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EU moves to unify science

By | October 6, 2009

Europe must invest more money and create better infrastructure to support science in order to remain globally competitive, said an independent panel of scientists advising the European Union in a linkurl:report;http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/1424&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en released today (October 6). Image: WikimediaThe group, called the European Research Area Board (ERAB), pointed out that Europe spends only 1% of its GDP on research, in compar

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2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine announced

By | October 5, 2009

The 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine will go to Elizabeth Blackburn, a biochemist at the University of California, San Francisco, Carol Greider, a geneticist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Jack Szostak, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School for their discovery of telomeres and telomerases, which have helped scientists understand how chromosomes are completely copied during cell division and protected against degradation. Please check back later today for full coverage of

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Nanoparticles spur stem cells?

By | October 5, 2009

Nanoparticles may prove effective tools for improving stem cell therapy, new research suggests. Chemical engineers have successfully used nanoparticles to enhance stem cells' ability to stimulate regeneration of damaged vascular tissue and reduce muscle degeneration in mice, they report in a study published online today (October 5) in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Stem cells Image: Wikipedia"This is an intriguing finding," said linkurl:Arnold Kriegstein,;http://bms.ucsf.edu/

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Telomere researchers win Nobel

By | October 5, 2009

A trio of researchers whose work on telomeres and telomerases has helped explain how chromosomes are copied during cell division will receive the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Their findings have advanced medical research in cancer, inherited diseases, and aging. Elizabeth Blackburn Image: Gerbil, Licensed byAttribution Share Alike 3.0 linkurl:Elizabeth Blackburn,;http://biochemistry.ucsf.edu/labs/blackburn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1&Itemid=3 a biochemist at th

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Fragile flu, siliciferous smallpox

By | October 2, 2009

A virus has a relatively easy time replicating itself. It's just a matter of hijacking a cell to generate the necessary components and in minutes, the capsid shell proteins self-assemble around a coil of viral genome. But for the glassblowers working with British artist linkurl:Luke Jerram;http://www.lukejerram.com/projects/glass_microbiology replicating a virus wasn't so easy.Luke Jerram holding his swineflu sculptureImage: The Wellcome Trust Jerram and his assistants created glass genomes, ca

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Pathogen-resistant mosquitoes?

By | October 1, 2009

A bacterium that infects insects may provide a biological method for stunting the spread of a range of devastating human diseases. The bacteria may protect their hosts against disease-causing pathogens by hiking up the insects' immune response, according to a study published online today (October 1) in Science. Image: Wikimedia commons, US Department of Agriculture"I think the paper is quite exciting," linkurl:Scott O'Neill;http://profiles.bacs.uq.edu.au/Scott.O%27Neill.html of the University

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PNAS butterfly flap heats up

By | October 1, 2009

The __Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences__ has halted the print publication of a controversial scientific paper, saying it's investigating the conditions under which it was ushered through peer review by a distinguished academy member who advocated for its inclusion in the journal. The linkurl:paper;http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2009/08/25/0908357106.abstract, written by University of Liverpool researcher linkurl:Donald Williamson,;http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/bios/williamso

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New president for EMBO

By | September 30, 2009

The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) announced today (September 30) linkurl:the appointment;http://www.embo.org/news/maria-leptin-appointed-next-director-of-embo.html of a new president: Maria Leptin, a developmental biologist at the University of Cologne, Germany. Maria LeptinImage: EMBOLeptin will be the first woman appointed to the position, and takes over from Herman Bujard, the director since 2007, who is stepping down to devote more time to his research on malaria and gen

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NIH recovery grants top $5 billion

By | September 30, 2009

Grants to be announced today (September 30) will bring the total amount of recovery act funding spent by the National Institutes of Health to more than $5 billion, top officials said this morning. The NIH has awarded 12,000 biomedical research grants since the the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was passed in February. An linkurl:analysis;http://www.aaas.org/spp/rd/ARRA/ published last week by the American Association for the Advancement of Science indicated that the NIH had awar

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Nobels ripe for overhaul?

By | September 30, 2009

The Nobel Prize system is dated and in desperate need of an overhaul, a group of top scientists and engineers said today (September 30) in a linkurl:letter;http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17863-open-letter-to-the-nobel-prize-committee.html?full=true&print=true to the Nobel Foundation. Alfred Nobel Image: Wikimedia Commons In their letter, addressed to the foundation's executive director, Michael Sohlman, the researchers recommend that the awards should be broadened to include advancements

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