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French Anderson sentenced to 14 years

By | February 3, 2007

French Anderson was sentenced today (Feb 2) to 14 years in prison, after he was linkurl:found guilty;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23996/ last summer of four counts of molestation. His victim, now 19 years old, is the daughter of his colleague, and the abuse started when she was 10 years old. Soon after the conviction, the University of Southern California (USC) released a statement that it had suspended Anderson and was initiating dismissal proceedings to remove his tenure and fac

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Why you can?t smell infidelity

By | January 30, 2007

Some data have shown, not quite conclusively, that the major histocompatibility complex profile of a man plays some role in the type of woman he attracts. Women prefer non-matching MHC profiles, sometimes, but not all the time. These preferences haven't been followed up much in those aspects that go beyond simple mate choice. A newly published study in linkurl:__Psychological Science__;http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0956-7976&site=1 looked at 48 couples in long-term relatio

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Anti-malarials, from China to Africa

By | January 26, 2007

Last month, Merrill Goozner linkurl:reported;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/36878/ on the success of artemisinin, in combination with other drugs, to treat malaria in Thailand and China. Reuters linkurl:reported;http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/B155919.htm last week that the Li Guoqian, the first person to use artemisinin in a human trial, now wants to use artemisinin to eradicate malaria on the African island nation of Comoros. (Read Goozner's profile of Li's work linkurl:

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Zerhouni for a day?

By | January 21, 2007

Ever find yourself thinking, 'boy, if I ran the NIH, things would be different?' Well, two bloggers named Geoff Davis and Peter Fiske want to give you that chance -- virtually. Yesterday, at the linkurl:North Carolina Science Blogging Conference;http://wiki.blogtogether.org/blogtogether/ , Davis announced 'Zerhouni for a Day,' a linkurl:feature;http://blog.phds.org/2007/1/19/challenge on their blog soliciting comments on what you would do if you were charge of the NIH and NSF. The trends in NIH

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Public choosing science on PBS

By | January 8, 2007

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is living up to its name, and asking the public to choose what they want to see about science. On Wednesday nights at 8 PM in January, the channel is broadcasting pilot episodes from three different TV series about science, and asking the public to decide which program deserves its own series on PBS. We have three options: "Wired Science" adopts content from Wired magazine, "Science Investigators" answers a series of scientific questions

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Walsh still not disclosing conflicts?

By | December 29, 2006

Even as Federal prosecutors linkurl:may be deciding;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/37502/ to focus their efforts on alleged misconduct by NIH researcher linkurl:Thomas Walsh;http://ccr.nci.nih.gov/Staff/Staff.asp?profileid=5598 , Walsh is apparently still not disclosing all of his potential conflicts of interest in his publications. Walsh -- who engaged in ''serious misconduct'' by accepting more than $100,000 in consulting fees from drug and biotech companies without disclosing the

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FDA: Clone it, then eat it

By | December 28, 2006

Good news for those of you who have been keeping a cloned T-bone in your freezer waiting to see if it's safe to eat: In an announcement that surprised no one, the FDA today linkurl:gingerly said;http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01541.html that it's OK to eat cloned cows and pigs. Cloned milk and meat more than likely won't even need a label. The timing of the announcement suggests that the FDA wanted as little scrutiny of the report as possible ?- the week before Christmas and New Yea

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The eponymy game

By | December 19, 2006

I love a good bit of unintentional levity. One of my favorite discoveries is when an interviewee -- one of our own or even in another publication -- has a name that fits their field just a little too well. Now, call me a suspicious Aloysius, but when it happens twice in a week, in the same publication, I start getting wary. Today Jane Brody for the __New York Times__ writes on the linkurl:important exercises;http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/19/health/19brody.html for maintaining health in aging

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Dover: ?A non-controversial and dull topic?

By | December 13, 2006

Dull and non-controversial: That?s how bioethics pundit Art Caplan described the focus of a panel last night at the Philadelphia?s Franklin Institute titled ?Science, Faith and Darwin,? set to accompany their Darwin exhibit running through the end of December. Caplan meant to be wry, but with a panel (and seemingly an entire auditorium) full of folks in agreement, no sparks flew. That?s not to say there wasn?t star power. Judge John E. Jones who presided over the Kitzmiller v. Dover case over

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Ready for your closeup?

By | December 4, 2006

You might have noticed last week, the launch of linkurl:JoVE, the journal of visualized experiments;http://www.myjove.com/index.stt which gives quick, free, video how-to?s on laboratory protocols. As someone who loves techniques but hates reading dry materials and methods sections, this is a darned neat idea. Blogger Pimm tracked its linkurl:web awareness here,;http://pimm.wordpress.com/2006/11/30/jove-stats-blogosphere-and-nature-news-traffic-before-official-launch/ and apparently it spiked a

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