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Life sciences lose in State of the Union

By | January 29, 2008

In his linkurl:State of the Union;http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/01/20080128-13.html address last night, President Bush asked Congress to double the funding of basic research in the physical sciences, but asked life scientists to keep their work "ethical," reiterating his stance on the need for legislation banning human cloning. To bolster his call to ban human cloning, the President cited recent research by Yamanaka and Thomson, who both reported last November that stem cell-lik

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NIH asks UConn to return grant money

By | January 28, 2008

The National Institutes of Health is asking that the University of Connecticut return $65,005 in grant money for not complying with animal welfare laws, according to an Email sent to the university health center by the National Eye Institute. The bulk of the money had been award to the university for research performed by neurologist linkurl:David Waitzman.;http://grad.uchc.edu/phdfaculty/waitzman.html Between the fall of 2005 and summer of 2006, Waitzman received several citations from the US

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Amyloid blockers may be a dead end

By | January 27, 2008

With few approved drugs available to treat Alzheimer disease, researchers are working on new compounds that block amyloid formation. But many potential drugs in the pipeline for the disease and other amyloid-associated illnesses may not be as promising as thought, according to a new linkurl:study;http://www.nature.com/nchembio/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nchembio.65.html published today (January 27) in Nature Chemical Biology. The research, led by linkurl:Brian Shoichet;http://ucsf.edu/dbps/facu

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Cha vs. Flamm: The endless lawsuit

By | January 25, 2008

In yet another twist in an ongoing linkurl:legal battle,;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54035/ a Los Angeles Superior Court judge yesterday (Jan. 24) reinstated a linkurl:defamation lawsuit;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53709/ filed by Kwang Yul Cha, a fertility researcher who published a controversial 2001 linkurl:study;http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11584476&dopt=AbstractPlus linking in vitro fertilization success to prayer. The

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It's not just toxicity that gets you

By | January 25, 2008

You may remember the hubbub about four years ago, when it emerged that antidepressants can cause suicidal thoughts in kids. After investigating the issue, the FDA ordered companies to place a "black box" warning noting suicidality as a potential side effect of the medication. But antidepressants aren't the only drugs that can cause psychiatric problems. The New York Times linkurl:reported;http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/24/washington/24fda.html?ref=health&pagewanted=print yesterday (January 2

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Artificial life, a step closer

By | January 24, 2008

Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Md., say they've joined together chemically synthesized fragments of DNA to assemble the synthetic genome of the world's smallest free-living bacterium. Previously, only viral genomes had been synthesized in the lab, but synthesizing the genome of __Mycoplasma genitalium__, a bacterium that inhabits the genitals and respiratory tracts of primates, represents the first bacterial genome and the largest molecule of defined structure ever m

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Double vision in biomedicine

By | January 24, 2008

A significant portion of biomedical research papers contain plagiarism, according to linkurl:a report;http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080123/full/news.2008.520.html in this week's Nature. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center used a new text-search program to linkurl:scan papers;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53503/ and now estimate that the 17 million articles on Medline may contain 200,000 duplicates. One of the nabbed authors is a "big shot" at "o

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How biotechs get on CSI

By | January 24, 2008

A new Web site launched this week from a biotech company around for nearly 50 years contains something you won't see on other biotech sites: A clip from one of the most popular television shows, linkurl:watched by;http://www.nielsenmedia.com/nc/portal/site/Public/menuitem.43afce2fac27e890311ba0a347a062a0/?vgnextoid=9e4df9669fa14010VgnVCM100000880a260aRCRD nearly 14 million Americans last week. Yes, that's right: CSI. Approximately two years ago, the Newark, DE-based company Analtech, which manu

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Is blogging for biotech?

By | January 24, 2008

Should linkurl:biotechs stake out real estate;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15671/ in the blogosphere? This question came up at a linkurl:media panel;http://www.delawarebio.org/ I attended yesterday in Delaware, hosted by the Delaware BioScience Association. Towards the end of the session, our moderator, linkurl:Lee Marshall;http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/?front_door=true of Business Wire, posed that question to Gary Haber of The News Journal in Wilmington, linkurl:P

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New evidence for pancreatic stem cells

By | January 24, 2008

Researchers have long linkurl:debated;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/home/53256/ the presence of stem cells in the pancreas that generate insulin-producing beta cells. Now researchers have shown that beta cells are indeed produced in the adult mouse pancreas, which means the tissue must contain stem cells. The linkurl:paper,;http://www.cell.com/content/article/abstract?uid=PIIS0092867407016169, published today (January 24) in Cell, "reconciles some conflicting observations that have been aro

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