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Another bump for Boston biolab

By | December 14, 2007

Plans for a Biosafety Level 4 containment linkurl:lab;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23468/ at Boston University hit another bump in the road yesterday (December 13), when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously that the state's environmental approval process for the project had been deeply flawed. The assessment echoed a recent National Research Council linkurl:review,;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53944/ which concluded last month that the NIH had al

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Cat trouble brewing

By | December 14, 2007

Allerca - the company that claims to breed and sell hypoallergenic cats - may have just exhausted at least one more of its nine lives. I learned this week that the company has skipped out on filing three years' worth of state taxes, and recently penalized a customer and told her they would refund her deposit because of linkurl:comments;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/52947/#comments she wrote on __The Scientist's__ website. The story begins with an linkurl:investigative feature;http:

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Fox Chase gets expansion OK

By | December 14, 2007

Following a linkurl:lengthy dispute;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53902/ with community residents, Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia got approval from the city council last night (December 13) on its master plan for an $800 million expansion. According to linkurl:Fox Chase's website,;http://www.fccc.edu/news/2007/IDD-12-14-07.html this is the first of two ordnances to get approval. The next step - and the point of contention with opponents - will be to get the council's approva

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NIH scientist terrorized?

By | December 14, 2007

Last week the Animal Liberation Front targeted an obstetrician/gynecologist who is funded by the National Institutes of Health and uses non-human primates in his research. The Associated Press linkurl:reported;http://www.kgw.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D8TCV7J03.html that Oregon Health & Science University researcher, linkurl:Miles Novy,;http://www.ohsu.edu/obgyn/novy/mncv.htm woke up last Thursday (Dec 6) to find one of his cars spray painted with the word "sadist" and another painted w

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Singapore loses star stem cell scientist

By | December 14, 2007

Despite billions of dollars invested by the Singapore government to turn the country into a global biomedical research hub, another prominent researcher is leaving, The Chronicle of Higher Education linkurl:reported;http://chronicle.com/news/article/3628/british-stem-cell-scientist-is-latest-prominent-researcher-to-leave-singapore yesterday. Alan Colman, who contributed to cloning Dolly the sheep, is abandoning his post as executive director of the Singapore Stem Cell Consortium. He is the thir

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Calif. stem cell grants, conflicts

By | December 13, 2007

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) announced 22 New Faculty Awards yesterday (Dec 12) while releasing the names of five institutions from which applications were rejected for apparent conflicts of interest. The grants, awarded to young researchers at institutions throughout the state, total more than $54 million, bringing the amount of research dollars awarded by California's stem cell agency to $260 million since its 2004 inception. The institute confirmed it had reject

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Canadian reactor to reopen

By | December 13, 2007

A linkurl:shuttered;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54006/ Canadian nuclear reactor that normally produces radioisotopes crucial to a variety of medical diagnoses will reopen soon. Emergency legislation linkurl:passed;http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/285209 by the Canadian government late Tuesday (Dec 11) will allow the reactor to open for 120 days and resume production of the isotopes. Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, was apparently none too happy with the parties

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Glow-in-the-dark cats

By | December 13, 2007

What a year for felines - first a company linkurl:claims to have bred;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/39383 them to be hypoallergenic and now South Korean scientists have made them glow in the dark. According to news linkurl:reports;http://tinyurl.com/2cseps this week, Kong Il-keun at Gyeongsang National University cloned Turkish Angora cats with red fluorescent protein inserted into their genome. According to Korea.net, Il-keun is excited about the possibility of using the cat as a

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Hope for paused AIDS vaccine

By | December 13, 2007

Following the recent linkurl:failure;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53633 of a linkurl:Merck HIV vaccine,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53517 the NIH has still not decided whether to continue with planned clinical trials of a similar HIV vaccine. Yesterday (December 12), the AIDS Vaccine Research Committee of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases met to discuss the PAVE100 study, which was suspended after linkurl:data from the Merck trials;http://w

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Stem cells for Duchenne?

By | December 12, 2007

Adult stem cells taken from humans suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy can be genetically modified and used to treat the disease in a mouse model, researchers linkurl:report;http://www.cellstemcell.com/ today in Cell Stem Cell. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a progressive condition caused by a mutation on the X chromosome that leads to a lack of dystrophin protein in muscle. The mutation is usually caused by a deletion or mutation in the gene, leading to a shift in the reading frame of m

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