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Peer review dig denied by court

By | March 17, 2008

A federal judge in Chicago last Friday denied Pfizer's efforts to obtain confidential linkurl:peer review;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/23061/ documents related to two of its drugs from the New England Journal of Medicine, stating that any benefits of disclosing the subpoenaed documents would be "outweighed by the burden and harm that would result" to the journal. In January, Pfizer filed a linkurl:motion;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54368/ to force the NEJM to hand

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EPA cutbacks hurt science: Congress

By | March 14, 2008

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) linkurl:closure;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/27334/ of several of its research libraries is flawed, unjustified and is depriving academics, government employees, and the public of crucial environmental data, according to a Congressional report released yesterday (Mar. 13). Of the EPA's 26 libraries, six libraries have changed their hours of operation, and four others have been shut since 2006. These include its Office of Environmental Inf

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Senate approves NIH increases

By | March 14, 2008

The US Senate voted two amendments into the current version of the 2009 budget blueprint yesterday that increase NIH funding by $2.1 billion. This increase in addition to the $950 million the House voted into the resolution last week, bringing the grand total to $3 billion in additional funding. These increases to the $29.5 billion that the White House linkurl:proposed;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54277/ on February fourth, would bring NIH funding in line with inflation rates, accor

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Sex, bugs, and videotape

By | March 13, 2008

Though linkurl:bacteria;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/14283/ usually reproduce asexually, they do occasionally yield to baser desires and have sex; or at least they linkurl:exchange DNA;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/14361/ through a sex-like process known as conjugation, or linkurl:horizontal transfer.;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/22780/ For the first time, scientists have filmed Escherichia coli in the act. The videos — linkurl:published;http:

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Teen's cancer study wins Intel prize

By | March 13, 2008

A 17-year-old high school student from North Carolina has won the 2008 linkurl:Intel Science Talent Search;http://www.intel.com/education/sts/index.htm for developing a genetic method that predicts the likelihood of relapse in early-stage colon cancer patients. Intel linkurl:awarded;http://www.intel.com/education/sts/2008winners.htm Shivani Sud a $100,000 college scholarship for her work in labs at Temple University and the National Cancer Institute. Sud has been pursuing her interest in cancer

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You say tomato, I say retrotransposon

By | March 13, 2008

The oblong shape of some tomatoes arose from a gene duplication caused by a selfish genetic element, according to a linkurl:study;http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/319/5869/1527 published today in Science. Before tomatoes were linkurl:cultivated;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/54040/ and grown around the world, wild tomatoes were a little-known, small, round South American fruit. But go down to the market today and you'll find juicy, ripe tomatoes of all shapes and si

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Biosafety lab sued by watchdog

By | March 12, 2008

A nuclear watchdog group filed a federal lawsuit on Monday (March 10) to suspend work at a Biosafety Level 3 lab at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which opened to little fanfare earlier this year and conducts research on pathogens such as Ebola, anthrax and Q fever. The suit, filed by linkurl:Tri-Valley CAREs,;http://www.trivalleycares.org/pressRelease/prmar08.asp a Livermore-based community group that monitors nuclear weapons and environmental cleanup activities locally and nation

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Master protein for tumor growth

By | March 12, 2008

Researchers have identified a master protein that regulates some 1,000 genes controlling for tumor growth and metastasis in breast cancer, according to a linkurl:paper;http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v452/n7184/abs/nature06781.html published today in Nature. The researchers, led by linkurl:Terumi Kohwi-Shigematsu;http://www.lbl.gov/lifesciences/labs/kohwi-shigematsu_lab.html at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, stumbled upon SATB1's heightened expression while screening aggressive hum

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New UK animal disease lab?

By | March 12, 2008

The "shabby and dilapidated" animal disease research laboratory in Pilbright, UK — the site of last summer's linkurl:foot-and-mouth disease;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53579/ leak — must be replaced by a new, expanded research center for infectious human and animal diseases, an official report said yesterday. The independent inquiry into last summer's outbreak in southeast England said that a "creeping degradation of standards" at the government-funded linkurl:Institut

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We can eradicate malaria: report

By | March 12, 2008

Wiping out linkurl:malaria;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/36878/ in much of sub-Saharan linkurl:Africa;http://www.the-scientist.com/2006/6/1/44/1/ is an attainable goal that can be reached with targeted and consistent intervention, according to linkurl:research;http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0001767 published today (Mar. 12) in __PLoS ONE__. (__UPDATE__: A link to the study has been added.) Scientists mathematically modeling the spread of malari

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