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Boost for NSF funding

By | June 19, 2008

The US Senate and House of Representatives have approved a 14 percent funding increase for the National Science Foundation (NSF) for 2009. A Senate appropriations subcommittee approved the measure yesterday (Jun 18), and a House subcommittee passed the bill last week. The bill will now move to the Senate floor for a vote, which has not yet been scheduled. The spending bill would net NSF, which is the second largest federal funder of academic research after the National Institutes of Health (NI

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Molecular biologist Gunther Stent dies

By | June 19, 2008

Gunther Siegmund Stent, whose work on bacteriophages helped establish the foundations of molecular biology, died on June 12 of pneumonia. "He was a very remarkable guy. It's hard for any one person to get a full appreciation of what he's done because his interests were so broad," said David Weisblat a molecular and cell biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and a postdoc with Stent in the late 1970s. Over the course of his life, Stent studied molecular biology, neurobiology, dev

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New role for supporting brain cells

By | June 19, 2008

Glial cells, long thought to be supporting actors to neurons, play a crucial role of their own in regulating neuronal activity, according to a study published in Science this week. The study's results suggest that glial cells provide the link between neurons and the vasculature in the brain and central nervous system, and posit that the nervous system is controlled in a more complex manner than previously thought. "For a hundred years, we have known that glia existed," said linkurl:Mriganka Su

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Growing a backbone

By | June 18, 2008

Researchers have discovered a conserved mechanism among vertebrates that determines body segment number, according to a study published online in Nature today (June 18). The number of body segments an organism has varies greatly between species: our vertebrae, a measly thirty-three in number, hardly stack up to the 300-plus in our slithering co-vertebrates. But anatomists and embryologists have puzzled over a mechanism to explain the difference. "If you were to ask most biologists w

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Billions for biotech

By | June 17, 2008

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley announced his proposal to invest $1.1 billion in biotech industry, which could trump the $1 billion already signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Monday (June 16). Now the race for the biggest biotech hub on the east coast begins in earnest. Maryland's proposal, which O'Malley discussed during a visit to Johns Hopkins University yesterday, would allot funds for a biotechnology center, start-up companies, and $20 million annually for stem cell resea

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Revise HIPAA: Health researchers

By | June 17, 2008

A rule meant to protect the privacy of medical patients impedes critical health research by limiting access to stored tissue and genetic datasets and by hampering research participant recruitment, according to an Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) linkurl:report;http://www.aahcdc.org/policy/reddot/AAHC_HIPAA_Creating_Barriers.pdf released yesterday (Jun 16). This sentiment echoes linkurl:concerns;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53866/ previously voiced by US epidemiologists,

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$Billions of fraud in HHS programs

By | June 16, 2008

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) will recover more than $2 billion through audits and investigations of fraud, waste and abuse in HHS programs, the office linkurl:announced;http://www.oig.hhs.gov/publications/docs/press/2008/semiannual_press_spring2008.pdf last Thursday (Jun 12). "OIG's accomplishments reflect a robust oversight agenda implemented through audits, evaluations, and compliance and enforcement activities," said Inspector General linkurl:

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Reprogramming ups mortality?

By | June 16, 2008

Chimeric mice generated from cells reprogrammed for pluripotency (induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells) show significant health problems, pointing to further challenges that must be overcome before such cells can be used in the clinic, noted iPS researcher Shinya Yamanaka said on Saturday (June 14). Speaking at the linkurl:meeting;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54746/ of the linkurl:International Society for Stem Cell Research;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54749/

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A fine time for equines

By | June 13, 2008

The American Museum of Natural History's new exhibit explores the human - horse relationship When I was seven years old I decided I'd rather be a horse than a human. In an attempt to dissuade me from this point of view, my parents had me start riding lessons when I was nine. It didn't work. I am still convinced the horse is a superior creature. So I was the natural choice from __The Scientist__'s editorial office to review __The Horse__, a new exhibition at the American Museum of Natural Hist

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Embryonic stem cells still gold standard

By | June 13, 2008

The technical challenges of using retroviruses to reprogram cells to a pluripotent state could be worked out within the year, researchers said today in a press conference at the annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research in Philadelphia. However, they stressed, human embryonic stem cells are still, and will continue to be, the gold standard for research on pluripotency and differentiation. The speakers, including linkurl:George Daley;http://www.childrenshospital.org/cfap

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