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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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Signaling blocker halts bone growth

By | March 10, 2008

Inhibiting a key signaling pathway causes permanent damage to bones in young mice, researchers report in this week's issue of linkurl:__Cancer Cell.__;http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WWK-4S1BVT4-9&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=80258615088ab83976bfb4ac64c10eb7 The findings suggest that drugs targeting this pathway, under development for solid tumors, may have unexpected drawbacks if used in ch

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British MPs can opt out on embryo bill

By | March 7, 2008

Members of the British government will be able to abstain from voting on the controversial linkurl:Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill,;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/40757/ senior Labour MP, Geoff Hoon, announced today. The bill aims to update the regulation of embryo research and assisted reproduction in light of new attitudes and technological developments. The legislation will allow research using human-animal hybrid embryos, created by inserting animal cells or DNA into earl

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Can publishers and NIH make OA work?

By | March 7, 2008

The April 7 deadline is rapidly approaching for submitting all publications based on NIH-funded work to PubMed Central. But some publishers are still grumbling about how the NIH plans to implement the public access mandate, which was put in place in linkurl:January.;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54028/ linkurl:Last month,;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54372/ Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter asked NIH director Elias Zerhouni in a letter whether the NIH had adequately di

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Doctor double dip

By | March 7, 2008

__Editorial administrator Margaret Guthrie reports__ Who hasn't invoked the five second rule? After all, food that falls to the kitchen floor is still safe to eat, if you pick it up fast enough. Isn't it? linkurl:Paul Dawson,;http://www.clemson.edu/foodscience/dawson.htm of Clemson University's food science program, roots out the science behind such questions and in doing so has found a way to engage undergraduate students, teach them the rigors of scientific investigation, and even encourage so

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