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Banned scientist now at Schering-Plough

By | November 30, 2007

A scientist that the University of Washington found guilty of research misconduct is now an employee of the pharmaceutical company, linkurl:Schering-Plough.;http://www.sch-plough.com In an Email to __The Scientist__, a company spokesperson, Stephen Galpin, confirmed that Scott Brodie, a former UW researcher, "is a current employee and that we recently became aware of the University of Washington investigation." The university's investigation into Brodie's work found 15 instances of faked data,

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Embargoes, the NY Times, and the WHO

By | November 30, 2007

For the next two weeks, if you want news about the World Health Organization (WHO), you may have to consult sources other than __The New York Times__. According to an Email I just received from the WHO, the organization has suspended the __Times__ from its media distribution list for two weeks after the newspaper broke an embargo on a linkurl:story on measles deaths. ;http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/29/world/africa/29briefs-measles.html?_r=1&oref=slogin (They've dropped sharply, it turns out.) ''

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Groups mark World AIDS Day 2007

By | November 30, 2007

Tomorrow (Dec. 1) is the 20th annual linkurl:World AIDS Day, ;http://www.worldaidscampaign.info/static/en/wac/world_aids_day__1/world_aids_day_2007/and several health, advocacy, and research organizations are marking the event. Several organizations, including The American Medical Student Association and the Global AIDS alliance, are staging a linkurl:rally;http://www.worldaidscampaign.info/static/en/campaigns/in_country_campaigns/north_america/usa/ outside the White House to demand increased f

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NIH botched biolab safety study: NRC

By | November 30, 2007

The NIH's safety assessment of a linkurl:controversial Boston University laboratory;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/24679/ did not thoroughly develop worst case scenarios or adequately compare safety risks at other proposed sites, finds a linkurl:National Research Council report.;http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12073 The council released its 28-page report yesterday (November 29th) after the Massachusetts government commissioned it to review the NIH appraisal, which had linku

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Pluripotency without tumors?

By | November 30, 2007

Japanese researchers who linkurl:reprogrammed;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53873/ pluripotency into adult human skin cells say they have improved the technique, according to a linkurl:paper;http://www.nature.com/nbt published online today (Nov. 30) in Nature Biotechnology. linkurl:Shinya Yamanaka;http://www.frontier.kyoto-u.ac.jp/rc02/kyojuE.html of Kyoto University and his colleagues originally used four transcription factors to induce pluripotency in linkurl:mouse;http://www.the

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Chair named for ousted surgeon

By | November 29, 2007

After spending millions on behalf of a heart surgeon's legal dispute, the University of Minnesota has agreed to shell out another half million honoring his name. linkurl:John Najarian,;http://www.surg.umn.edu/surgery/faculty/najarian_john_s.html a heart surgeon formerly at the center of a major legal dispute between the University of Minnesota and the US government, will lend his name to a newly endowed chair at the university, the __Pioneer Press__ linkurl:reported;http://tinyurl.com/2xlx59 thi

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Circulating stem cells add roaming immunity

By | November 29, 2007

Circulating stem cells from bone marrow recognize tissues in distress and stimulate an linkurl:innate immune response,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53407/ according to findings published today in linkurl:__Cell__.;http://www.cell.com/ The researchers identified new pathways for these circulating hematopoietic cells, and propose that their travels contribute additional immune cells to tissues experiencing damage or infection. "Stem cells are much more adventurous in a way than on

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Scientists love social media

By | November 29, 2007

Do you use LinkedIn? What about Friendster? If the answer is "no" to both of these questions, or "what is LinkedIn?", you're probably in the minority. According to a survey by linkurl:BioInformatics,;http://www.gene2drug.com/reports/Default.asp?action=details&report_id=184 a marketing research company, 77 percent of life scientists reported using social media -- tools like blogs, podcasts, online communities, Wikis, and networking sites -- to get tips and protocols and to share information. Bi

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U Wash HIV researcher faked data

By | November 29, 2007

A former University of Washington researcher has lost a lawsuit against the __Seattle Times__ over the disclosure of a report detailing his research misconduct. Scott Brodie, who studied linkurl:HIV;http://www.the-scientist.com/2007/9/1/40/1/ and herpes, sued the university and the newspaper to prevent the report from becoming public, but a judge decided in the newspaper's favor last week, the __Times__ linkurl:reported;http://tinyurl.com/2ahaka Wednesday (November 28). According to the newspap

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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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