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Leaching plastics throw lab assays

By | November 6, 2008

Two compounds ubiquitously present in disposable linkurl:lab plastics;http://www.the-scientist.com/2008/11/1/23/1/ -- from test tubes and pipette tips to 96-well plates-- may be wreaking havoc on biomedical experiments, a study in Science reports this week. The study provides "clear evidence of these compounds leaching out of plastics," said linkurl:Andrew Holt,;http://www.pmcol.ualberta.ca/personnel/faculty/AHolt.htm a pharmacologist at the University of Alberta, Canada and main author. The c

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Varmus vs. Daschle vs. Dean?

By | November 6, 2008

Now that election day is over and we can stop feverishly predicting who will move into the White House, it's time to start feverishly predicting who President-elect Barack Obama will appoint to linkurl:key positions;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55167/ in his cabinet. So far, the linkurl:Wall Street Journal;http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/11/05/horse-race-begins-for-new-leaders-at-fda-and-hhs/ has heard three names as potential leaders of the Health and Human Services: linkurl:Ha

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EU proposes great ape research ban

By | November 5, 2008

The European Commission unveiled a linkurl:draft protocol;http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/lab_animals/pdf/com_2008_543.pdf on animal welfare today (Nov. 5) that proposes to ban testing on great apes including gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, and orangutans. The pan-European initiative would extend a ban already in force in Austria, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Sweden across the entire 27-member bloc. The ban, however, would not greatly affect current research, because no testing

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Obama good for science, experts say

By | November 5, 2008

Science groups are welcoming Senator linkurl:Barack Obama's;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54995/ landslide victory as the 44th President of the United States. Throughout his campaign, Obama made several promises regarding American science, including linkurl:doubling the budgets;http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/issues/FactSheetScience.pdf of key research agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Energy's Offi

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Oldest forensic DNA sample obtained

By | November 5, 2008

Forensic experts have obtained a DNA profile of the unknown killer of a schoolgirl raped and shot dead 62 years ago near Swansea, Wales. Scientists isolated the killer's DNA from a semen stain on the raincoat of the 12-year-old victim, Muriel Drinkwater, and examined linkurl:short tandem repeats;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/13102/ (STRs) on the Y-chromosome. Y-STR haplotypes are often used in linkurl:genealogical testing,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/13524/ and p

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Frozen mouse cloned

By | November 4, 2008

While restoring dinosaurs from preserved mosquitoes remains as scientifically implausible as it was when the hit science fiction film Jurassic Park was made in 1993, the possibility of cloning the linkurl:woolly mammoth;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53656/ and other extinct species just became a little bit more real. In this week's linkurl:__PNAS,__;http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2008/10/31/0806166105.abstract?sid=8020fedf-69de-453f-920a-53f897766c73 researchers report "resurrecti

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How to fix biosecurity?

By | November 4, 2008

High-security labs that deal with the deadliest pathogens - biosafety level (BSL) 4 facilities - are boosting their security in light of recent mishaps, but experts say those changes, while welcome, aren't nearly enough. What's more, safety experts disagree on the best solutions for making labs more secure. BSL4 labs are "an almost infinitesimally small" part of the problem of potential safety and security mishaps, linkurl:Richard Ebright,;http://rutchem.rutgers.edu/content_dynamic/faculty/ri

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New name for Invitrogen, ABI

By | November 4, 2008

The new company formed by the linkurl:merger;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55092/ between life science suppliers linkurl:Invitrogen Corporation;http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=61498&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1218555&highlight= and Applied Biosystems Inc. (ABI) will sport a new name: Life Technologies. linkurl:__GenomeWeb Daily News__;http://www.genomeweb.com/issues/news/150480-1.html obtained a memo from Invitrogen CEO Greg Lucier, who wrote that the merged company would ado

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The carbon costs of campaigning

By | November 4, 2008

The results are in - no, not the linkurl:election,;http://www.the-scientist.com/election/ but the total carbon footprints. In the past two years linkurl:John McCain;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55012/ and linkurl:Barack Obama;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54995/ have crisscrossed the country on private jets, they've printed out piles of party literature, they've sent their vice presidential picks and significant others on their own circuits, and they've staffed thousand

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Flooding disclosed at virus lab

By | November 3, 2008

A linkurl:pathogen lab;http://www.vet.uga.edu/ahrc/index.php at the University of Georgia which aims to work with viruses such as SARS and avian influenza has been temporarily closed after two flooding incidents this fall. The first flood occurred on September 24 during the first of a series of studies on a cattle virus called vesicular stomatitis, according to the linkurl:Atlanta Journal Constitution.;http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories//2008/11/02/lab_1102_2DOT.html?cxntlid=homepa

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