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Critics rip Cell paper

By | November 25, 2008

Improper citation, disregard for antecedent research, and shoddy experimentation - those are just a few of the allegations levied against a recent research paper written by a team of Stanford University scientists. One of the paper's chief critics, University of Cambridge biologist linkurl:Peter Lawrence,;http://www.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/PAL/ says that the problems with the publication exemplify a broader problem in scientific publishing. "There's a pressure on scientists to publish in these top j

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Even Gates feels the pinch

By | November 25, 2008

As the global economy continues to linkurl:falter;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54816/ -- taking funding opportunities and linkurl:life science companies;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55089/ with it -- even the mighty Bill Gates is tightening his belt. __The Wall Street Journal__ linkurl:reported;http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122758023670855613.html yesterday (Nov. 24) that The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which linkurl:funds;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/

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Health research call to action?

By | November 21, 2008

Ministers from more than 60 developing world nations called for urgent action to improve health research this week, although it's unclear what on-the-ground changes will actually be made. Governments should invest 2% of their linkurl:health budgets;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54025/ on research and engage further with the private sector, the ministers said at the closing event of the three-day__ linkurl:Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health;http://www.bamako2008.org/

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PhDs (People Having Dance-offs)

By | November 21, 2008

They twirled and tangoed, somersaulted and flipped. Some interpreted their science through linkurl:hula-hoops;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Va4zcGyYs0 set ablaze, while linkurl:others;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zCBcghQ1rA used the beats of Notorious B.I.G. to guide their rhythmic undulations, pipette in hand. The American Association for the Advancement of Science crowned its newest linkurl:Dance Your PhD;http://gonzolabs.org/dance/ champs yesterday (Nov 20.): two graduate students, a po

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Science orgs. praise HHS pick

By | November 20, 2008

Scientific trade groups organizations seem quite pleased with the appointment of former Senator linkurl:Tom Daschle;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55206/ to the position of Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. But Daschle is not without potential conflicts of interest that might limit his participation in key decisions at the agency. "It's a perfect appointment in that Tom knows the Department inside and out," said linkurl:John Porter,;http://www.the-scientist.co

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1st ever retraction for JEB

By | November 19, 2008

The __Journal of Experimental Biology__ (JEB) has issued the first retraction in its 85 year history, the journal reported in an linkurl:editorial;http://jeb.biologists.org/cgi/content/full/211/23/3651 and a linkurl:retraction;http://jeb.biologists.org/cgi/content/full/211/23/3764 notice in its December 1 issue. Although the authors' institution told JEB their reuse of images was a careless error, the journal's editor-in-chief called it a case of outright fraud. The linkurl:retracted paper;http

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Ancient eyes head for the light

By | November 19, 2008

Simple communication between a pair of neighboring cells allows tiny marine worms to move toward light using a sensory organ believed to be an ancient precursor of the eye, according to a study out this week in Nature. "It's remarkable that a primitive organism of the ocean, a living marine zooplankton, has the sophisticated ability to move in response to light with a pigment-photoreceptor cell combination," linkurl:Russell Fernald,;http://www.stanford.edu/group/fernaldlab/index.shtml an evolu

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Bladder-builder welcomes windpipe

By | November 19, 2008

It's a big day in the consumer media, abuzz with the news that doctors linkurl:engineered a windpipe;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/daily/53878/ for a 30-year-old woman using her own stem cells, but at the offices of linkurl:Tengion,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/daily/53878/ a Pennsylvania biotech currently building bladders using patient cells, it's just business as usual. This news "confirms what we know," said Gary Sender, chief financial officer at Tengion. "We know we are in

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Daschle to lead HHS

By | November 19, 2008

Former Senator Tom Daschle has accepted the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services, according to anonymous sources in the Democratic Party. Officials told the linkurl:Associated Press today;http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081119/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_health_daschle;_ylt=ArFmLtW30WaWP4EF3xoHK6sDW7oF (November 19) that Daschle has the job once his background check is complete, although no formal announcement has been made. linkurl:Speculation has been rampant;http://www.the-scientist.com

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Pharma, UK cut drug cost deal

By | November 19, 2008

The British government and the pharmaceutical industry have struck a deal to allow flexible drug pricing arrangements, a scheme which could shave millions of pounds off the total amount that the government-funded National Health Service (NHS) pays for drugs, according to the linkurl:BBC.;http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7737027.stm Under the agreement, companies can introduce new drugs to the NHS formulary at lower initial prices, with the option of charging more if the meds prove effective. T

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