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Huntingdon lab spared in court

By | November 2, 2007

A New Jersey court has ruled that an animal rights group cannot file a civil lawsuit against Huntingdon Life Sciences, a contract research organization in the U.S. and U.K. that has linkurl:long been the target;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15730/ of militant animal rights group. Wednesday (Oct 31) a three-judge panel in the Appellate Division threw out a lawsuit filed by the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charging Huntingdon with animal cruelty and n

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Synthetic biology square-off

By | November 2, 2007

This weekend, 59 teams of undergraduates will be descending on Cambridge, Mass., for the 4th annual International Genetically Engineered Machines competition, aka the linkurl:iGEM Jamoboree.;http://parts.mit.edu/r/parts/igem/index.cgi I'm heading up there tomorrow to blog the event live. The event is a synthetic biology contest that grew out of a short course held at MIT in 2003. Students - mostly undergrads - spend the summer designing and building genetic machines from a standard set of biolo

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The PhD pause - longer than ever?

By | November 2, 2007

Last night (Nov 1), Princeton president linkurl:Shirley Tilghman;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15410/ elicited an audible response from an audience at the Chemical Heritage Foundation when she announced that the average age at which investigators receive their first NIH grant has climbed to 42.9 years. We all duly murmured astonishingly, as she called this the "LaGuardia effect" -- as in, scientists are spending more time circling in the air before they can land. (This got

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Linguistic chimp dies

By | November 1, 2007

Washoe, a primate pioneer in the study of non-human language acquisition, died Tuesday night (October 30th) of natural causes at her home on the campus of Central Washington University. She was 42 years old. The chimp was one of the first to learn American Sign Language when, in 1966, University of Nevada researchers Allen and Beatrix Gardner began teaching Washoe to sign. Washoe, who was named after the Nevada county where she lived with the Gardeners until 1970, would eventually acquire a voc

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Animal rights group targets neuroscientist

By | October 31, 2007

An animal rights group says it vandalized the home of a Los Angeles neuroscientist, adding yet another incident to a string of recent attacks on UCLA researchers. The incident is being investigated by the FBI and local authorities. An anonymous linkurl:statement;http://www.animalliberationpressoffice.org/communiques/2007-10-25_uclalondon.htm posted on the Web site of the North American Animal Liberation Press Office described in detail how the perpetrators, members of the Animal Liberation Fron

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Glaxo stalls new patent rules

By | October 31, 2007

At an 11-th hour hearing, a Federal court in Virginia today issued an injunction that will temporarily block controversial new patent rules from taking effect tomorrow (November 1). The court hearing concerned the linkurl:lawsuit;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53705/ filed by GlaxoSmithKline against the US Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month, on the grounds that the patent agency did not have the authority to create the new rules. The final version of the linkurl:new rul

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Hummus, with a side of salmonella

By | October 30, 2007

One of my favorite email digests I receive every day is from ProMEDmail, the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases. It's an endless source of story ideas, from linkurl:chikungunya;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23145/ to linkurl:bipartisan bacteria;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15817/ to lab accidents. (Not to mention linkurl:pygmy rabbits.) ;http://www.promedmail.org/pls/askus/f?p=2400:1001:5828125031687364952::NO::F2400_P1001_BACK_PAGE,F2400_P1001_PUB_MAIL_ID:1000,

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A bad review, reviewed

By | October 26, 2007

A science journalist and university president are trading barbs this week over the administrator's less-than-glowing book review in Nature. Last week, Nature published a linkurl:letter;http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v449/n7164/full/449781b.html from science policy journalist Daniel Greenberg, who linkurl:criticized;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/24892/ the review of his latest book in the journal. (Greenberg linkurl:spoke to us;http://www.the-scientist.com/podcasts/thew

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RIP, pygmy rabbit

By | October 26, 2007

Readers who have been following my linkurl:coverage of attempts to save the endangered pygmy rabbit;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/daily/53232/ may remember linkurl:Onyx, ;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53292/ a male rabbit I accompanied in April as his keepers moved him into temporary quarters to see how he would do in a ''prerelease setting.'' Onyx, who is 75% Columbia Basin rabbit and 25% Idaho rabbit -- the Columbia rabbits are officially endangered, and there has linkurl:be

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NIH nearing the end of peer review review

By | October 25, 2007

NIH will hold a final working group meeting tomorrow (October 25) to discuss how to linkurl:amend peer review.;http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/index.html The agency linkurl:kicked off;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53276/ its review of peer review this summer with the aim of "optimizing its efficiency and effectiveness" - a process many researchers have agreed is needed. The plan is to present results of the series of meetings at the end of this year, and to propose recommendatio

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