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NIH botched biolab safety study: NRC

By | November 30, 2007

The NIH's safety assessment of a linkurl:controversial Boston University laboratory;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/24679/ did not thoroughly develop worst case scenarios or adequately compare safety risks at other proposed sites, finds a linkurl:National Research Council report.;http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12073 The council released its 28-page report yesterday (November 29th) after the Massachusetts government commissioned it to review the NIH appraisal, which had linku

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Pluripotency without tumors?

By | November 30, 2007

Japanese researchers who linkurl:reprogrammed;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/53873/ pluripotency into adult human skin cells say they have improved the technique, according to a linkurl:paper;http://www.nature.com/nbt published online today (Nov. 30) in Nature Biotechnology. linkurl:Shinya Yamanaka;http://www.frontier.kyoto-u.ac.jp/rc02/kyojuE.html of Kyoto University and his colleagues originally used four transcription factors to induce pluripotency in linkurl:mouse;http://www.the

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Chair named for ousted surgeon

By | November 29, 2007

After spending millions on behalf of a heart surgeon's legal dispute, the University of Minnesota has agreed to shell out another half million honoring his name. linkurl:John Najarian,;http://www.surg.umn.edu/surgery/faculty/najarian_john_s.html a heart surgeon formerly at the center of a major legal dispute between the University of Minnesota and the US government, will lend his name to a newly endowed chair at the university, the __Pioneer Press__ linkurl:reported;http://tinyurl.com/2xlx59 thi

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Circulating stem cells add roaming immunity

By | November 29, 2007

Circulating stem cells from bone marrow recognize tissues in distress and stimulate an linkurl:innate immune response,;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53407/ according to findings published today in linkurl:__Cell__.;http://www.cell.com/ The researchers identified new pathways for these circulating hematopoietic cells, and propose that their travels contribute additional immune cells to tissues experiencing damage or infection. "Stem cells are much more adventurous in a way than on

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Scientists love social media

By | November 29, 2007

Do you use LinkedIn? What about Friendster? If the answer is "no" to both of these questions, or "what is LinkedIn?", you're probably in the minority. According to a survey by linkurl:BioInformatics,;http://www.gene2drug.com/reports/Default.asp?action=details&report_id=184 a marketing research company, 77 percent of life scientists reported using social media -- tools like blogs, podcasts, online communities, Wikis, and networking sites -- to get tips and protocols and to share information. Bi

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U Wash HIV researcher faked data

By | November 29, 2007

A former University of Washington researcher has lost a lawsuit against the __Seattle Times__ over the disclosure of a report detailing his research misconduct. Scott Brodie, who studied linkurl:HIV;http://www.the-scientist.com/2007/9/1/40/1/ and herpes, sued the university and the newspaper to prevent the report from becoming public, but a judge decided in the newspaper's favor last week, the __Times__ linkurl:reported;http://tinyurl.com/2ahaka Wednesday (November 28). According to the newspap

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Tumor suppressor regulates reproduction?

By | November 28, 2007

The tumor suppressor linkurl:p53;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/43281/ is a crucial player in the successful impregnation of mice, and plays a surprising new role in reproduction, according to a study published today in Nature. Arnold Levine's group at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, NJ, showed that p53 linkurl:regulates;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/50738/ a cytokine which is the most highly expressed at the onset of embryo implantation -- in fact, implantation

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US, Indonesia spar over virus samples

By | November 28, 2007

The Indonesian health minister has criticized an American scientist for taking tissue samples from a man suffering from a severe viral infection and exporting them out of the Southeast Asian country. The minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, said that foreign drug companies could use the samples, taken from the man named Dede, to develop profitable pharmaceuticals without remuneration for Indonesia. "We are offended because the samples were taken from Dede without our permission," she told British ne

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Fox Chase Cancer Center in building dispute

By | November 27, 2007

A leading cancer center in Philadelphia appears to be winning a battle with city residents to expand its clinical and research facilities. Fox Chase Cancer Center received the green light from a City Council committee Monday night to go ahead with an $800 million expansion. The Ok has been three years in the making because of objections from people who live in the area. The expansion will take up 19 acres of a park in the city, and residents don't want to see the expansion linkurl:"rip the guts

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NY med school stops teaching with dogs

By | November 27, 2007

New York Medical College in Valhalla announced yesterday that it will no longer use live dogs in physiology classrooms. According to linkurl:The Chronicle of Higher Education,;http://chronicle.com/news/article/3495/new-york-medical-college-will-halt-use-of-dogs-in-labs the school has come under fire from community groups and politicians for being the last medical college in the state to use live animals for teaching purposes. Only 11 medical schools around the country still use animals for cla

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