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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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Nobel laureate retracts Nature paper

By | March 5, 2008

Nobel laureate and olfactory researcher Linda Buck has retracted a paper published in Nature in 2001, after her team failed to reproduce the results.

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The placental origin of HSCs

By | March 5, 2008

Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are generated in the placenta, before the circulatory system is fully operational, researchers report is this week's issue of linkurl:Cell Stem Cell.;http://www.cellstemcell.com/ The finding offers researchers a better shot at defining the microenvironment required to grow HSCs in vitro. Researchers have known that the placenta holds a reserve of HSCs, and had observed that when placental HSCs decline in number, the liver's reserve expands. Here, Katrin Rhodes a

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A new proposal for citation data

By | March 4, 2008

Researchers have proposed a new scheme for ranking the quality or impact of scientific journals that they say is more accurate than the Impact Factor, according to a linkurl:paper;http://www.plosone.org/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info:doi/10.1371/journal published last week in PLoS ONE. Rather than relying on an average of citations to rate a journal, the system uses a mathematical model to characterize the typical number of citations that papers in specific journals are likely to r

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Farewell to pharma freebies?

By | March 4, 2008

Massachusetts may become the first state with a complete ban on pharmaceutical company freebies to doctors. The president of the Massachusetts Senate, linkurl:Therese Murray;http://www.mass.gov/legis/member/t_m0.htm (D), yesterday (March 3) filed a bill that seeks to reduce linkurl:conflicts of interest;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54300/ and healthcare costs by stemming the flow of gifts from pharmaceutical companies to doctors in the state, according to linkurl:__The Boston Globe

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