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Party imperils college's funding

By | April 30, 2010

As students at Portland, Oregon's Reed College ready for their annual end of the year bash, some faculty members worry that the liberal arts school may risk losing federal funding if drug problems among students at the institution persist. Image: Wikimedia Commonsoriginally uploaded by ThoricThe concern stems from a meeting held last week where federal officials apparently warned Reed President linkurl:Colin Diver;http://www.reed.edu/president/ and Vice President/Dean of Student Services linkur

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Wii-hab

By | April 30, 2010

In 2006, researcher linkurl:Marsha Melnick;http://www.therapeuticassociates.com/locations/washington/olympic-peninsula/port-angeles/marsha-melnick/ was running out of ideas for how to get her therapeutic exercise program into the living rooms of Parkinson's patients. For years, she had been trying to adapt the program, which employs clinically tested physical movements to improve gait and balance, into an accessible format for people to use at home. But the National Institutes of Health had alre

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1st pigment-making animal found

By | April 29, 2010

Aphids can make their own carotenoids -- organic pigments that serve a variety of functions in animals, but until now, were believed to be produced only by bacteria, plants, and fungi. Pea aphids with genetically baseddifferences in carotenoid content.Green and red individuals representa naturally occurring polymorphism;yellow-green individuals are mutantsderived from a red parental line.Image: Charles Hedgcock, R.B.PThe small insects appear to have acquired the carotenoid-making ability via l

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More support for transcription trick

By | April 29, 2010

After recruiting the appropriate cellular machinery, transcription factors can further regulate gene expression by encouraging that machinery to do its job -- copy the DNA into an RNA transcript. DNA PolymeraseImage: Wikimedia commons, The Protein Data Bank PDBA new study published online today (April 29) in Cell helps drive home just how widespread this second level of gene control is, and implicates a cancer-causing transcription factor as a major player in the process. "This is another piec

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Dynamic view of the MS genome

By | April 28, 2010

In the first ever sequencing of twin genomes, researchers searched deep into the genetics of multiple sclerosis, coupling DNA sequencing with a panoramic look at the regulation and expression of genes, only to come up empty-handed. "It's really a tour de force," said linkurl:Eric Topol,;http://www.scripps.edu/research/faculty.php?rec_id=23654 director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, who was not involved in the research. "It's a fascinating study. It's sobering that they didn't f

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Popular hESC line approved

By | April 27, 2010

The National Institutes of Health is set to announce the approval of four human embryonic stem cell lines that were eligible for federal funding under former US President George W. Bush, but originally deemed ineligible under new rules from the current administration. Human embryonic stem cellsImage: Wikimedia commons, Nissim BenvenistyOne of these lines includes the most widely used line of human embryonic stem cells, H9. With only one Bush-approved line already on the new NIH registry, this

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More money, fewer postdocs

By | April 26, 2010

Proposed salary increases have many postdocs waiting eagerly for a bigger check, but in the current economic environment, others are concerned about the potential consequences. Currently, postdocs receiving federal awards make between $37,740 to $52,068 a year, depending on a fellow's level of experience. Now, U.S. President Barack Obama's linkurl:proposed 2011 budget;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/57127/ includes a six percent funding increase for these government-funded stipends,

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News in a nutshell

By | April 26, 2010

New Royal Society headlinkurl:Paul Nurse,;http://www.rockefeller.edu/research/faculty/abstract.php?id=316 Nobel Prize-winning cell biologist and president of Rockefeller University in New York City since 2003, has been linkurl:nominated;http://royalsociety.org/Sir-Paul-Nurse-nominated-as-next-President-of-the-Royal-Society/ by the Council of the Royal Society to lead the Royal Society in London. Following a vote of the Society's Fellows, the appointment will be confirmed in July. Paul NurseIma

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Retracted: highly cited paper

By | April 26, 2010

Two papers (one highly cited) on the mechanism of estrogen signaling have been retracted after an investigation by Wyeth found that the research data of its former employee Boris Cheskis were "unreliable." Image: Wikimedia commonsThe retractions do "clear up an area of uncertainty," said molecular endocrinologist linkurl:David Ray;http://www.medicine.manchester.ac.uk/staff/DavidRay of the University of Manchester School of Medicine, whose studies on a related topic conflicted with the now-retr

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Yale postdoc shot, killed

By | April 26, 2010

A postdoctoral fellow at Yale University was shot and killed as he left his condominium in Branford, Connecticut this morning (26th April). Vajinder Toor, 34, was gunned down shortly before 8:00 AM EDT today in the parking lot of his housing complex. The gunman, who the linkurl:__New Haven Register__;http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/04/26/news/doc4bd586e9df5ac180416529.txt reports as being a "Chinese national," also tried to shoot Toor's pregnant wife as she rushed to her husband's aid.

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