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Top NIH grants, grantees in 2007

By | January 2, 2008

It's the end of the year, so time to count the number of pennies the NIH has doled out in the last 12 months. Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News linkurl:published a list;http://www.genengnews.com/news/bnitem.aspx?name=28380062 of the top 20 PIs of the year, and Barton F. Haynes at Duke University ($46,482,429) sits at the top of that pyramid. The best-funded institutions were Johns Hopkins University ($566,516,255) and the University of Pennsylvania ($434,874,723). The list is some

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Cha vs. Flamm court drama continues

By | December 20, 2007

A fertility researcher who published a study suggesting that prayer improves in vitro fertilization success rates has renewed his legal battle against an obstetrician/gynecologist who has criticized his work. Kwang-Yul Cha, a fertility researcher and chancellor of the medical school at Pochon CHA University in Korea, filed a motion on Tuesday (Dec 18) for a new trial after a judge linkurl:threw out;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53876/ his defamation lawsuit against University of Cal

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How are you doing, Bruce Alberts?

By | December 20, 2007

For Bruce Alberts, the week Science linkurl:announced;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54026/ he would be the journal's new chief editor was, decidedly, "hectic." Already, "I've got a lot of people sending me advice on how Science magazine could be improved," he told me Wednesday (December 19). His response: Bring it on. "A thousand minds are better than ten," he said, so he's going to be collecting suggestions from all corners about ways to improve t

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How we review peer review

By | December 20, 2007

In case you have never attended an open house workshop at the NIH's Center for Scientific Review, in which people who participate in NIH peer review gather to discuss how the process is going and could improve, here's how it typically goes: Tuesday morning (December 18), about 80 stakeholders such as study section leaders in the Biomolecular group (about one-sixth of the entire CSR) gathered in a large auditorium of the Natcher Building on the NIH campus to consider two questions. 1. W

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Psychiatrist kills ads to pay ransom

By | December 20, 2007

A leading child psychiatrist got thousands of emails this week criticizing a provocative advertising campaign by his center to raise awareness of mental illness in children. The New York Times linkurl:reported;http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/20/business/media/20child.html that Harold Koplewicz, the director of New York University's Child Study Center, received more than 3,000 emails in response to the ads, which used fake ransom notes to call attention to autism and depression in children. For e

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Unwinding DNA replication

By | December 20, 2007

Scientists have sorted out another piece of the DNA replication puzzle by showing what might happen to histones through the process of unwinding DNA. The linkurl:findings,;http://www.sciencemag.org published in today's (December 20) __Science__, identify a complex that can shuttle histones from parent to daughter strands of DNA as it replicates. As the replication fork moves along a strand of DNA, the linkurl:nucleosomes;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/23392 - the 4-histone pair c

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Altered role for stem cell regulator

By | December 19, 2007

The protein linkurl:Nanog,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53404/ long considered essential to maintaining pluripotency and promoting differentiation in embryonic stem cells, may play a lesser role in those processes, according to a study published this week in Nature. "The previous paradigm was that Nanog was infinitely coupled to differentiation," Ian Chambers of the University of Edinburgh, lead author of the study, told The Scientist. This new work has shown, Chambers continue

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Congress passes NIH budget

By | December 19, 2007

Both chambers of Congress this afternoon (December 19) agreed to a suite of government spending bills that included roughly $29 billion for the National Institutes of Health, according to Nancy Granese from the Campaign for Medical Research. This budget, for FY08, is $130 million more than FY07. The linkurl:raise;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54025 was smaller than some medical and research organizations had hoped for. In a press release from CMR, the group's chairman, G. Steven Bur

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NIH grants for human microbe work

By | December 19, 2007

The National Institutes of Health linkurl:launched;http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/dec2007/od-19.htm a project today (Dec. 19) aimed at linkurl:sequencing;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53647/ the myriad linkurl:microbes;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53643/ that inhabit the human body. NIH has already awarded several millions of dollars in grant money to researchers engaging in the Human Microbiome Project, and linkurl:more grant money;http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/hmp/grants

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Alberts move to Science hailed

By | December 18, 2007

Bruce Alberts' colleagues are -- not surprisingly -- celebrating his decision to be the 18th editor-in-chief of Science, which the journal announced Monday (December 17). "I don't think [the journal] could have picked a better person," Peter Walter, chairman of the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, told The Scientist. The announcement followed months of speculation, during which Alberts' name linkurl:emerged;http://www

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