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Obesity Drugs in Check

By | April 2, 2012

The FDA may require weight-loss drugs to undergo clinical trials to see if they pose a risk of heart attack.

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Big Money for Big Data

By | April 2, 2012

The Obama administration pledges $200 million for better ways of managing and extracting information from large data sets.

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Risky Research Review

By | March 30, 2012

A new policy will require federal agencies to perform a careful review of research involving 15 pathogens and toxins that could be used for bioterrorism, including H5N1.

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Pesticide Problems for Bees

By | March 30, 2012

Bees exposed to neonicotinoids, a widely-used class of pesticide, navigate poorly and produce fewer queens, suggesting a role for neonicotinoids in colony collapse.

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Failed Drugs Expose Preclinical Blunders

By | March 30, 2012

Once a promising cancer treatment, the failure of PARP inhibitors in the clinic may be due to flawed preclinical studies.

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More Scrutiny for Senior Scientists?

By | March 30, 2012

The NIH plans an extra layer of review for scientists with at least $1.5 million in existing grants.

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Insufficient Bird Flu Surveillance

By | March 29, 2012

Monitoring of bird flu outbreaks around the world is spotty, with most countries performing little in the way of genetic analysis.

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Disaster-centric Journal Launched

By | March 29, 2012

The open-access Public Library of Science has launched a new journal to publish and disseminate scientific information quickly in the wake of disaster.

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A Better Cancer Test

By | March 29, 2012

Researchers have identified a group of biomarkers that can detect recurring breast cancers earlier than existing tests.

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Courts Re-Examining Gene Patents

By | March 28, 2012

The US Supreme Court ordered patents held by Myriad Genetics to be reviewed further by the Federal Circuit Court.

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