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Giuseppe Attardi dies

By | April 10, 2008

linkurl:Giuseppe Attardi,;http://biology.caltech.edu/Members/Attardi the California Institute of Technology researcher who identified all the genes in human mtDNA and uncovered the mitochondrial genome's role in degenerative diseases and linkurl:aging,;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23324/ died Saturday (Apr 5), linkurl:according;http://mr.caltech.edu/media/Press_Releases/PR13125.html to the university. He was 84 years old. Caltech said that Attardi died at his Altadena, CA home but

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Security risks at NIH?

By | April 10, 2008

The National Institutes of Health this week warned its employees that Apple Macintosh laptops cannot be encrypted using the agency's software, leaving unprotected sensitive data such as personal information (including linkurl:social security numbers);http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/09/AR2008040903680.html from thousands of clinical trial participants. In February, a laptop containing the unencrypted personal information from more than 3,000 patients participating in

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Takeda acquires Millennium

By | April 10, 2008

When I profiled Millennium Pharmaceuticals' chief scientific officer, Joe Bolen, in last month's issue of __The Scientist,__ he described some amusing airport foibles that had taken place during a linkurl:recent trip to Japan.;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/54340/ Now the whole company is going to Japan - at least on paper. Today, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, one of the first genomics companies in the US, was linkurl:acquired;http://investor.millennium.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=80159&p=ir

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Visa woe pushes scientist out of US

By | April 10, 2008

Last August, I reported on Mohammad Sajid, a UK citizen who was barred from returning to the US pending several months of linkurl:background checks;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53418/ - twice. On Monday I got an e-mail from Sajid saying he is leaving his lab in the US, where he works on anti-malarial drugs, to take a job at Leiden University in the Netherlands. "It's been a really tough choice," Sajid said. "The main reason is the travel. It's as simple as that." When I last spo

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1st cancer vaccine approved in Russia

By | April 9, 2008

A New York-based biotech company announced today (April 8) that it has received approval for the first linkurl:therapeutic cancer vaccine;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/18859/ -- in Russia. It is the first approval by a regulatory body of a cancer immunotherapy. The therapy's approval in Russia won't in itself boost its chances for approval in the US or the EU, or improve the prospects of other cancer vaccines that are in the biotech pipeline, Ren Benjamin, senior biotech analyst

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Ge-what-ics?: Nation's teenagers

By | April 9, 2008

A significant portion of American high schoolers have seriously flawed ideas about genetics, according to a linkurl:study;http://www.genetics.org/cgi/content/abstract/178/3/1157 conducted by the country's largest society for genetics professionals. The study, which was published in this month's issue of __Genetics__, contained some fallacy-ridden quotations from the student essays. Here are some of the notable examples: "When people who cannot have children and want their own from their own bl

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Hybrid embryos challenged

By | April 9, 2008

Two Christian groups launched legal action today (Apr. 9) challenging licenses granted to UK scientists to create human-animal hybrid embryos for research purposes, according to the linkurl:The Press Association.;http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5in0LcrQJp4_o18yGsYuhTXWyasiQ In January, the linkurl:Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53564/ (HFEA), Britain's oversight body for stem cell research, awarded licenses to research groups at New

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Science unemployment down: NSF

By | April 9, 2008

The supply of scientists and engineers continues to grow in the US, and that unemployment rate, at 2.5 percent, is the lowest it's been since the early 1990s, the National Science Foundation linkurl:reported;http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=111369&govDel=USNSF_51 last week. There's no need to worry about the US's ability to fill science jobs, the agency said in a press release which described a recent analysis of its 2006 science and engineering surveys. Not everyone ag

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Stem cell rx wins another horse race

By | April 8, 2008

This report in from Editorial Administrator and journalist Margaret Guthrie: Earlier this year, we linkurl:reported on a company;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/54215/ called Vet-Stem which has devised a treatment for horses using the animal's own stem cells to heal tendon and ligament injuries. In some cases it's been an unqualified success. One of those successes was part of our story - a big gray gelding named Greg's Gold. When we posted the story online, Greg's

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Neuroscience peer-review posse grows

By | April 7, 2008

Nature Neuroscience is joining an alliance of journals that share manuscript peer-reviews, according to the journal's April linkurl:editorial.;http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v11/n4/full/nn0408-375.html The linkurl:Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium;http://nprc.incf.org/ (NPRC) is a group of linkurl:neuroscience;http://www.the-scientist.com/2007/8/1/60/1/ journals that have agreed to accept reviews from other members of the Consortium in an effort to accelerate and improve the efficiency o

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