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A dozen NIH labs to close?

By | March 10, 2008

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) will likely close 12 intramural labs, Science linkurl:reported;http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/319/5868/1324a last Friday. The NICHD may close the labs as part of $15 million in savings, according to Emails sent to Science and circulated to employees. Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy director of intramural research, said that this isn't the first time the intramural research program has been downsized, and that NIC

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HHMI unveils early career appointments

By | March 10, 2008

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is opening a $300 million linkurl:competition;http://www.hhmi.org/news/earlycareer20080310.html today for early career scientists. As many as 70 scientists will receive six year, non-renewable appointments with HHMI. The competition is open to tenured or tenure-track researchers between the second and sixth year of their appointment. Applicants are required to submit an intention to apply letter by April 30, 2008, and send in a completed application by

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Signaling blocker halts bone growth

By | March 10, 2008

Inhibiting a key signaling pathway causes permanent damage to bones in young mice, researchers report in this week's issue of linkurl:__Cancer Cell.__;http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WWK-4S1BVT4-9&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=80258615088ab83976bfb4ac64c10eb7 The findings suggest that drugs targeting this pathway, under development for solid tumors, may have unexpected drawbacks if used in ch

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British MPs can opt out on embryo bill

By | March 7, 2008

Members of the British government will be able to abstain from voting on the controversial linkurl:Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill,;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/40757/ senior Labour MP, Geoff Hoon, announced today. The bill aims to update the regulation of embryo research and assisted reproduction in light of new attitudes and technological developments. The legislation will allow research using human-animal hybrid embryos, created by inserting animal cells or DNA into earl

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Can publishers and NIH make OA work?

By | March 7, 2008

The April 7 deadline is rapidly approaching for submitting all publications based on NIH-funded work to PubMed Central. But some publishers are still grumbling about how the NIH plans to implement the public access mandate, which was put in place in linkurl:January.;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54028/ linkurl:Last month,;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54372/ Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter asked NIH director Elias Zerhouni in a letter whether the NIH had adequately di

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Doctor double dip

By | March 7, 2008

__Editorial administrator Margaret Guthrie reports__ Who hasn't invoked the five second rule? After all, food that falls to the kitchen floor is still safe to eat, if you pick it up fast enough. Isn't it? linkurl:Paul Dawson,;http://www.clemson.edu/foodscience/dawson.htm of Clemson University's food science program, roots out the science behind such questions and in doing so has found a way to engage undergraduate students, teach them the rigors of scientific investigation, and even encourage so

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Transfer RNA transforms tree of life

By | March 7, 2008

A comparison of transfer RNAs has revealed the roots of the tree of life, indicating ancient origins for Archaea and viruses, according to research published yesterday in linkurl:PLoS Computational Biology.;http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pcbi.1000018 Since the discovery that ribosomal RNA can reveal evolutionary relationships between organisms, researchers have split the universal tree of life into three main branches: the superkingdoms Archaea, Bacteria, an

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NIH to re-review Boston biolab

By | March 6, 2008

NIH has established a new panel to review safety considerations in the linkurl:biocontainment lab;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/home/27378/ currently under construction in a densely populated Boston neighborhood, the agency announced today in a linkurl:press release.;http://www.nih.gov/news/health/mar2008/od-06.htm Boston University has had plans to build the Biosafety Level 4 facility since 2003, when it received a $120 million grant from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious

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Retracted author denies wrongdoing

By | March 6, 2008

The co-lead author of an olfactory paper retracted yesterday from Nature by Nobel laureate Linda Buck says he stands behind the conclusions and does not admit any wrongdoing.

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Brazil court to rule on stem cells

By | March 5, 2008

Brazil's Supreme Court will rule today (March 5) on the linkurl:legal status;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15348/ of scientists using human embryos, following an appeal that embryonic stem cell research is "unconstitutional." In March 2005, the Brazilian parliament passed legislation allowing scientists to work with stem cells derived from human embryos. That law approved research with embryos produced by in vitro fertilization and frozen for at least three years. But only months

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