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April 19, 2014

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12:17 AM | BiotechDueDiligence Journal Watch
Happy holidays to those celebrating Easter and Passover this week. Enjoy the latest round-up of significant and thought-provoking scientific and medical journal articles. Find previous editions in the archives. [...]

April 18, 2014

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5:12 PM | Is Psychology really science? Why, yes it is!
The following is a guest blog post by Tanya Karam, @PsychAllDay on Twitter. In my own research in science and environmental communication, I've recently discovered the importance of human psychology in understanding human processing of scientific information and human behaviors toward the environment. So I asked Tanya to write a blog post about the science of psychology... Enjoy! On the first day of the first psychology class I ever taught, before I was able to get through the syllabus, a […]
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4:39 PM | Can Fruit Flies Glow in the Dark?
Question: How is a fruit fly like a firefly? No, this is not an obvious answer (their names start with the letter “f”) or the beginning of a bad entomology joke. These two organisms may both be winged insects, but as it turns out, what makes the firefly light show such a special treat on […]

Mofford D.M., Reddy G.R. & Miller S.C. (2014). Latent luciferase activity in the fruit fly revealed by a synthetic luciferin., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID:

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1:16 PM | Friday SNPpets
Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment… RT @genetics_blog: IMG/M 4 version of the integrated #metagenomics comparative analysis system http://t.co/e1mVzYzSYY RT @mikaelhuss: Russ […]

April 17, 2014

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9:55 PM | Right Turn: Time to stop the bleeding
Recently Revmedx, a pioneer in the biomaterial wound dressing field, made some waves with the commercialization of its product XStatTM . XStatTM received a lot of press because of its FDA approval for use against gunshot wounds and shrapnel-related injuries in the battlefield. It is used to help stop the bleeding and help sustain the...Read more
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9:33 PM | Kepler-186f: ecco il cugino della Terra
Chiamato Kepler-186f, il nuovo pianeta è più grande del 10% rispetto alla Terra ed è il più esterno di cinque pianeti che ruotano intorno ad una nana rossa. Poiché il pianeta ruota intorno ad una stella piccola e piuttosto fredda viene considerato più come un cugino della Terra che non un suo gemelloRead more →
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9:15 PM | Don’t Let qPCR Retraction Happen to You
The critical guidelines for publishing Real-Time PCR results, better known as the Minimum Information for Publication of Quantitative Real-Time PCR Experiments (or MIQE for short), have become an essential component of any trust-worthy real-time qPCR experiment. First published in 2009 by Bustin et al, MIQE formed a set of guidelines that provided all relevant experimental […]
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7:06 PM | Biotechnology news and events
Ranchers and others in the industry looking to beef up their knowledge of feed efficiency will want to tune in to a webinar on May 1st hosted by the Beef Cattle Research Council.The webinar will look at where researchers are in terms of linking genomics to feed efficiency, where the research is going, and how cow-calf producers can boost feed efficiency in their herds by selecting based on residual feed intake.
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2:00 PM | No soup for you
Close your eyes for a minute (after this paragraph) and think about the technology you have around your house. Maybe your TV, DVD player, your smartphone, your tablet. Maybe you like the way it works. But could it be better? Could it be safer? Could it be more environmentally friendly? Would a new OS provide new features? What if researchers and engineers worked for years and years on a way to improve your favorite products, but other people tried to keep it away from you? Blocked your upgrade […]
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1:39 PM | What’s the Answer? (new Biostars interface)
BioStars is a site for asking, answering and discussing bioinformatics questions and issues. We are members of the community and find it very useful. Often questions and answers arise at BioStars that are germane to our readers (end users of genomics resources). Every Thursday we will be highlighting one of those items or discussions here […]

Parnell L.D., Lindenbaum P., Shameer K., Dall'Olio G.M., Swan D.C., Jensen L.J., Cockell S.J., Pedersen B.S., Mangan M.E. & Miller C.A. & (2011). BioStar: An Online Question & Answer Resource for the Bioinformatics Community, PLoS Computational Biology, 7 (10) e1002216. DOI:

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12:00 PM | Playing With Barbies May Dampen Girls’ Career Aspirations
Have you ever wondered how playing with certain dolls, or other toys, can affect a child’s future career choices? The researchers involved in a recent study on this subject did and they got some interesting results. Overall, they found that a girl who played with a Mrs. Potato Head doll thought she had a wider … Continue reading »
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11:55 AM | Chromosomal Clues to Past Pregnancy Loss
Genetics is, in a sense, timeless. DNA sequences stay mostly the same in an individual over a lifetime. Minus the inevitable somatic mutations, the genome of a fertilized ovum is much the same as that of the 80-year-old it might one day become.… Read the restThe post Chromosomal Clues to Past Pregnancy Loss appeared first on DNA Science Blog.
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10:21 AM | GSK corruption claims extend to Jordan and Lebanon
Follows bribery allegations in Poland, China and Iraq
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10:12 AM | Reckitt Benckiser may spin out pharma division
Moves to focus on consumer health and household goods
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9:45 AM | Boehringer lines up biosimilars of major drugs
Prospects include copies of Humira, Avastin and MabThera
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9:31 AM | Ogilvy HealthPR appoints social media manager
Rebecca Canvin joins from Brandcast Media/ Health
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9:31 AM | Unicheck recognised for innovation
Wins a Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award for anti-counterfeiting platform
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9:30 AM | Genzyme backs first International Pompe Day
Raises awareness of rare neuromuscular disease

April 16, 2014

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11:01 PM | Integrating multichannel marketing
External forces are driving the need for pharma to use a greater variety of channels to reach customers
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11:00 PM | Tuberculosis: treatment and prevention
One of the most significant global diseases, effective new TB therapies are sorely needed
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9:41 PM | More of a fizz than a bang: HiSeq 1TB is now available
Illumina launched the much anticipated v4 kits for 1TB (PE125bp) sequencing on HiSeq 2500 today: we're about to jump from 600GB in ten days to 1Tb in six - awesome and awe inspiring!We've been waiting for this "upgrade" for since an Illumina workshop presentation at AGBT in 2011. Recently there has speculation that this upgrade would be released to customers in June, but the availability of the kits comes ahead of any confirmation (for this lab at least) that our machine can make use of them. […]
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7:42 PM | Invasive Species Costing Europeans Billions Per Year
The EU must take urgent action to halt the spread of invasive species that are threatening native plants and animals across Europe, according to a scientist from Queen’s University Belfast. The threats posed by these species cost an estimated €12 billion each year across Europe. Professor Jaimie Dick, from the Institute for Global Food Security […]
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3:06 PM | OpenSciLogs is here: The Evolution of Popular Science
The first #OpenSciLogs story project - meant to be participatory, "open notebook" science blogging - is here! Check out our Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign page, and participate in the story yourself via this Google Doc! Indiegogo Campaign Page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-evolution-of-popular-science/x/7060786#home OpenSciLogs by http://www.scilogs.com/ is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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2:45 PM | How Molecular Profiling Has Transformed Modern Targeted Cancer Therapies
Advances in genomic analysis technologies have brought us to an important phase in clinical trial design and targeted cancer therapies. Today, leading academic cancer research centers around the globe are continuing to break new ground as oncologists go beyond empirical testing measures to target specific oncogenic pathways tailored to a narrow group of patients with ... continue reading
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2:11 PM | The Genetic Legacy of Interbreeding with Neandertals
Publishing a draft of the Neandertal genome (1) opened up whole new avenues to understanding the ancestry of modern humans. No longer constrained to comparing the morphology of fossilized remains, scientists can now delve into the genetic differences between anatomically modern humans and our close relative Homo neanderthalensis. From these genetic studies, we are learning […]
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1:37 PM | Video Tip of the Week: NaviCell for custom interaction maps for systems biology
The onslaught of sequence data from a whole range of species and tissues continues, and certainly will for a long time. But moving from there to the level of understanding the interactions among the genes that contribute to the structures, behaviors, and phenotypes of the systems requires other types of supporting software. NaviCell is a […]

Kuperstein I., Cohen D.P., Pook S., Viara E., Calzone L., Barillot E. & Zinovyev A. (2013). NaviCell: a web-based environment for navigation, curation and maintenance of large molecular interaction maps, BMC Systems Biology, 7 (1) 100. DOI:

Funahashi A., Matsuoka Y., Jouraku A., Morohashi M., Kikuchi N. & Kitano H. (2008). CellDesigner 3.5: A Versatile Modeling Tool for Biochemical Networks, Proceedings of the IEEE, 96 (8) 1254-1265. DOI:

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11:01 AM | NICE gives partial backing to Ferring's prostate cancer drug
Firmagon on course for use on NHS in England and Wales
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10:52 AM | BioAlliance and Topotarget merge to focus on rare cancers
French and Danish firms combine to develop orphan oncology drugs
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9:40 AM | Sanofi takes to Twitter to support Spanish pharmacy portal
Says new account on the social network will help support community pharmacists
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9:40 AM | Menarini launches urology campaign in Greece
PE information push includes Not Just A Moment website
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