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Student fudged immunology data

By | August 21, 2009

A former graduate student studying the link between immune function and symptoms of high cholesterol at the linkurl:Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport;http://www.sh.lsuhsc.edu/index.html fudged data in three published papers and one manuscript under review, according to linkurl:a report by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI).;http://ori.hhs.gov/misconduct/cases/Wolfort_Ryan.shtml Image: Wikimedia commonsRyan Wolfort admitted to "fabricating tabulations and the assoc

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Battle of the nostrils?

By | August 20, 2009

When the nostrils sense different smells, they may be duking it out for the brain's attention, according to a study published online today (August 20) in Current Biology. Such rivalry, well-documented in other sensory systems, has never before been shown for the olfactory system. Image: Flickr/linkurl: tuexperto_com3;http://www.flickr.com/photos/21626156@N02/2509246163/ "It's an interesting study," said linkurl:Jay Gottfried,;http://www.northwestern.edu/cnadc/gottfried/people.html a neuroscie

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Building better bacteria

By | August 20, 2009

Researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute have developed a technique for generating modified strains of bacteria with novel, genetically engineered properties, they report online today (August 20) in Science. The advance could help scientists tweak microorganisms to more efficiently produce biofuels, the researchers say. Modified M. Mycoides Image: The J. Craig Venter Institute "I think it's an important and interesting advance," said linkurl:James Collins,;http://www.bu.edu/abl/ a bioen

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Human stem cell trial on hold

By | August 20, 2009

The linkurl:Geron Corporation;http://www.geron.com/ linkurl:announced on Tuesday;http://www.geron.com/media/pressview.aspx?id=1187 (August 18) that its stem cell study of spinal cord injury -- the first-ever clinical trial using human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-based therapy -- has been put on hold by the linkurl:US Food and Drug Administration;http://www.fda.gov/ (FDA) pending the review of some newly submitted animal data. Human embryonic stem cellsImage: Wikimedia commons, Nissim Benvenisty

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Virus benefits insect hosts

By | August 20, 2009

Bacteria-infecting viruses, generally thought to be harmful to their hosts, can also be surprisingly beneficial. A pea aphid Image: WikipediaA bacteriophage infecting a bacterium living in the cells and body cavity of a small, plant-eating insect protects the insect from attack by a deadly wasp predator, reports a study published online in Science today (August 20). The discovery may help create more effective methods of pest control, the authors say. "This is a wonderful paper," linkurl:Chr

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Antioxidants help cancer cells?

By | August 19, 2009

Antioxidants, often credited with an ability to protect cells from the damage that makes them turn cancerous, may actually help cancerous cells survive, says linkurl:a study;http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature08268.html published online in Nature today (August 19). Multiplying tumor cells Image: Wikipedia"The study was certainly intriguing, but how generally applicable the results are remains to be seen," linkurl:Harold Seifried;http://prevention.cancer.gov/program

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Conference kerfuffle hits scientists

By | August 19, 2009

Confusion over an upcoming cardiology conference in Shanghai has forced registered scientists and clinicians to fight for reimbursements, including one who faced more than $2000 in spurious credit card charges he suspects are related to the conference. Image: Wikimedia Commons"This is the strangest thing that I've ever been involved in -- it's very weird," said linkurl:C. Richard Conti,;http://www.medicine.ufl.edu/cardio/cr_conti.asp a professor of cardiology at the University of Florida and ed

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Controlling proteins with light

By | August 19, 2009

Researchers have devised a way to control cell movement using flashes of blue light and have used the technique to uncover the function of a protein crucial to cell motility, they report online in linkurl:__Nature__;http://www.nature.com/ today (August 19th). "This is going to promote studies of cellular behavior and even of organismal behavior," linkurl:Keith Moffat,;http://moffat.bsd.uchicago.edu/index3.html?content=people.html a University of Chicago biophysicist who was not involved with th

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Pensions for postdocs

By | August 19, 2009

Postdocs funded by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) will soon have a better way to save for retirement. The organization this month announced the creation of an internationally portable pension plan for the 400 or so recipients of linkurl:EMBO postdoc fellowships.;http://www.embo.org/news/embo-pioneers-pension-plan-for-internationally-mobile-post-doctoral-researchers.html Image: Wikimedia CommonsIn most European countries, scientists can pay part of their salaries into a cou

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Collins prepares for budget battle

By | August 17, 2009

Francis Collins, the new director of the National Institutes of Health, said today (17th August) that making sure the NIH's newly-invigorated budget does not "drop off a cliff" once $10 billion in stimulus funding expires at the end of 2010 will be his top priority as he takes the reins of the biomedical research agency. "FY '11 battles are going to be tough," Collins said. "This is the [issue] that wakes me up in the middle of the night." After being officially sworn in as the NIH's 16th dire

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