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Not-So-Informed Consent

By | June 21, 2012

Growing databanks are invaluable to biomedical researchers, but patients are often unaware of what their information is used for.


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Ornithologists Want Windmill Research

By | June 21, 2012

Researchers call for access to more data from energy companies to find strategies that will limit bird and bat deaths from wind turbines.

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“Extinct” Toad Rediscovered

By | June 21, 2012

A yellow-bellied dwarf toad, last sighted in 1876, is rediscovered in Sri Lanka.


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A Plea to the FDA

By | June 21, 2012

Protesters crash the BIO conference to protest the delayed approval of a breast cancer drug.


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New FDA Review Process Debated

By | June 20, 2012

Industry experts discuss the agency’s plans to make the drug approval process more transparent.


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Cannabis Catch-All?

By | June 20, 2012

Researchers in the U.K. are looking to breed marijuana to make medicines for metabolic disorders, epilepsy, and other diseases.


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Resveratrol May Not Extend Life

By | June 20, 2012

A new meta-analysis finds that resveratrol, currently marketed as a life-extending health supplement, may have a negligible effect on lifespan in humans.


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Gene Patents Back in Court

By | June 19, 2012

A public interest legal group has renewed the fight against DNA patenting.


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UK Gov’t Supports Open Access Plan

By | June 19, 2012

The UK government releases its recommendation that open access be “the main vehicle for the publication of research,” though it warns of the costs that could entail.


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Defense Facility Still Too Risky

By | June 18, 2012

A second risk assessment of a proposed bio-defense laboratory shows major improvement, but still has serious flaws, according to an independent review panel.


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