, 2009

These days food comes to us in all manner of attractive packaging: fancy foils, bright boxes, and striking wrappers. But the plants that make up the bulk of our diets can be even more beautiful than the most cleverly designed package. This fact, often lost on modern day consumers, is celebrated in the second edition of linkurl:__The New Oxford Book of Food Plants__;http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/019954946X/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=019

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Primate study triggers lawsuit

By | September 18, 2009

A six-month dispute between a biotech company and a university primate facility it contracted for a study on spinal cord injury has prompted a linkurl:lawsuit.;http://www.the-scientist.com/supplementary/pdf/invivo_lawsuit.pdf Cambridge-based biotech linkurl:InVivo Therapeutics;http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.invivotherapeutics.com%2F&ei=1LSzSteKNY3ilAeOzuiWDw&usg=AFQjCNFGw1gG962AueRkorRoe0x_HXlcEg&sig2=b97_y1ZQCw72CDkF37NfJw filed suit against linkurl:O

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Six biologists win Nat'l Medal

By | September 18, 2009

linkurl:Francis Collins;http://www.genome.gov/10000779 and linkurl:J. Craig Venter,;http://www.jcvi.org/cms/about/bios/jcventer/ former adversaries in the race for sequencing the human genome, are two of the six life scientist who will receive the linkurl:National Medal of Science;http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/President-Honors-Nations-Top-Scientists-and-Innovators/ this year. Image: WikipediaAlso among the awardees is linkurl:Joanna Fowler,;http://www.bnl.gov/medical/Personnel/Fow

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