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PubMed up for public service award

By | June 23, 2008

The director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) was chosen as a finalist last week (June 18) to receive a national public service award for developing PubMed Central. "I think it's a recognition of the value of PubMed Central," linkurl:David Lipman,;http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/CBBresearch/Lipman/ who launched PubMed Central in 2000, told The Scientist. "For that, I'm really thrilled." The award, called the Service to America Citizen Services Medal, has been presented

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UK psychiatrist suspended for plagiarism

By | June 23, 2008

One of Great Britain's most media savvy psychiatrists, who confessed to linkurl:plagiarizing;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54641/ other authors in articles he wrote in newspapers and medical journals, has been suspended from practicing psychiatry for three months. The UK's linkurl:General Medical Council;http://www.gmc-uk.org/ (GMC) suspended linkurl:Raj Persaud,;http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7457091.stm a frequent commentator on British television and linkurl:radio shows,;http:

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Anthony Pawson wins Kyoto Prize

By | June 20, 2008

A microbiologist who changed science's understanding of cell linkurl:signal transduction;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/17076/ and linkurl:protein structure;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15800/ has won the 2008 Kyoto Prize in linkurl:Basic Science.;http://www.kyotoprize.org/ linkurl:Anthony Pawson,;http://pawsonlab.mshri.on.ca/ a British-born scientist who now lives and works in Canada, received the award for "his proposal and proof of the concept of adapter molecul

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Invitrogen starts AB integration

By | June 20, 2008

Biotech tools company Invitrogen has appointed a team charged with integrating the company's operations with those of Applied Biosystems (AB), another biotech tools company, which Invitrogen linkurl:acquired last week;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54747/ in a deal valued at a whopping $6.7 billion. The announcement, made today (June 20) in a linkurl:press release,;http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=61498&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1168183&highlight= marks the first step in the

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NIH boost moves forward

By | June 20, 2008

The NIH is a step closer to getting a $150 million boost by September. Last night (June 19) the House of Representatives passed a supplementary 2008 appropriations bill that includes a hefty chunk to the agency. Of $400 million that the Senate snuck into a bill linkurl:last month;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54650/ intended to support the Iraq war and disaster relief, $150 million will now go to the NIH, The Chronicle of Higher Education linkurl:reported.;http://chronicle.com/news/

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Boost for NSF funding

By | June 19, 2008

The US Senate and House of Representatives have approved a 14 percent funding increase for the National Science Foundation (NSF) for 2009. A Senate appropriations subcommittee approved the measure yesterday (Jun 18), and a House subcommittee passed the bill last week. The bill will now move to the Senate floor for a vote, which has not yet been scheduled. The spending bill would net NSF, which is the second largest federal funder of academic research after the National Institutes of Health (NI

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Molecular biologist Gunther Stent dies

By | June 19, 2008

Gunther Siegmund Stent, whose work on bacteriophages helped establish the foundations of molecular biology, died on June 12 of pneumonia. "He was a very remarkable guy. It's hard for any one person to get a full appreciation of what he's done because his interests were so broad," said David Weisblat a molecular and cell biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and a postdoc with Stent in the late 1970s. Over the course of his life, Stent studied molecular biology, neurobiology, dev

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New role for supporting brain cells

By | June 19, 2008

Glial cells, long thought to be supporting actors to neurons, play a crucial role of their own in regulating neuronal activity, according to a study published in Science this week. The study's results suggest that glial cells provide the link between neurons and the vasculature in the brain and central nervous system, and posit that the nervous system is controlled in a more complex manner than previously thought. "For a hundred years, we have known that glia existed," said linkurl:Mriganka Su

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Growing a backbone

By | June 18, 2008

Researchers have discovered a conserved mechanism among vertebrates that determines body segment number, according to a study published online in Nature today (June 18). The number of body segments an organism has varies greatly between species: our vertebrae, a measly thirty-three in number, hardly stack up to the 300-plus in our slithering co-vertebrates. But anatomists and embryologists have puzzled over a mechanism to explain the difference. "If you were to ask most biologists w

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Billions for biotech

By | June 17, 2008

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley announced his proposal to invest $1.1 billion in biotech industry, which could trump the $1 billion already signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Monday (June 16). Now the race for the biggest biotech hub on the east coast begins in earnest. Maryland's proposal, which O'Malley discussed during a visit to Johns Hopkins University yesterday, would allot funds for a biotechnology center, start-up companies, and $20 million annually for stem cell resea

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