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Gonzo journalism about cats?

By | July 26, 2007

This week one of my sources sent me a recent newsletter from linkurl:Allerca,;http://www.allerca.com/indexold.html a "lifestyle pets" company now headquartered in Delaware that claims to have developed hypoallergenic cats. I was interested to read a rant by the company's founder, Simon Brodie, about the "gonzo journalists" who "trumpeted absolute falsehoods and downright lies" regarding the company. I imagine Brodie might be referring to yours truly. Not because I lied in my linkurl:investigati

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Mass files life science legislation

By | July 20, 2007

Yesterday, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick proposed life science research legislation that he linkurl:first suggested;http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=pressreleases&agId=Agov3&prModName=gov3pressrelease&prFile=agov3_pr_070508_life_science_initiative.xml in May. When I covered the discussion on this bill linkurl:last month;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53359/ , Governor Patrick's administration was still hammering out the details for the $1 billion, 10 year spending plan, calle

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Why is US citation share dropping?

By | July 20, 2007

The National Science Foundation released two reports to the public this week that examine a puzzling trend: Why, during times of increasing investment in science, is the share of US publications dropping? As I linkurl:reported;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/36407 in November of last year, US publication numbers plateaued from 1992 to 2002, and the global percentage of publications coming out of the US dropped from 38% in 1973 to 30% in 2003. Meanwhile, the report shows US academic R&D

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Breathing freely over TB patient

By | July 3, 2007

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are likely taking a collective sigh of relief. This just in from The Scientist intern Kelly Chi: Today (July 3) representatives from the National Jewish Medical Research Center and the CDC revealed that Andrew Speaker, a patient who sparked international concern after traveling with a highly-resistant form of TB, has multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), not extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB). This means that he can be treated with a

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More labs go green all over

By | July 3, 2007

It appears that the link between science and building green is strengthening with each passing day. Last week, Arizona State University announced its choice of HDR Architects and Steven Ehrlich Architects to design its new Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building (ISTB) IV scheduled for completion on its Tempe campus by 2010. The university plans to seek a minimum of LEED Silver status for the 250,000-square-foot building, which will house offices and laboratories for ASU's School of Ea

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For one patient, stem cells show promise

By | July 2, 2007

In this week's Lancet, several Norwegian cardiologists linkurl:urge caution;http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673607609921/fulltext before testing stem cell therapies in patients following heart attacks. Three of the clinical trials so far haven't shown any positive effects, and the one that did was questionable, they write. At least one patient in Michigan didn't like being subjected to one such experiment in 2003; he's linkurl:suing;www.the-scientist.com/article/display/

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Bye bye, Donald Kennedy

By | June 22, 2007

Yesterday (June 21), Science editor-in-chief Donald Kennedy announced he was retiring from the journal, after seven years at the helm. AAAS president David Baltimore is leading a search committee for a new candidate. Kennedy has steered Science through some tricky waters, to say the least. The journal published, then retracted, one of Woo-Suk Hwang's linkurl:now-infamous;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/36969/ papers on human embryonic stem cell research. In 2002, the journal lin

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Hwang back at work

By | June 22, 2007

South Korean researcher Woo-suk Hwang has apparently picked up the pieces of his life since he admitted to fabricating key findings in human embryonic stem cell research. According to the Associated Press, he has linkurl:opened a private lab;http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/06/22/asia/AS-FEA-GEN-SKorea-Disgraced-Scientist.php outside of Seoul, and taken 30 researchers with him. They are now extracting stem cells from cloned animal embryos, such as pigs and cows. "If we had been working

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Good news for pygmy rabbits

By | June 19, 2007

Finally, after years of dwindling populations and a deadly outbreak in February and March, there may be some good news for Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits. I traveled out to Washington and Oregon to linkurl:report on efforts to save the species;http://www.the-scientist.com/2007/6/1/40/1/ for our June issue. The Associated Press linkurl:reported last week;http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/06/14/ap3822788.html that doctoral student Len Zeoli had found a ''female digging a burrow and lining it wit

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Hwang ghost appears at stem cell conference

By | June 19, 2007

The spectre of linkurl:Hwang Woo-Suk;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53277/ has raised its head a couple of times at the annual meeting of the linkurl:International Society for Stem Cell Research;http://www.isscr.org/meetings in Cairns, Australia. On Monday, incoming ISSCR president George Daley, from Children's Hospital Boston, was describing the potential value of deriving stem cells parthenogenetically when he mentioned the name which pricks up everyone's ears. Daley said that ana

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