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November 27, 2014

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4:54 PM | Chang y Eng
Darin Strauss, Chang y Eng, Barcelona, Seix Barral, 2001.Termino de leer esta biografía novelada de los gemelos unidos que le dieron nombre a esta característica: siameses. Una historia, mayormente ficticia, centrada en las vidas personales de ambos. Necesariamente ficción ya que los datos al respecto son muy escasos.De todos modos, a partir de los hechos biográficos seguros se sigue la historia de estos dos personajes ciertamente interesantes, desde su nacimiento en […]
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1:39 PM | Cheating the Peer Review Process
Publish or perish. That is the motto that constantly rings in the ears of scientists across the globe. One must regularly publish data in peer reviewed journals or risk losing funding and academic status. However, publishing a paper can take years of hard work and may involve a little bit, (read: a ton), of luck. […]
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12:16 AM | Sanofi nominates Bonnie Bassler to board
She has over 20 years of experience
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12:16 AM | Novo Nordisk’s chief of staffs to leave
Company reduces number of executive from seven to six
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12:15 AM | NICE backs drug to cut alcohol consumption
Final guidance for Lundbeck’s Selincro for use on NHS in England

November 26, 2014

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9:53 PM | About that tryptophan and turkey making you sleepy–not so fast
A tiny handful of countries, most notably the US and Canada, celebrate a holiday called Thanksgiving. In the USA, the holiday is held on the fourth Thursday in November and more or less starts the so called holiday season which ends with New Year. In most of Canada (excluding the Atlantic provinces), the holiday is […]Continue reading «About that tryptophan and turkey making you sleepy–not so fast»
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5:00 PM | Increased risk of insulin resistance in rat offsprings exposed prenatally to white rice
Mustapha Umar Imam1, Maznah Ismail1,2 1 Laboratory of Molecular Biomedicine, Institute of Bioscience, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia; emails: mustyimam@gmail.com,  maznahis@upm.edu.my; fax +603-8947-2116. 2 Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia   Dietary factors and habits are ... The post Increased risk of insulin resistance in rat offsprings exposed […]
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4:10 PM | How to Perform Western Blot
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3:51 PM | What Things Are You Thankful for in Science?
As the social media lead for Promega, I keep my eye on trends in new media. I have personal accounts that I keep mostly to see what other people are doing. I try hangouts, social networking and other things so that I have an idea of developing practices outside of the biotechnology industry. One activity […]
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12:12 PM | Thanksgiving week, light posting. One holiday genome (cranberries).
There’s nobody reading the blog this week each year, everyone is traveling or napping, at least in the US. So I’ll just bring a holiday genome I came across recently. Cranberries. This fruit is one of very few native North American fruits that are widely cultivated. I went looking to see if a genome paper […]

Polashock J., Diego Fajardo, Juan Zalapa, Laura Georgi, Debashish Bhattacharya & Nicholi Vorsa (2014). The American cranberry: first insights into the whole genome of a species adapted to bog habitat, BMC Plant Biology, 14 (1) 165. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2229-14-165

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11:22 AM | FDA adds rare brain infection link to Tecfidera labelling
Biogen Idec’s MS drug gets safety warning
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11:21 AM | Amgen/AZ confirm brodalumab psoriasis filing in 2015
Drug demonstrates greater effectiveness than J&J’s Stelara
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11:20 AM | FDA needs more time to review Novartis’ cancer drug
Panobinostat is being investigated for use in multiple myeloma
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4:10 AM | Andrew Wakefield keeps trying–another appeal
Article updated on 25 November 2014. This article was written by Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, CA. She has written a valuable review of the recently published article, “Power and Persuasion in the Vaccine Debates: An Analysis of Political Efforts and Outcomes in the United States, 1998-2012”. Dr. […]Continue reading «Andrew Wakefield keeps […]
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12:16 AM | Takeda names Marc Princen as president of EUCAN
He previously served as a president at Merck
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12:15 AM | Sanofi names CSO Gary Nabel to Ebola role
He will serve as response coordinator for the company’s approach to the outbreak.
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12:02 AM | The potential of regulated wearable technology
New health-tracking technologies are set to be taken seriously as medical devices

November 25, 2014

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7:13 PM | Walk-Away Automation for Accurate and Reliable Cell Sorts
Bio-Rad Laboratories announced the launch of its S3e Cell Sorter that offers walk-away automation for accurate and reliable cell sorts of one or two populations. The S3e Cell Sorter builds on the original S3™ Cell Sorter technology with the addition of the new AutoGimbal System. This novel automated system perfectly aligns the nozzle tip and […]
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6:18 PM | Oy. I worry about this with cell line studies a lot. Mis-IDed + contaminated.
Via NCBI Announce mailing list: NCBI BioSample includes curated list of over 400 known misidentified and contaminated cell lines The NCBI BioSample database now includes a curated list of over 400 known misidentified and contaminated cell lines. Scientists should check this list before they start working with a new cell line to see if that cell line […]

A.T.C.C.S.D.O.W.A.0. (2010). Cell line misidentification: the beginning of the end, Nature Reviews Cancer, 10 (6) 441-448. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nrc2852

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12:58 PM | Novartis partners with NHS on eye service
Launches community programme in Bristol
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10:57 AM | Deaths cause Amgen to drop stomach cancer drug
Increase in patient mortality in patients taking rilotumumab during trial
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10:48 AM | Merck files once-weekly DPP-4 inhibitor in first market
Picks Japan to submit omarigliptin
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10:35 AM | Merck buys rights to NewLink’s Ebola vaccine
Drug is set to enter large phase III study in early 2015
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2:56 AM | UK e-cigarette advert comes under fire
BMA accuses campaign of glamorising smoking
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2:35 AM | Agriculture Requires Fertilizer Inputs, and That’s Good
Harvest time by joinash via Flickr. On a brown, August-dry field in Eastern Washington, a farmer in a combine cuts a 24-foot swath across a field of wheat. The harvested grain then begins a journey, first to the storage bin, then to the local elevator, on rail to a flour mill, by truck to a bakery, by oven to bread, and by car to a home where it is eaten. This is good; our foremost mandate to agriculture is to produce food. However, with this successful export of food from farm fields to nearby […]
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1:59 AM | MRC Technology and Yabao form Parkinson’s partnership in China
Companies will target specific kinase involved in neurodegeneration
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12:46 AM | Arguments that GMO opponents should delete from their brains
From my perspective as a trained scientist, skeptic and observer of political debates, there are four scientific issues that have wandered into the realm of political debate: evolution, climate change, vaccines and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) generally with regards to food and agriculture. Evolution and human caused climate change (or sometimes called anthropogenic global warming, […]Continue reading «Arguments that GMO opponents should delete from their brains»
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12:15 AM | Napp names new managing director
Alberto Martinez joins from Mundipharma
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12:02 AM | The balance of power in healthcare
Meeting patient needs and keeping pace with technological advances
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12:01 AM | Market access and the importance of early stakeholder engagement
Join the webinar on December 10
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