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US Research Fleet Bottoming Out

By | June 12, 2013

Without major investment, the federal oceanographic fleet will shrink to a third of its current size over the next 20 years.

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The Solution to Medical Isotope Shortages?

By | June 11, 2013

A Canadian lab demonstrates upgrades to hospital cyclotrons that can yield enough diagnostic tracer element overnight to meet an entire city’s daily needs.

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Dog Disease Threatens Tigers

By | June 11, 2013

Wildlife veterinarians plan to track the canine distemper virus in Indonesia.

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FDA Considers Easing Controls on Diabetes Drug

By | June 11, 2013

A panel of advisors says that the agency should loosen restrictions on the sale of a diabetes drug with a spotty clinical safety record.  

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US watchdog suspends plans to discipline researchers who failed to disclose the full risks of an experimental trial conducted with premature infants.

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Global Alliance to Share Genomic Data

By | June 10, 2013

Leading medical and research centers around the world announce a plan to share massive amounts of genetic and clinical information.

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Defending Science Communication

By | June 10, 2013

Following criticism of a National Cancer Institute communications office budget, biologists defend the spending.

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Opioid Receptors Implicated in PTSD

By | June 7, 2013

A compound that targets a particular opioid receptor in the amygdala reduces the formation of PTSD-like systems in mice subjected to severe trauma.

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Why Many Birds Don’t Have Penises

By | June 7, 2013

In avian species, a gene induces programmed cell death during development in the area where a phallus would otherwise grow.

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Week in Review: June 3–7

By | June 7, 2013

Crowdsourcing biomedical research; bird flu contagion?; zebrafish shed light on inherited muscle disorder; the economics of the Human Genome Project; the epigenetics of pair bonding

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