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Craig Venter's DNA

By Alla Katsnelson | September 4, 2007

J. Craig Venter, famed geneticist (and member of The Scientist's linkurl:editorial board;https://www.the-scientist.com/about/themagazine/editorialboard/ ) who this summer made headlines with the development of a technique for creating a linkurl:synthetic;https://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53341/ bacterial cell, once again hit the news with today's linkurl:publication;http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0050254 of his own genome in a paper

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Have a question about pandas?

By Ivan Oransky | August 31, 2007

In May, we brought you a linkurl:story;https://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53115/ by Jerry Guo, who traveled to China to report on efforts to boost that country's population of pandas. (See a slideshow about the panda facility linkurl:here;https://www.the-scientist.com/2007/5/1/19/100/ .) One of the people Guo interviewed was Lu Zhi, director of Conservation International's China office. Zhi questioned some of China's efforts, especially those at Wolong Nature Reserve, which is planning

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NIH to bank genome-wide association data

By Alla Katsnelson | August 29, 2007

As of January 25, 2008, researchers conducting genome-wide association studies with NIH funding will be required to submit their data, stripped of information that could identify individual study participants, to the a linkurl:central repository;http://www.genome.gov/Pages/About/OD/OPG/GWASFR-082807.pdf at the National Library of Medicine. The database will allow researchers not connected with an original study to mine another lab?s data in search of further gene associations. linkurl:Plans;ht

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Questions about NIH agency chief linger

By Bob Grant | August 29, 2007

One lawmaker has levied more allegations of mismanagement against linkurl:David Schwartz;https://www.the-scientist.com/news/home/53502/ , director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Last week, Schwartz temporarily stepped down from his position while the National Institutes of Health, which oversees NIEHS, conducts a linkurl:"comprehensive review of the management and leadership";http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/aug2007/od-20.htm at the agency. Senator linkurl:Charles Grassley

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Head scientist leaves CIRM

By Bob Grant | August 27, 2007

Arlene Chiu, the interim chief scientific officer at the linkurl:California Institute for Regenerative Medicine;https://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/22768/ , has announced that she will step down from her post at the end of October. In a CIRM statement Chiu writes that she'll be moving from San Francisco, where CIRM is headquartered to her home in Los Angeles to "pursue new professional directions." Chiu will serve as a consultant to the agency through April 2008, advising newly chosen

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HHMI pays for open access

By Alison McCook | August 21, 2007

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has decided to pay article processing charges if HHMI-funded scientists choose to publish in open access journals from BioMed Central (BMC). Articles published in BMC journals will be immediately free on the Web. The current BMC linkurl:article-processing charge;http://www.biomedcentral.com/info/about/apcfaq#howmuch ranges from $500 to $2400, depending on the journal. These charges will not come out of an HHMI investigator's budget, so will therefore be in a

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Has pharmacogenomics arrived?

By Alla Katsnelson | August 17, 2007

The FDA yesterday linkurl:updated the label;http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01684.html on a widely used blood thinner, warfarin, to include information about how a patient's genes will linkurl:predict response;https://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/14864/ to the drug. Patients with certain genetic variations should receive a lower dose of the drug, according to the added text. Although a handful of drugs already note such genetic information on their labels, most of these are

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Anthrax incident in Mississippi

By Andrea Gawrylewski | August 15, 2007

A graduate researcher at the linkurl:University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC);http://www.umc.edu/ in Jackson, Mississippi, was treated for exposure to anthrax on Saturday (August 11), according to a news release from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The researcher was working in the Biosafety Level 3 high containment lab on Saturday, August 11, where UMC conducts anthrax research. According to the UMC release, the student inoculated a flask of medium with anthrax cells and,

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Hold members of Congress accountable

By Alla Katsnelson | August 13, 2007

When linkurl:Research!America;http://www.researchamerica.org/ polled the US public in July on biomedical research and health care issues, 70% of registered voters who participated believed that the country's primacy in biomedical research is slipping. Almost half believed that the country must boost linkurl:NIH funding;https://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53288/, and more than half supported federal funding for linkurl:embryonic stem cell research;https://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/2

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No backing down on bisphenol A

By Alison McCook | August 13, 2007

A 12-member NIH panel is linkurl:disagreeing;http://www.cspinet.org/integrity/watch/200708131.html#4 with a scientific consensus statement published this month about the health hazards of linkurl:bisphenol;https://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15654/ A, a common component of plastics. In the statement, in Reproductive Toxicology, 38 scientists warn that the product may cause serious human reproductive disorders. As linkurl:we reported;https://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/52888/ in F

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