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Stem cell rx wins another horse race

By | April 8, 2008

This report in from Editorial Administrator and journalist Margaret Guthrie: Earlier this year, we linkurl:reported on a company;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/54215/ called Vet-Stem which has devised a treatment for horses using the animal's own stem cells to heal tendon and ligament injuries. In some cases it's been an unqualified success. One of those successes was part of our story - a big gray gelding named Greg's Gold. When we posted the story online, Greg's

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Neuroscience peer-review posse grows

By | April 7, 2008

Nature Neuroscience is joining an alliance of journals that share manuscript peer-reviews, according to the journal's April linkurl:editorial.;http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v11/n4/full/nn0408-375.html The linkurl:Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium;http://nprc.incf.org/ (NPRC) is a group of linkurl:neuroscience;http://www.the-scientist.com/2007/8/1/60/1/ journals that have agreed to accept reviews from other members of the Consortium in an effort to accelerate and improve the efficiency o

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Public access begins

By | April 7, 2008

Today (April 7) is the start day of the National Institutes of Health mandate requiring that all research funded by NIH dollars be deposited into PubMed Central within one year of publication. Any articles arising from NIH funds that are accepted for publication starting today must be submitted to the database. The policy is part of a mandate issued in January by the NIH in accordance with the Congressional linkurl:appropriations;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54028/ bill for 2008.

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Citizens and the art of maintaining science

By | April 4, 2008

Wouldn't it be nice to have thousands of collaborators, collecting data and sharing observations, who didn't demand a salary at all? A nation-wide initiative called Project Budburst is enlisting the help of so-called "citizen scientists" to nip the effects of linkurl:climate change;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/daily/54049/ in the bud. But is using the public as a data source scientifically sound? The idea of linkurl:citizen science;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/17048/ is

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Say your prayers, cane toads

By | April 4, 2008

Though Australian scientists are working to linkurl:engineer a virus;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/54497/ to control the invasive pests, an Aussie politician has suggested a less subtle solution: kill 'em all. Shane Knuth, a legislator in the northeastern state of Queensland (where cane toads thrive), has proposed and official day for residents to hunt down and kill the exotic invaders. Cane toads have plagued the land down under for decades, and their increasing numbers and tox

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Antibiotics feed bacteria

By | April 3, 2008

Hundreds of bacteria isolated from soil samples are able to live exclusively on antibiotics as a food source, according to a linkurl:report;http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/320/5872/100 published today (April 3) in Science. The researchers, led by linkurl:George Church;http://arep.med.harvard.edu/gmc/ of Harvard Medical School, isolated bacteria from 11 distinct soil types. They showed that these bacteria could subsist in culture dishes exclusively on, in some cases, 13-17 of 18

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New metastasis mechanism revealed

By | April 3, 2008

A signaling molecule commonly found in cancerous tissue primes some breast tumor cells to metastasize to lung but not bone tissue, according to a linkurl:study;http://www.cell.com/content/article/abstract?uid=PIIS0092867408002110 to be published in __Cell__ tomorrow (Apr. 4). "This work basically provides a deeper understanding of how linkurl:breast cancer;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/13530/ spreads throughout the body," said linkurl:David Padua,;http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/

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Does blogged peer review work?

By | April 2, 2008

Can the blogosphere work as well as the traditional peer review system? Over the past two months one researcher has been trying to linkurl:find out.;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54189/ Based on his and his publisher's early assessment of the experiment, using blog-based peer reviewing is only partially helpful, The Chronicle of Higher Education linkurl:reported;http://chronicle.com/free/2008/04/2332n.htm?rss today. The experiment was run by University of California, San Diego, com

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UK lab creates hybrid embryo

By | April 2, 2008

Hybrid embryos containing both human and animal material have been created for the first time in the UK, the linkurl:BBC;http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7323298.stm reported yesterday (April 1). Scientists at Newcastle University led by Lyle Armstrong inserted nuclei from human skin cells into hollowed-out cow eggs to create cytoplasmic linkurl:hybrids,;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53564/ or "cybrids." Some of the human-animal embryos lived for three days, and the largest grew u

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HHMI president steps down

By | April 1, 2008

linkurl:Thomas Cech,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/12099/ a Nobel laureate who studied the catalytic properties of RNA, has announced plans to step down from the top spot at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, according to the organization's linkurl:website.;http://www.hhmi.org/news/cech20080401.html Cech, who has been HHMI president since 2000, said in a communication to institute staff that the time had come for a change. In the spring of 2009, Cech will return to his position

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