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NIH and NASA firm up space plans

By | September 12, 2007

In July, The Scientist linkurl:reported;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53389/ on plans for a collaboration between NASA and NIH to conduct life science experiments aboard the International Space Station. Those plans, it seems, are taking off, with the two agencies holding a public signing at the Capitol tomorrow (Sept. 12) of a memorandum sealing the deal. The linkurl:release;http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/sep2007/od-10.htm from NIH does not specify projects for the collaboration, sayi

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Elsevier's open access plan: Advertisers pay

By | September 10, 2007

The New York Times linkurl:reports today;http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/10/business/media/10journal.html?ref=business that scientific and medical publisher Reed-Elsevier, which publishes 400 journals, has introduced ''a Web portal, linkurl:www.OncologySTAT.com, ;www.oncologystat.com that gives doctors free access to the latest articles from 100 of its own pricey medical journals and that plans to sell advertisements against the content.'' In exchange for personal information, oncologists can rec

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Korean crackdown on research

By | September 10, 2007

South Korean universities are apparently cracking down on research fraud following the admission by several high-profile Korean scientists (led by linkurl:Woo Suk Hwang;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/22933/ at Seoul National University) that they fabricated findings that they derived embryonic stem cells from cloned human embryos. linkurl:According to;http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/tech_view.asp?newsIdx=9907&categoryCode=133 The Korean Times, 96 public and private Korean l

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UK identifies foot and mouth source

By | September 10, 2007

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on Friday released the findings of its investigation on the source of linkurl:last month's;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53473/ foot and mouth disease outbreak that had been traced to three neighboring labs in Pirbright, Surrey, which worked with the virus. As we linkurl:reported;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53474/ at the time, original speculations faulted the site's drainage system, which, overwhelmed by heavy rains, could ha

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UNH makes offer to banned professor

By | September 10, 2007

The University of New Hampshire sent a letter Friday (September 7) to the banned chair of the biochemistry and molecular biology department, saying that he can be reinstated but no longer as the chair of the department, a faculty member in the department just informed The Scientist. As I linkurl:reported;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53383/ in July, John Collins, who has been chair of the department for two years, was banned from campus on June 29, a day after kicking a trash can, y

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Officials release pygmy rabbit recovery plan

By | September 8, 2007

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft recovery plan for the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit, a subject I linkurl:wrote about;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53232/ in our June issue. The tiny rabbits -- on average, adults weigh just 400 grams and are only 25 centimeters long -- have been on the Federal endangered species list since 2001. That year, officials were only able to scoop up 30 of them when they searched throughout their native habitat of the Great B

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Endangered wolves don't need passports

By | September 7, 2007

As Federal agencies and farmers call for removing the linkurl:gray wolf;http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/wolf/ from the US endangered species list, a member of a species appears to have killed a calf in rural linkurl:Stevens County, Washington.;http://www.co.stevens.wa.us/Misc/about.htm; According to a US Fish and Wildlife Service press release, the kill ''appears to be the first confirmed wolf depredation on livestock in Washington State.'' The kill, which happened sometime

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More money for Calif. stem cell research

By | September 7, 2007

A bit of good news for California's stem cell researchers who have watched as the linkurl:California Institute for Regenerative Medicine;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/22768/ has weathered some linkurl:changes;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53548/ lately: California officials announced this week that $250 million in taxable general obligation bonds will be sold on September 27 with the proceeds going to CIRM, the regulatory body that oversees the state's stem cell resear

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Time for patent reform?

By | September 7, 2007

The House of Representatives this afternoon approved a linkurl:bill;http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c110:2:./temp/~c110eyTziP:: outlining major changes to the patent process. Attempts at legislation reforming the system have been linkurl:brewing;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15750/ for about five years, but biotech and pharma have vociferously protested some of the proposed changes. Chief among them is its proposal to reduce damages that can be demanded in infringement suit

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Culprit of bee woes identified?

By | September 6, 2007

Researchers have identified a virus that may be at least partially to blame for the dramatic disappearances of some honeybees in the United States recently. In a linkurl:study;http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/1146498 published online today in Science, scientists report that they've found Israeli acute paralysis virus (IAPV) in many of the US bee colonies that have been suffering from linkurl:colony collapse disorder;http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/17/science/17bees.html?ex=118922400

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