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RNA in control

By | July 17, 2008

An ancient RNA molecule is the answer to a bacterial mystery, according to a study published in linkurl:Science;http://www.sciencemag.org/ tomorrow (July 18). Researchers have identified the binding molecule of a key messenger in bacteria, but to their surprise, the molecule was not a protein -- traditionally thought of as regulators of cellular processes -- but a unique RNA trigger. In the last six years, RNA triggers, called linkurl:riboswitches,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/1

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Story corps for scientists

By | July 17, 2008

Nobel prize-winning geneticist linkurl:Joshua Lederberg,;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54279/ liposome pioneer and essayist linkurl:Gerald Weissmann,;http://www.med.nyu.edu/medicine/rheumatology/about/details.html?au=weissg01&info=education Lasker Prize-winning microbiologist linkurl:Carol Greider;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/24797/ -- these are only a smattering of the scientists whose thoughts, reflections, and tribulations have been recorded in oral histories as part

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Unifying journal disclosure rules

By | July 17, 2008

A science watchdog group has created a model conflict of interest disclosure linkurl:policy;http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/20080711_a_common_standard_for_conflict_of_interest_disclosure__final_for_conference.pdf that it hopes will be widely accepted by the editors of scientific and medical journals. linkurl:The Center for Science in the Public Interest;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/24056/ (CSPI) unveiled the policy last week in advance of its linkurl:"Rejuvenating public sector science";

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Forced charges for open access?

By | July 16, 2008

A surprising linkurl:new open access policy;http://www.apa.org/journals/authors/pubmed-deposit.html issued this week by the American Psychological Association (APA) is being reconsidered and will not be implemented at this time, according to a statement by the publisher. In contrast to Nature Publishing Group's announcement last week that it was taking a step toward aiding open access, the APA announced this week that it will charge authors' institutions a $2500 fee for accepted manuscripts to

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Why do clinical science grants lag?

By | July 15, 2008

Applications for grants to fund clinical studies do not fare as well in the linkurl:National Institutes of Health's peer review process;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54735/ as do those for nonclinical studies, according to an NIH report released yesterday (July 14). The linkurl:report,;http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(08)00313-6/fulltext which was conducted by NIH's Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and appears in this month's edition of __The American Journal of Medicine_

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Grassley to APA: Open your books

By | July 14, 2008

Senator linkurl:Charles Grassley;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53381/ (R-IA), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued a stark warning to the American Psychiatric Association on Thursday (July 10): Clearly outline the pharmaceutical industry's financial influence on your workings or incur my wrath! Well, maybe Grassley didn't use those __exact__ words. "I have come to understand that money from the pharmaceutical industry can shape the practices of non-profit organiza

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Heart surgery pioneer dies

By | July 14, 2008

Michael E. DeBakey, heart surgeon, inventor, teacher, and research advocate, died late last Friday, July 11th, at the age of 99. DeBakey was "the greatest surgeon of the twentieth century," his colleague George Noon said in a linkurl:statement;http://www.methodisthealth.com/tmhs/newsItem.do?channelId=-1073829253&contentId=1073905926&contentType=NEWS_CONTENT_TYPE from Methodist Hospital in Houston, where he spent most of his career. During his 70 years as a surgeon, DeBakey performed over 60,

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Science on the silver screen

By | July 10, 2008

Festooned with jiggling eyeballs, threatening skeletons, and impaled floating heads, Feo Amante's horror thriller linkurl:website;http://www.feoamante.com/ seems an unlikely place to catch up on science. But sandwiched between the "Scary Top 10" and "Big Horror," movie and science buffs alike can check out "Science Moments," short critiques of the use, or lack thereof, of science in film. In 1998, Eddie "Feo Amante" McMullen Jr. started the website as a platform for struggling horror and thrill

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Stem cell prospects dim in NJ

By | July 9, 2008

Can a New Jersey initiative that aims to tap Wall Street money reinvigorate the state's once-ambitious plans for stem cell research? The stem cell research community once had high hopes that New Jersey would become the next California or New York. But in November of last year, the state linkurl:voted against;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53843/ a linkurl:referendum;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53836/ that would have boosted stem cell research funding by $450 million. N

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Structure hints at Ebola's cunning

By | July 9, 2008

Researchers have determined the crystal structure of the Ebola virus surface protein that binds host cells, they report online today in linkurl:Nature.;http://www.nature.com/nature/index.html The findings open the door to solving the long-standing mystery of the virus's mechanism of infection and designing drugs to combat the deadly hemorrhagic fever caused by linkurl:Ebola.;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/22846/ The paper is a "breakthrough," said linkurl:Lijun Rong,;http://www.

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