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Embryonic origins of autoimmunity

By | February 26, 2008

linkurl:Autoimmune;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53106/ diseases may not stem from defects in the immune system alone. Rather, developmental genetic abnormalities in organ tissues may make those organs more susceptible to autoimmune disorders, according to a linkurl:paper;http://www.nature.com/icb/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/icb20086a.html published online today in Immunology and Cell Biology. "The former explanations of how these [autoimmune] diseases occur weren't totally

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Senator questions open access mandate

By | February 26, 2008

More questions have come up over the new National Institutes of Health public access mandate and its fairness to journal publishers. Two weeks ago Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter sent a letter to NIH director Elias Zerhouni questioning whether the NIH had adequately discussed the mandate with journal publishers before implementing it. Specter is a ranking member of the appropriations subcommittee that oversees NIH funding. The NIH public access mandate was passed with the congressional app

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UCSC animal researcher targeted

By | February 26, 2008

Attackers broke into the home of a University of California, Santa Cruz scientist who uses animals to study breast cancer and neurological disorders, on Sunday (Feb. 24), according to the linkurl:__Santa Cruz Sentinel__.;http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_8360836 Another California animal researcher - UCLA neurologist, Edythe London - has been the target of linkurl:vandalism;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54287/ recently, with an animal rights group claiming responsibility for linku

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What role of autism in Fragile X?

By | February 26, 2008

This morning's session at the Keystone meeting on the pathophysiology of autism in Santa Fe, New Mexico, focused on the disorder's link to Fragile X syndrome. Like autism, Fragile X is associated with behaviors such as high social anxiety, gaze avoidance, and speech problems. A significant number of people with Fragile X - estimates range wildly from 5 to 60% - have autism, but a smaller number of linkurl:autistic cases are associated with Fragile X;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/d

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Autism, in its early days

By | February 25, 2008

It's a small Keystone meeting on the pathophysiology of autistic syndromes here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but you can feel the excitement among the 100 or so attendees, as they muddle their way through early data in this growing area of research. There are only nine posters being presented today -- but, according to co-host Pat Levitt from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, all are important. This is in contrast to the last Keystone I attended on stem cell biology in Whistler, British Columbia, in 20

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Encyclopedia of Life goes live

By | February 25, 2008

Almost one year after the linkurl:Encyclopedia of Life;http://www.eol.org/ announced its plan to construct a comprehensive, online catalog of biodiversity, the website will unveil its first 30,000 species pages tomorrow (Feb. 26). With $50 million from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and other funders, and scientific support from a gaggle of universities and museums, the Encyclopedia of Life began digitizing and organizing scientific informatio

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Animal rights extremists restrained

By | February 22, 2008

A California judge linkurl:issued;http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/judge-orders-extremists-to-stop-45534.aspx a temporary linkurl:restraining order;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54356/ yesterday (Feb. 21) against three underground animal rights groups and five individuals associated with these groups to prevent them from harassing and threatening UCLA scientists who conduct experiments with animals, according to the university. The restraining order prohibits members of the UCLA

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Insect Art Winners: A slideshow

By | February 22, 2008

For 25 years, a university town in Illinois has become insect central for day thanks to entomologist linkurl:May Berenbaum's;http://www.life.uiuc.edu/entomology/faculty/berenbaum.html Insect Fear Film Festival at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The festival - which will celebrate its 25th year tomorrow (Feb. 23) - usually features a few campy films starring insects (more linkurl:Mothra,;http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055198/ less linkurl:David Attenborough),;http://www.imdb.com/tit

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James Watson supports Obama

By | February 22, 2008

In an intriguing election-year twist, James Watson, the linkurl:renowned biologist;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/36882/ who made headlines last October when he told the linkurl:__Sunday Times__;http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2677098.ece that people of African descent were linkurl:less intelligent;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53712/ than white people, has supported a person of African descent for President of the United States, according to the website

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Online methods videos go mainstream

By | February 22, 2008

Scientific and medical publisher Wiley-Blackwell announced this week (February 20) that they will work with the linkurl:Journal of Visualized Experiments;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/37167/ (JoVE), the first online video methods journal, to add methods videos to the journal linkurl:Current Protocols.;http://www.currentprotocols.com/WileyCDA/ Rumors of JoVE's deal with Wiley-Blackwell and other mainstream science publishers have been circulating in the blogosphere since late January

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