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Distinctions in prosthetic control

By | February 13, 2009

The popular press was a-buzz this week with reports of a technique that could allow an amputee to move her prosthetic arm with linkurl:her mind.;http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/11/health/research/11arm.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=todd%20kuiken&st=cse But in fact, the technology, developed by Todd Kuiken and his group at Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, doesn't attempt to read a patient's thoughts -- at least not directly. The type of control Kuiken's group is working on is one step removed. In a w

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Cuts in funding at Wellcome

By | February 12, 2009

Due to the tough times, the EU's largest biomedical research charity, the Wellcome Trust, has lost £2 billion in assets, and is therefore cutting its funding for grants by £30 million. Wellcome Trust's Gibbs BuildingIn linkurl:a statement,;http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/2009/News/WTX053144.htm the charity announced: "Over the next financial year we will commit around £590 million to support biomedical research in the UK and internationally, as compared to £620 million in 200

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HHMI picks student fellows

By | February 12, 2009

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has chosen nine students from disadvantaged backgrounds to receive a fellowship covering $44,000 per year to cover the cost of graduate school. The Gilliam fellowship, named after after James H. Gilliam, a former HHMI trustee who fostered diversity in science education, covers up to five years of a student's graduate training. HHMI draws applicants from former participants of its Exceptional Research Opportunities Program, in which undergrads spend a su

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NIH wins stimulus jackpot

By | February 12, 2009

The US Senate and House of Representatives have hammered out the differences between their versions of the economic recovery bill, to the tune of $10 billion for the National Institute of Health, according to early reports. This sum, which was approved in the Senate version of the bill earlier this week, includes $8.5 for research and $1.5 for rebuilding agency facilities, according to linkurl:ScienceInsider,;http://blogs.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2009/02/science-headed.html which stresses

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Blood cells filmed in formation

By | February 11, 2009

Researchers have helped resolve a long-standing debate about which precursors in the developing mammalian embryo give rise to blood cells, after tracking the birth of these cells using in-vivo imaging that lasts for days, according to linkurl:a report;http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v457/n7231/full/nature07760.html in this week's Nature. The study is one of a handful of papers to come out in recent months to examine the question of hematopoietic cell origin. "I would say the nice thing abo

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How to spend the NIH stimulus

By | February 11, 2009

Of all the federal government's science agencies, the National Institutes of Health looks to benefit most from the economic stimulus bill currently making its way through Congress. But how should the NIH spend the influx of cash that might be coming its way? linkurl:Steven Wiley,;http://www.sysbio.org/resources/staff/wiley.stm director of the Biomolecular Systems Initiative at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, told __The Scientist__ that the NIH must increase its grant payline, which has h

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NIH boost passed in Senate

By | February 10, 2009

The US Senate passed its version of the economic stimulus legislation today (Feb. 10), and life science has faired well, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). "For the science and engineering community, the two versions of the stimulus bill are a welcome acknowledgement that scientific research, often regarded as long-term and future-oriented, also has a role to play in short-term economic recovery," the AAAS wrote in an linkurl:analysis;http://www.aaas.or

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Pathogen lab lost infected mice

By | February 10, 2009

A New Jersey infectious disease lab seems to be plagued with an inability to keep track of research mice infected with dangerous pathogens. The facility, part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, seems to have misplaced two frozen carcasses of mice infected with bubonic plague last December, the linkurl:New Jersey Star Ledger;http://www.nj.com/starledger/stories/index.ssf?/base/news-12/123398465742360.xml&coll=1&thispage=2 reported this weekend. According to the facility,

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Security woes halt Army research

By | February 9, 2009

The army's top infectious disease institute suspended its biodefense research on Friday (February 6) after finding problems with its system for keeping track of the dangerous pathogen stocks found in its labs. The blog linkurl:ScienceInsider;http://blogs.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2009/02/us-army-lab-fre-1.html obtained an internal memo from the institute, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRID), informing employees it had begun an extensive inventory that

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Silenced genes drive viral cancers?

By | February 9, 2009

Epigenetic changes in certain viruses can make the difference between a simple infection and cancer, according to a new study published early online tomorrow (Feb 10th) in __Genome Research.__ linkurl:Stephan Beck,;http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cancer/research-groups/medical-genomics/ a medical genomicist at University College London who was not involved in the research, said he was "excited" by the findings, which identify "the correlation between cancer progression and methylation." Researchers have

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