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FDA approves second novel HIV drug

By | October 16, 2007

Till recently, just two classes of antiretroviral drugs, reverse transcriptase inhibitors and protease inhibitors, were on the market to treat HIV infection. Last week, the FDA linkurl:approved;http://www.reuters.com/article/health-SP/idUSN1221331120071015 Merck's raltegravir (Isentress), which interferes with viral replication at a different point, blocking the enzyme integrase to prevent the integration of the viral genetic material into host DNA. In our September issue, The Scientist reporte

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Robert Ferrell, a geneticist at the University of Pittsburgh who was linkurl:indicted;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/22260/ in June, 2004, along with Steven Kurtz, an artist at the State University of New York in Buffalo, after Ferrell shipped bacteria to Kurtz to use in an art project, pled guilty yesterday to charges of "mailing an injurious article," according a linkurl:report;http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny--artvsterror1011oct11,0,7989955.story by the AP

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Gore, IPCC win Nobel Peace Prize

By | October 12, 2007

This morning former vice president Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) were awarded the linkurl:2007 Nobel Prize;http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2007/ "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change." According to a linkurl:statement;http://blog.algore.com/2007/10/i_am_deeply_honored.html posted on his Web site, Go

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Company displeased with scientists' skepticism

By | October 11, 2007

A company that develops "stem cell enhancers" as dietary supplements posted a linkurl:complaint;http://tinyurl.com/ypmjdy over 1,000 words in length on its website regarding an linkurl:article;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53194 I wrote in May about its product. StemEnhance is an algal extract linkurl:promised;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53186/ to enhance circulating stem cells and promote wellness. In my article, responses from stem cell researchers on whether the prod

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Former McLean head admits misconduct

By | October 11, 2007

The former president of McLean Hospital outside Boston has admitted to sexual misconduct and is now under investigation. The Boston Globe linkurl:reported;http://tinyurl.com/2mz54u this week that Jack Gorman, who linkurl:resigned;http://tinyurl.com/ythq62 from McLean in 2006, admitted to the New York Board of Professional Medical Conduct that he had inappropriate sexual contact with a patient. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health directed McLean to look into whether Gorman abused patien

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Gerhard Ertl, a German physical chemist, was awarded the linkurl:Nobel Prize for Chemistry;http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/2007/ this morning for research that defined how molecules interact at interface between solids and gasses. His work laid the foundation for the modern field of surface chemistry, and had important implications for understanding processes such as how catalytic converters clean up car exhaust, how the ozone layer gets depleted, and how iron rusts. Ertl

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Cha sues over IVF critique

By | October 9, 2007

Bruce Flamm, a doctor and former research chairman is being sued for defamation by Kwang Yul Cha, the co-author of a 2001 paper that showed couples who were prayed for (but didn't know it) were more likely to conceive during in vitro fertilization. Flamm has linkurl:publicly criticized the paper;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15149/ for years, arguing it was too implausible to be believed. The lawsuit was a complete surprise, Flamm told me today. "I never would have dream

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MA relaxes stem cell restrictions

By | October 9, 2007

Massachusetts is getting ready to overturn regulations that restrict the use of stem cells for research, according to the linkurl:Associated Press.;http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/10/08/mass_health_panel_set_to_reverse_romney_backed_stem_cell_rules/ The regulations imposed by the 2005 bill created a muddy picture of which stem cells could be used for research. The language made collaborations with out of state researchers especially difficult. David Scadden, co-director of the

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Nobel Prize in Medicine announced

By | October 8, 2007

This year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to linkurl:Mario Capecchi;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/14469/ , Martin J. Evans and Oliver Smithies for developing the method of gene targeting in mice leading to the "knock out" mice used today as models of human disease. The trio of scientists received the linkurl:Lasker award;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/19901/ for Medical Research in 2001 for their achievements. Read more about the prize in our daily news

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Venter makes synthetic chromosome... or does he?

By | October 8, 2007

Rumors of J. Craig Venter's achievements in creating artificial life are again linkurl:circulating;http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2007/oct/06/genetics.climatechange in the press - the Guardian reported this weekend that Venter has successfully made a fully synthetic chromosome, dubbed Mycoplasma laboratorium. The chromosome reportedly consists of 381 genes, and in total contains 580,000 nucleotide base pairs. In a linkurl:study;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53341/ published thi

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