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Framingham study data goes online

By | October 2, 2007

The National Institutes of Health has made public more than 50 years worth of data from the linkurl:Framingham Heart Study.;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/10377/ The data from that study are the first to go live as part of the recently-launched, web-based SNP Health Association Resource (or SHARe) database, which is funded by NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. As per NIH's recently finalized linkurl:policy;http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-07-088

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Biggest losers win pennant

By | September 30, 2007

A couple of months ago I linkurl:compared the ineptitude of the Philadelphia Phillies with the pharma industry. ;http://www.the-scientist.com/2007/8/1/13/1/ Well, good news! The Phillies have turned things around. Having picked up the 10,000th loss of their history on 15 July, they today won the National League East title and head to the playoffs for the first time in 14 years. We can all take inspiration from this. I can. The pharmaceutical industry can. There's a lot of talent in the pharma

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EHP narrows search for editor

By | September 28, 2007

linkurl:__Environmental Health Perspectives,__;http://www.ehponline.org/ a leading public health journal published by NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will have a new editor-in-chief soon. An NIEHS spokesperson Emailed the list of finalists for the position to __The Scientist__. The three finalists, all of them government employees, are: linkurl:Mike Cunningham -;http://www.f1000biology.com/about/biography/1036539237111759 Toxicologist, National Toxicology Program, NIE

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Inspector General: FDA flunking clinical trials oversight

By | September 28, 2007

A linkurl:report;http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-01-06-00160.pdf released today by the Department of Health and Human Services reveals that the linkurl:FDA;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/36885/ is woefully lax in monitoring clinical trials research, according to the linkurl:New York Times.;http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/28/health/policy/28fda.html?ref=health The article reports that agency officials don't know how many clinical trials are going, and that just 200 inspecto

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MRC confirms new chief

By | September 28, 2007

Stephen Pincock reports: linkurl:Leszek Borysiewicz;http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/aboutimperial/rectorandprincipalofficers/professorsirleszekborysiewicz , deputy rector of Imperial College London, was officially named today (September 28) as the next chief executive of Britain's troubled Medical Research Council, replacing Colin Blakemore who linkurl:steps down;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/52932/ this month. Borysiewicz is best known for his work on oncogenic viruses, including hum

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Scientists' beef with ID moviemakers

By | September 27, 2007

Scientists say they were duped into agreeing to interviews for an upcoming movie promoting intelligent design. In a __New York Times__ linkurl:article;http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/27/science/27expelled.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1 today, evolutionary biologist linkurl:Richard Dawkins;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/14767 says he would not have agreed to appear in the movie had he known what it was about, while anthropologist Eugenie Scott claims she was also misled. linkurl:"Expelled:

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Congress questions acting NIEHS director

By | September 26, 2007

linkurl:Samuel Wilson,;http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/ad/index.cfm acting director of NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, said today that he intends to restore cuts to NIEHS programs that focus on disease prevention, long-term epidemiological research, education and outreach. His comments came at a congressional hearing held by the linkurl:House Subcommittee on Domestic Policy.;http://domesticpolicy.oversight.house.gov/ linkurl:Dennis Kucinich;http://kucinich.house.gov/

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HIV vaccine trials stopped

By | September 25, 2007

Merck linkurl:halted;http://tinyurl.com/2t76sm its Phase IIb clinical trials of an HIV vaccine last week, after data showed a lack of efficacy. According to a news release from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), "the vaccine cannot be shown in this trial to prevent HIV infection or affect the course of the disease in those who become infected with HIV." This is the same vaccine The Scientist linkurl:highlighted;http://www.the-scientist.com/2007/9/1/42/1/ this mon

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DNA barcoding in Taipei, Part 4

By | September 21, 2007

The plant barcoding group meeting here at the end of the 2nd International Barcode of Life Conference in Taipei was as addled with confusion and obfuscation as I had heard it might be. In supreme contrast to animal barcoding working groups (like linkurl:FishBOL),;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53591/ that are humming along identifying species and thinking about how to attract funding agencies and end users, the plant working group seems to be straining under the linkurl:complexity;htt

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Biosafety concerns at U of Wisconsin Ebola lab

By | September 20, 2007

A University of Wisconsin researcher working with the Ebola virus operated his lab under lower biosafety standards than are required for working with the deadly pathogen, according to the Sunshine Project, an Austin-based biosafety watchdog group. A linkurl:press release;http://www.sunshine-project.org/publications/pr/pr190907.html posted on the group's Web site and an linkurl:AP report;http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/local//index.php?ntid=246861 filed late last night state that the lab, headed

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