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By | March 15, 2010

Whether you're starting a new job or discussing a raise, every negotiation starts with current salary rates -- in other words, what are your colleagues earning? Help us figure that out by completing our salary survey online today (it'll only take 5 minutes). In November -- just before your year-end reviews -- we'll publish the most current salary data for life scientists. We'll show you how linkurl:salaries compare;http://www.the-scientist.com/salarysurvey/ by life science specializations, by

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Lenin's Embalmers

By | March 12, 2010

Science might be a high stakes game, but a project's success or failure rarely determines whether the researchers undertaking it will live or die. There are, of course, some exceptions to this; say, for example, your work is funded by Joseph Stalin, and your task is to devise a way to preserve for eternity the body of Stalin's predecessor and the father of Soviet communism, Vladimir Lenin. Boris Zbarsky examines Lenin'sembalmed body, while Vladimir Vorobievand his assistant, Nadia, watch Photo

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Cow vaccine pioneer dies

By | March 11, 2010

Walter Plowright, a pioneer in the field of veterinary medicine who helped to eradicate so-called "cattle plague," rinderpest, died last month at the age of 86. Rinderpest has been considered one of the world's greatest natural disasters. In the late 1800s, rinderpest spread to Africa through India, killing an estimated 90 percent of domesticated cattle. As a result, one third of the population of Ethiopia, and two thirds of the Maasai, died due to starvation. Outbreaks in Africa continued thr

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No circ. clock for reindeer?

By | March 11, 2010

Arctic reindeer, which live most of the year in 24-hour darkness or daylight, may lack an internal clock common to most organisms, according to research published online today (March 11) in __Current Biology.__ ReindeerImage: Per Harald Olsen/WikimediaThe study found no evidence of cyclic changes in reindeer gene expression, consistent with behavioral evidence that the arctic animals do not rely on such daily rhythms. But the fact that the researchers only investigated two clock genes in one

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Cancer biotech slashes R&D

By | March 10, 2010

Cancer genomics company Exelixis announced on Monday that it would cut 270 jobs, a loss of about 40% of its workforce, with the brunt of the cuts aimed at drug discovery, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Image: Donovan Govan/WikimediaThe company, which is using genomic models of cancer to screen a massive library of compounds, estimates the layoff and subsequent restructuring will save $90 million through 2011. Last year __The Scientist__ profiled the company's linkurl:

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New model org? Cluck cluck

By | March 10, 2010

The humble chicken has provided humanity with meat, eggs, and wake-up calls for centuries, and new research probing the bird's DNA may point to an expansion of another role for the flightless fowl: biomedical model organism. Image: Michael Gäbler via Wikipedia CommonsUppsala University functional genomicist linkurl:Leif Andersson;http://www.imbim.uu.se/forskning/anderssonresearch.html and colleagues used cutting-edge sequencing technology to comb the chicken genome and identified some gene

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Stem cell regs to become law?

By | March 10, 2010

US President Barack Obama's 2009 executive order to allow the federal funding of research using new human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines may become law. Human embryonic stem cellsImage: Wikimedia commons, Nissim BenvenistyYesterday (March 9), on the one-year anniversary of Obama's announcement, members of Congress Diana DeGette of Colorado and Mike Castle of Delaware reintroduced the Stem Cell Research Advancement Act to "ensure a lasting ethical framework" for such research. DeGette and Cas

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Defunct CF drug reborn

By | March 8, 2010

A cystic fibrosis drug that seemed destined for death when its company faced financial troubles (and eventually linkurl:went belly up;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55982/ last year) is being revived by another company. Image: Wikipedia A new company launched by a veteran of the defunct company (Altus Pharmaceuticals, which linkurl:we profiled;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55882/ last year) plans to submit the drug, a pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, to the US Foo

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Journal editor facing axe

By | March 8, 2010

Elsevier has asked the editor-in-chief of its only non-peer-reviewed journal, linkurl:Medical Hypotheses,;http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/623059/description to either resign immediately or implement a series of changes, including a traditional peer-review system. Image: flicker/linkurl:meviola;http://www.flickr.com/photos/69659670@N00/ The journal's editor-in-chief linkurl:Bruce Charlton;http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/publicity/dofe/charlton.html told The Scientist tha

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News in a nutshell

By | March 8, 2010

Hand (de)sanitizer?The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uncovered a nasty little additive in some Puerto Rican hand sanitizers: bacteria. The FDA linkurl:warned;http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm202955.htm consumers to use neither Bee-Shield Hand Sanitizer nor MD Quality Hand Sanitizer -- which are only distributed in the Caribbean territory -- because the two products may contain __Burkholderia cepacia__, a bacterium that can cause serious infections if used on c

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