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Hwang back to research?

By | December 18, 2007

Hwang Woo-Suk, the disgraced South Korean stem cell scientist, is part of a research team in South Korea requesting permission to work on human embryonic stem cells, the Associated Press linkurl:reported;http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/12/17/asia/AS-GEN-SKorea-Hwang-Stem-Cell.php yesterday. Hwang was one of eight researchers from the Suam Biotechnology Institute, a lab he linkurl:founded;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/23737/ last year, who filed the request, an anonymous official

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Open access lives in NIH bill

By | December 18, 2007

A provision mandating public access to research published by NIH-funded scientists has survived in the linkurl:funding bill;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54025/ making its way through Congress this week. The provision was originally part of a funding bill that President George W. Bush linkurl:vetoed;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53858/ last month. It mandates that the NIH adopt a policy requiring agency-funded scientists to post their published research on the agency's p

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Bruce Alberts new Science chief

By | December 17, 2007

I just received a call from Science - the new editor in chief is Bruce Alberts. The journal made him the offer, and he accepted over the weekend. Alberts will assume his duties March 1. Current editor-in-chief Don Kennedy will remain in the position until then. AAAS spokesperson Ginger Pinholster said I was the first call she made with the news. Alberts was linkurl:one of many names;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53603/ that surfaced during the months of speculation over who woul

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Kessler out as UCSF dean

By | December 17, 2007

The University of California, San Francisco fired dean David Kessler on Thursday, after he refused a request to resign earlier in the year. In linkurl:announcements;http://pub.ucsf.edu/today/cache/news/200712144.html about the firing on Friday, Kessler and the university noted that he had raised questions about the school's finances, but that the university had denied there were any improprieties. In June, the school asked him to step down by January 1, but he refused. After his firing, Kessle

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Small raise for NIH, CDC budgets

By | December 17, 2007

The latest proposal for the 2008 budget for the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives the agencies a slight bump over last year's levels. Over the weekend, Congress prepared a new version of appropriations following President George Bush's linkurl:veto;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53858 of previous bill in November. This new bill includes $760 million less for NIH and $240 million less for CDC than the vetoed bill, according to linkur

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Another bump for Boston biolab

By | December 14, 2007

Plans for a Biosafety Level 4 containment linkurl:lab;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23468/ at Boston University hit another bump in the road yesterday (December 13), when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously that the state's environmental approval process for the project had been deeply flawed. The assessment echoed a recent National Research Council linkurl:review,;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53944/ which concluded last month that the NIH had al

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Cat trouble brewing

By | December 14, 2007

Allerca - the company that claims to breed and sell hypoallergenic cats - may have just exhausted at least one more of its nine lives. I learned this week that the company has skipped out on filing three years' worth of state taxes, and recently penalized a customer and told her they would refund her deposit because of linkurl:comments;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/52947/#comments she wrote on __The Scientist's__ website. The story begins with an linkurl:investigative feature;http:

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Fox Chase gets expansion OK

By | December 14, 2007

Following a linkurl:lengthy dispute;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53902/ with community residents, Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia got approval from the city council last night (December 13) on its master plan for an $800 million expansion. According to linkurl:Fox Chase's website,;http://www.fccc.edu/news/2007/IDD-12-14-07.html this is the first of two ordnances to get approval. The next step - and the point of contention with opponents - will be to get the council's approva

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NIH scientist terrorized?

By | December 14, 2007

Last week the Animal Liberation Front targeted an obstetrician/gynecologist who is funded by the National Institutes of Health and uses non-human primates in his research. The Associated Press linkurl:reported;http://www.kgw.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D8TCV7J03.html that Oregon Health & Science University researcher, linkurl:Miles Novy,;http://www.ohsu.edu/obgyn/novy/mncv.htm woke up last Thursday (Dec 6) to find one of his cars spray painted with the word "sadist" and another painted w

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Singapore loses star stem cell scientist

By | December 14, 2007

Despite billions of dollars invested by the Singapore government to turn the country into a global biomedical research hub, another prominent researcher is leaving, The Chronicle of Higher Education linkurl:reported;http://chronicle.com/news/article/3628/british-stem-cell-scientist-is-latest-prominent-researcher-to-leave-singapore yesterday. Alan Colman, who contributed to cloning Dolly the sheep, is abandoning his post as executive director of the Singapore Stem Cell Consortium. He is the thir

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