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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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Elsevier expands biopharma base

By | March 11, 2008

Science and health publishing giant Elsevier has acquired Windhover Information Inc., a leading biotech and pharma business intelligence provider. linkurl:Windhover;http://www.windhover.com/dotcom/home.asp publishes several journals, such as __In Vivo__, __Start-up__ and __The Regulation Policy Market Access Report__, which cover health care marketplace trends, business strategy, industry deal making, and medical start-ups. Acquiring Windhover adds more than 100 journalists to Elsevier's staff

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Have your say about open access

By | March 11, 2008

The National Institutes of Health is seeking public comment on its new public access mandate, according to an linkurl:announcement;http://publicaccess.nih.gov/comments.htm the NIH posted Friday on their Web site. To submit your comment to the NIH click linkurl:here.;http://publicaccess.nih.gov/comments/comments.htm Some 50 commenters will be given five minutes each to present their comments at a meeting next Thursday (March 20) in Bethesda, Md. The NIH implemented a public access mandate in J

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Stem cell patents upheld

By | March 11, 2008

The US Patent and Trademark Office has upheld the two remaining stem cell patents out of a contested trio held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), according to the final ruling posted last week by the USPTO. The third patent was upheld in a ruling last month (read more linkurl:here);http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54389/ and can still be challenged by appeal. Last week's rulings are final and cannot be appealed. "The patent office has conducted a thoughtful and thoro

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'Lab-made' gamete ban to be lifted in UK?

By | March 10, 2008

The British government said yesterday it is considering lifting a ban that prevents babies from being conceived using sperm and eggs derived from stem cells. Currently, gametes derived from stem cells are used for medical research, but British law imposes a blanket ban on their use in assisted reproduction. Following pressure from MPs to relax the ban, the Department of Health has agreed it will "look further into this matter," according to the linkurl:Associated Press.;http://www.iht.com/arti

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A dozen NIH labs to close?

By | March 10, 2008

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) will likely close 12 intramural labs, Science linkurl:reported;http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/319/5868/1324a last Friday. The NICHD may close the labs as part of $15 million in savings, according to Emails sent to Science and circulated to employees. Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy director of intramural research, said that this isn't the first time the intramural research program has been downsized, and that NIC

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HHMI unveils early career appointments

By | March 10, 2008

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is opening a $300 million linkurl:competition;http://www.hhmi.org/news/earlycareer20080310.html today for early career scientists. As many as 70 scientists will receive six year, non-renewable appointments with HHMI. The competition is open to tenured or tenure-track researchers between the second and sixth year of their appointment. Applicants are required to submit an intention to apply letter by April 30, 2008, and send in a completed application by

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