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Stress strikes cytogenetics

By | November 14, 2008

Cellular stress during replication induces many small deletions and duplications in the genome, adding fuel for human diversity and disease, researchers reported today (Nov. 13) at the __American Society of Human Genetics__ linkurl:meeting;www.ashg.org/2008meeting/ in Philadelphia. Replication stress is known to be hazardous for the cell, and is thought to contribute to ageing and cancer. But exactly how stress causes DNA damage has remained unclear. Last year, a team led by linkurl:Thomas Glo

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Stressed postdoc attempts murder

By | November 14, 2008

Have you ever been so fed-up with colleagues at work that you considered poisoning them? Hopefully not, but at least one lab researcher can claim to have been stressed to the point of insanity. A postdoc in the urology department at the University of California, San Francisco, was arrested last week and charged this week for attempted murder, after he slipped a chemical buffering agent designed to control acid levels in lab solutions into a colleague's drink. The postdoc, Benchun Liu, admitted

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Expert advice on surviving $ mess

By | November 13, 2008

Build up cash reserves, don't over-cut in research and staff... These are some of the steps that can help life science companies get through the linkurl:current financial turbulence,;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55142/ according to an expert who has made a career out of linkurl:helping life science companies stay afloat.;http://www.the-scientist.com/2008/01/01/s48/1/ We're hearing a lot of linkurl:different prognoses;http://www.the-scientist.com/community/posts/list/233.page for th

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NIH research director steps down

By | November 13, 2008

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) deputy director for extramural research stepped down last month to take on a new post. Norka Ruiz Bravo, who had been in her position at the NIH for five years, vacated the role at the end of October and is now a special advisor to the NIH director (another position that linkurl:recently changed).;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55050/ For the meantime she will be replaced by Salley Rockey, who has been in the Office of Extramural Research f

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Skin microbes mapped

By | November 13, 2008

Beauty may be skin deep, but our body's outer coating has an ugly side, too: microbes. Researchers reported at the __American Society of Human Genetics__ linkurl:meeting;www.ashg.org/2008meeting/ in Philadelphia today (Nov. 13) that they have drawn up a head-to-toe map of the microorganisms crawling on our skin. "The skin is two square meters of ecosystems comprised of a variety of habitats and niches, and each of these habitats harbors its own microflora," said linkurl:Elizabeth Grice,;http:/

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Texas med center to lay off 3,800

By | November 13, 2008

A day after dedicating a new facility for linkurl:pathogen research,;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55166/ the University of Texas-Galveston Medical Branch in Galveston announced yesterday (November 13) it will lay off roughly one-third of its workforce because of financial woes caused by damage from Hurricane Ike, which hit the region in September. The majority of the 3,800 employees expected to be let go by mid-January will be hospital employees, not researchers, according to Matt

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New AIDS vaccine lab for NYC

By | November 12, 2008

The world's first independent laboratory devoted solely to the development of an linkurl:AIDS;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53516/ vaccine opens today (Nov. 12) in Brooklyn, New York. The new facility represents a new front in the effort to create an AIDS vaccine after recent, high profile clinical trial linkurl:failures;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54838/ of vaccine candidates. The linkurl:International AIDS Vaccine Initiative's;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/

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New autism loci discovered

By | November 12, 2008

Two large-scale genetic analyses have turned up a trio of new sites associated with autism, including a large-effect allele that seems to reduce the risk of developing the debilitating brain disorder, researchers reported today (Nov. 12) at the__ linkurl:American Society of Human Genetics__ meeting;http://www.ashg.org/2008meeting/ in Philadelphia. Last year, the Autism Genome Project Consortium performed the largest genome-wide linkage scan to date with around 10,000 SNPs in 1,181 families wit

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Invitrogen-ABI merger gets EU nod

By | November 11, 2008

Life science supply companies linkurl:Invitrogen Corp.;http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=61498&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1225184&highlight= and linkurl:Applied Biosystems Inc.;http://press.appliedbiosystems.com/corpcomm/applerapress.nsf/ABIDisplayPress/C40ECB8CD7236C56882574FE0064780C?OpenDocument&type=abi (ABI) announced today (Nov. 11) that their linkurl:impending merger;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55163/ has cleared its final regulatory hurdle, and that the joining of the

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Iowa biologist falsified figures

By | November 11, 2008

Former University of Iowa molecular biologist, Jusan Yang, falsified several figures in an unpublished manuscript and at two scientific meetings, the US Public Health Service's Office of Research Integrity (ORI) linkurl:reported;http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-014.html last week. Yang, a postdoc in linkurl:John Engelhardt's;http://elab.genetics.uiowa.edu/ lab from 1997-2002 and an assistant research scientist in linkurl:Curt Sigmund's;http://neuroscience.grad.uiowa.edu

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