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BIO and the Fourth Estate

By | May 7, 2007

The annual linkurl:BIO International Convention; is under way in Boston, and already TV programs, newspaper articles and blogs are fizzing with stories of the great and the good in biotechnology. But there will be one notable exception to the blanket coverage of the event. Reporters entering the press room were greeted with a sign stating that the media will not be able to attend the linkurl:keynote presentation on Tuesday;


A scientist/Chippendale dancer?

By | May 4, 2007

Anyone planning to watch "Pirate Master"? It's a new reality TV show on CBS where cameras follow 16 people as they live on a pirate ship and search the Caribbean for clues to find $1 million. I didn't even know the show existed until my online search for news brought me to the homepage of one contestant, linkurl:John Lakness; -- whose occupation is listed as "scientist/Chippendale dancer." Relax, ladies -- he'


Grief and the NAS

By | May 2, 2007

I sent a note to our editorial board member, Steve Block, to congratulate him on his linkurl:election into the National Academies of Science; this week. He got back to me mentioning that the honor was juxtaposed with grief over the recent death of "our beloved lab espresso machine." Just as I was thinking, "What an odd name for a Labrador!" I remembered the linkurl:stupendous coffee maker;http://www.stanf


Cloned wolf real, panel says

By | April 27, 2007

A South Korean panel that investigated a pulled wolf cloning study ruled today (April 27) that the research team indeed cloned gray wolves, but committed errors in presenting their findings. The journal Cloning and Stem Cells pulled the study linkurl:earlier this month; after the authors asked to make changes to the text. Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage on Monday.


Journal retracts duplicate publication

By | April 26, 2007

The journal Fertility and Sterility has retracted a linkurl:duplicate paper; about the use of real-time PCR in premature ovarian failure, following a Korean researcher's linkurl:claim; that the work was copied from another paper he co-authored in a Korean journal. The scientist listed on both papers has been barred from contributing to the journal for three years. The paper was retracted because


Flagellar tangle

By | April 25, 2007

Call it a row, a kerfluffle, a spat, or what have you. A linkurl:paper in __PNAS__; has whipped up some convoluted discussion in science and non-science blogs. Here's the basic run down: 1. A group publishes an linkurl:explanation; for the stepwise evolution of the flagellum, an interesting scientific question, which linkurl:intelligent designers (IDers);


50 plum new grants from HHMI

By | April 12, 2007

Howard Hughes Medical Institute is opening a new competition for US investigators. It plans to fund as many as 50 new researchers by Spring 2008 representing an investment of $600 million. Unlike the traditional HHMI investigator programs which have relied on nominations from the investigator's institution these are open to direct application (similar to a plan they announced in a smaller scale for physician scientists last November). The grants are meant for early career investigators (betwe


We may have been right on Senate stem cell vote

By | April 12, 2007

In December, following the November US midterm elections, Richard Gallagher, the editor of The Scientist, wrote a linkurl:hopeful editorial; on the future of stem cell funding in the US. In it, he suggested that the Senate was just one vote shy of the 67-33 vote it would need to overturn a Presidential veto on the bill. He may have been right. Yesterday, the Senate voted 63-34 to approve the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. The three senator


Feudin? genetics style

By | April 9, 2007

A nice linkurl:AP story; talks about the hypothesis that much of the fuel for the famed Hatfield-McCoy feud might be attributed to Von Hippel-Lindau disease, a rare genetic disorder that predisposes those affected to highly-vascularized tumors. The reasoning is that adrenal tumors might be responsible for many of the McCoys' notorious tempers. There are some great quotes from actual family memb


Stem cell patent dispute: Wisc. fights back

By | April 4, 2007

In the fallout from a linkurl:major decision; by the US patent agency to reject key stem cell patents for embryonic linkurl:stem cell research; held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has taken to the airwaves to defend the state's intellectual property. In a linkurl:statement; released yeste


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