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Single-factor stem cells

By | February 5, 2009

In the latest milestone on the road toward reprogramming cells to pluripotency without permanent genetic modification, researchers have successfully turned the clock back on adult stem cells using only a single transcription factor, according to a study published today (Feb. 5) in__ linkurl:Cell.;http://www.cell.com/ __Ever since Kyoto University's linkurl:Shinya Yamanaka;http://www.frontier.kyoto-u.ac.jp/rc02/kyojuE.html showed in 2006 that the overexpression of just four genes -- c-Myc, Sox2,

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Senate OKs big NIH bump

By | February 4, 2009

The US Senate, which is furiously debating the details of the economic stimulus package making its way through Congress, passed an amendment yesterday (Feb. 3) to add $6.5 billion in National Institutes of Health funding on top of the $3.5 billion already allotted to the agency in the bill. Science advocacy groups praised passage of the amendment, which was sponsored by Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA), Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL). linkurl:Richard Marchase,;http://main.uab.edu/show.a

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Spread the global health wealth

By | February 4, 2009

A bevy of diseases common in the third world aren't receiving adequate attention from funders, despite $2.5 billion spent by philanthropic organizations, governments, and pharmaceutical companies in 2007, according to the most comprehensive survey of global health spending conducted to date. That's because approximately 80% of that money went to developing products targeted towards just three diseases -- AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. "When you look at all the diseases in developing world, th

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Broad cuts 24 genomics staff

By | February 3, 2009

The Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard laid off 24 of its MIT employees last week, citing an upgrade to next-generation, high-throughput, genome sequencing technologies that made those jobs obsolete. "It's purely related to changes in technology," Nicole Davis, a Broad Institute spokesperson, told __The Scientist__, and not a result of a dwindling endowment in the weakened economy. The linkurl:Broad,;http://www.broad.mit.edu/ which was founded in 2003 wit

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Daschle withdraws as HHS nom.

By | February 3, 2009

Tom Daschle, the much lauded pick for secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced this afternoon that he'll be withdrawing his nomination in light of tax irregularities that have cropped up during the review. "I will not be the architect of America's health care reform, but I remain one of its most fervent supporters," Daschle said in a statement, according to the linkurl:Washington Post.;http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/02/03/daschle_withdraws.html News

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Journal plays with peer review

By | February 3, 2009

Ever wondered it would be like to tell a journal "nah, I don't think I want reviewers to re-review my manuscript"? Well, now you can -- in a new experimental policy, the linkurl:Journal of Biology;http://jbiol.com/ is giving authors the option of asking the journal to publish their revised paper without the okay of reviewers. In other words, once they have revised the manuscript, they can bypass a second review, a process that typically tacks on extra time. According to the journal's publishe

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CIRM grants delayed

By | February 2, 2009

The governing board of the California stem cell agency is delaying $58 million in new grants until March to wait out the poor economy and credit market. The linkurl:California Institute for Regenerative Medicine;http://www.cirm.ca.gov/ was created in 2004 with $3 billion in borrowing power to push stem cell research forward in the state. Since then, it has awarded almost $700 million in research and training grants to universities, institutes and research companies. On Friday, CIRM's board mem

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Bush's stem cell ban to end?

By | January 30, 2009

The rumors around Washington, DC say that President Barack Obama could overturn George W. Bush's 2001 federal funding ban on embryonic stem cell research using lines that were derived after August 9 of that year as soon as next week. linkurl:Rick Weiss,;http://www.americanprogress.org/experts/WeissRick.html senior fellow at liberal think tank the Center for American Progress, wrote in an email to __The Scientist__ that, while he has no inside information, there is "a lot of buzz in the advocacy

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Follow the fish leader

By | January 29, 2009

Followers bring out the best in their leaders, and leaders elicit better following skills in their minions, according to a new study of stickleback fish published online today (Jan. 29) in__ linkurl:Current Biology.;http://www.cell.com/current-biology/home __"Actually having good followers helps leaders get on with their tasks," said linkurl:Andrea Manica,;http://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/zoostaff/manica/people/am.htm an evolutionary biologist at the University of Cambridge who led the study. "They wer

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No funds for Genome Canada?

By | January 29, 2009

"Big science" genetics research in Canada may be left high and dry after the main agency that funds such work was left out of this year's federal budget. linkurl:Genome Canada,;http://www.genomecanada.ca/ a nonprofit established in 2000 to support large-scale genomics and proteomics research, was expecting a level of financing this year in the ballpark of C$120 million ($98m), which would be on par with its last two budgets. Instead, Genome Canada was completely absent from the linkurl:2009 bu

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