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Thyroid hormone in utero and vision

By | October 4, 2007

This morning, at the annual meeting of the linkurl:American Thyroid Association,;http://www.thyroid.org/ann_mtg/2007_78th/index.html I was captivated by a talk that included a very resourceful experimental design. linkurl:Joanne Rovet's;http://www.sickkids.on.ca/RovetLab/default.asp group, at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, described her research on the effects of hypothyroidism in pregnant women on the visual processing of their babies. Rovet's group found that babies exposed to l

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Biosafety accidents on the rise

By | October 3, 2007

On the heels of linkurl:recent revelations;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53626/ of unreported accidents in Texas university labs and breaches of safety regulations at the University of Wisconsin, an AP article today linkurl:reports;http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/02/AR2007100200158.html on mishaps at biosafety labs across the country. More than 100 such incidents have occurred since 2003, and some were not reported as required, according to the article.

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Stem cells to test medicines?

By | October 3, 2007

The British government and three big pharma companies announced a partnership today (October 3) to develop techniques for using linkurl:stem cells;http://www.the-scientist.com/2007/6/1/34/1/ to test the safety of new medicines, the linkurl:Financial Times reports.;http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ecdb2c48-714b-11dc-98fc-0000779fd2ac.html So far, the article notes, big companies have stayed away from the controversial field. The group, launched today as a nonprofit called Stem Cells for Safer Medicine

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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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