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Tumor suppressor regulates reproduction?

By | November 28, 2007

The tumor suppressor linkurl:p53;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/43281/ is a crucial player in the successful impregnation of mice, and plays a surprising new role in reproduction, according to a study published today in Nature. Arnold Levine's group at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, NJ, showed that p53 linkurl:regulates;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/50738/ a cytokine which is the most highly expressed at the onset of embryo implantation -- in fact, implantation

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US, Indonesia spar over virus samples

By | November 28, 2007

The Indonesian health minister has criticized an American scientist for taking tissue samples from a man suffering from a severe viral infection and exporting them out of the Southeast Asian country. The minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, said that foreign drug companies could use the samples, taken from the man named Dede, to develop profitable pharmaceuticals without remuneration for Indonesia. "We are offended because the samples were taken from Dede without our permission," she told British ne

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Fox Chase Cancer Center in building dispute

By | November 27, 2007

A leading cancer center in Philadelphia appears to be winning a battle with city residents to expand its clinical and research facilities. Fox Chase Cancer Center received the green light from a City Council committee Monday night to go ahead with an $800 million expansion. The Ok has been three years in the making because of objections from people who live in the area. The expansion will take up 19 acres of a park in the city, and residents don't want to see the expansion linkurl:"rip the guts

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NY med school stops teaching with dogs

By | November 27, 2007

New York Medical College in Valhalla announced yesterday that it will no longer use live dogs in physiology classrooms. According to linkurl:The Chronicle of Higher Education,;http://chronicle.com/news/article/3495/new-york-medical-college-will-halt-use-of-dogs-in-labs the school has come under fire from community groups and politicians for being the last medical college in the state to use live animals for teaching purposes. Only 11 medical schools around the country still use animals for cla

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YouTube for BioMed Central

By | November 27, 2007

Videos are on the rise in science publishing, as we linkurl:reported;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53500/ in August. On Friday, BioMed Central, sister company to The Scientist, joined the video crew with the linkurl:launch;http://blogs.openaccesscentral.com/blogs/bmcblog/entry/biomed_central_youtube_channel_debuts of its YouTube channel. Unlike efforts such as the video methods journal, JoVE, the 45 videos hosted on the channel so far consist of authors and editors talking about thei

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EU pushes for open access research

By | November 26, 2007

The Council of the European Union released linkurl:recommendations;http://www.consilium.europa.eu/ueDocs/cms_Data/docs/pressData/en/intm/97236.pdf on Friday (November 23) encouraging member states to study open access, but open access advocates are calling this a weak approach. The plan invites member states to support experiments in linkurl:various open access plans,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53781/ including a delayed open access plan; support research on how scientific inf

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Gene therapy trial set to resume

By | November 26, 2007

The US Food and Drug Administration is allowing a controversial gene therapy trial to linkurl:resume,;http://ir.targen.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=84981&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1080820&highlight= after the trial was linkurl:halted;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53453/ when a 36-year-old participant died in July. The therapy, developed by Seattle based company Targeted Genetics, seeks to treat inflammatory arthritis, and is delivered via an adeno-associated viral (AAV) vector through an injecti

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UK foot and mouth lab leaks again

By | November 26, 2007

A Surrey, UK, lab thought to be the linkurl:source;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53474/ of a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in August again ran afoul of biosafety practices last week, when a leaking valve likely released live FMD virus into a contained drainage system. Merial, a company on the site that makes FMD vaccine, had been banned from using live virus after the August outbreak, but the government restored its license to work with FMD earlier this month when biosafety

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Academic publishers make open access deal

By | November 21, 2007

The fifth-largest academic journal publisher, SAGE, yesterday (November 20) announced an agreement with linkurl:open access;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/home/53781/ science and medicine publisher, Hindawi, to launch a new series of open access journals, the Chronicle of Higher Education linkurl:reports.;http://chronicle.com/news/article/3472/journal-publisher-goes-for-open-access Publication will be funded by author charges, using a linkurl:gold open access;http://www.the-scientist.com/

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Pharma reaches out for ghostwriter

By | November 21, 2007

Earlier this week, The Scientist linkurl:reported;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/home/53869/ on a trial comparing the efficacy of a hypertension drug, nebivolol, in African American and white American patients. It seems that Forest Laboratories, the drug's manufacturer, is making all kinds of comparisons for marketing purposes, and resorting to some questionable practices to do so. The Wall Street Journal Health Blog linkurl:reports;http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2007/11/21/odd-ghostwriting-off

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