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Lederberg: A thoughtful visionary

By | February 6, 2008

As a young lab leader at the University of Wisconsin in the 1950s, Joshua Lederberg and his first wife linkurl:Esther,;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/37394/ a microbiologist, would invite lab members to their home once a week to discuss significant recent advances in microbial genetics. Lederberg would sit silently on the floor, listening, recalled Gaylen Bradley, who was a postdoc in Lederberg's lab between 1954 and 1956. "Josh would listen, and then at the end make some sort of sen

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Shot in the arm for UK funding

By | February 6, 2008

The Wellcome Trust, the UK's largest independent funder of biomedical research, linkurl:announced;http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/doc_WTX043044.html yesterday (Feb 5) that it will increase its spending from about £2.5 billion (roughly 4.9 billion USD) over the last five years to about £4 billion (roughly 7.8 billion USD) over the next five years. The trust said that it will put more money towards large-scale genetic studies, neuroscience research, and new technologies and facilities such

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UCLA monkey researcher targeted again

By | February 6, 2008

A fire was set at the home of a University of California, Los Angeles, neuroscientist targeted by animal rights activists in the past. The fire was caused by a device left on the house's front porch on Tuesday (Feb. 5), FBI officials told the linkurl:__Los Angeles Times__.;http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-vandal6feb06,0,1716596.story No one was home at the time the device ignited, and no one was hurt in the fire. UCLA addiction researcher Edythe London owns the house, which was linkurl:

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Cat designer declares war

By | February 5, 2008

The less-than-reputable entrepreneur at the helm of a company peddling hypo-allergenic cats is under scrutiny again -- this time for fraudulent "designer cats." But now he's taking the offensive by making allegations against journalists who have covered his company. In January of last year, The Scientist staff writer Kerry Grens investigated a company called Allerca that claimed to have created the world's first hypoallergenic cat. Grens uncovered a string of shady dealings and questionable

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How free radicals make us old

By | February 5, 2008

Free radicals are often blamed for causing cellular damage that promotes aging. A new study published today in linkurl:__Cell Metabolism__;http://www.cellmetabolism.org/content/article/abstract?uid=PIIS1550413107003683 suggests that they don't wreak cellular havoc, but plug into specific signaling pathways involved in linkurl:aging.;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/home/52925/ Gaelle Laurent at the Curie Institute in Paris and colleagues created knockout mice missing gene that protects cells

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One more source to shape your vote

By | February 5, 2008

Still undecided about who to vote for in today's linkurl:Super Tuesday;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54278/ election? Here's another source from Research!America and its partners called "Your Candidates-Your Health." The site, which has linkurl:already polled;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53483/ the public and elected representatives about their attitudes towards research and healthcare, has now invited every presidential candidate to weigh in on key ques

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UK eases proposed stem cell rules

By | February 5, 2008

In response to a petition from researchers, the UK government has backed down on linkurl:restrictions;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54198/ to stem cell research proposed in a new bill. The revision of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, currently being debated in Parliament, stipulates that tissue donors must give explicit consent for use of their cells in embryonic stem cell research. But objections from scientists, including a linkurl:letter;http://www.timesonline.co

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Bush's budget cuts life science dollars

By | February 4, 2008

In his FY 2009 linkurl:budget,;http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2009/ released this morning, President George W. Bush calls to freeze the National Institutes of Health's budget at linkurl:last year's level;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54032/ of about $29 billion while shaving more than $370 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2008 budget. The president's budget also suggests decreasing research funding at the US Department of Agriculture by more than

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Joshua Lederberg dies

By | February 4, 2008

Joshua Lederberg, Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist who shaped the field of bacterial genetics, and served as chair of The Scientist's advisory board since 1986, died on Saturday (February 2). He was 82. Lederberg shared a linkurl:Nobel Prize;http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1958/index.html in physiology and medicine in 1958 for the discovery that certain strains of bacteria reproduce by mating, thereby exchanging their genetic material. This overturned the idea held

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Varmus votes - how will you?

By | February 4, 2008

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday, so who are you going to vote for? Yesterday, Harold Varmus, president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, told Wired that he linkurl:plans to cast his ballot;http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/02/harold-varmus-e.html for Senator Barack Obama on Tuesday, February 5. Obama represents "a new kind of leader, one without ties to a divisive past and one who portrays through his personal history a global perspective that is both crucial and unprec

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