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Prometheus Patents Overturned

By | March 20, 2012

The US Supreme Court ruled that two dose calibration methods from biotech company Prometheus Laboratories cannot be patented.

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Debate over RNA Transcription

By | March 19, 2012

Researchers question earlier findings of a new mechanism for gene regulation.

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A FASTer FDA?

By | March 19, 2012

A new bill recently debated in the US Congress seeks to streamline the approval process for drugs.

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Top Science Policy Concerns

By | March 13, 2012

A selection of 40 top science policy questions that need to be addressed were selected and published by researchers last week.

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Trouble at the CDC?

By | March 12, 2012

Anonymous letters to The Lancet point to problems with the CDC's Center for Global Health, but the agency denies the allegations.

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Publishers Fight Open Access Bill

By | March 6, 2012

The Federal Research Public Access Act faces stiff opposition from the Association American of Publishers.

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H5N1 Insiders Speak Out

By | March 6, 2012

NSABB and Congress members voice their opinions about the new developments in the H5N1 research debate.

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Designer Aspirin Fights Cancer

By | March 5, 2012

Early experiments show that a hybrid form of the common pain reliever can effectively inhibit the growth of many tumor types.

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Anti-Open Access Bill Dies

By | February 29, 2012

Legislators have dropped the Research Works Act, which would have nixed policies that require federally funded research findings to be deposited in public databases.

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New Kind of Cellular Suicide

By | February 23, 2012

Researchers identify a gene that drives a type of cellular suicide that differs from the more commonly observed apoptosis phenomenon.

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