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July 30, 2014

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7:24 PM | High-Performance Immunoprecipitation at an Affordable Price
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. announced that it has launched its SureBeads Magnetic Bead System, which provides researchers with a faster and easier alternative to agarose beads for immunoprecipitation for as low as half the price of other available magnetic bead systems. Benefits include reduced antibody consumption and sample loss, very low nonspecific binding, and optimized IgG […]
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1:41 PM | Video Tip of the Week: PhenDisco, “phenotype discoverer” for dbGap data
The dbGaP, database of Genotypes and Phenotypes, repository at NCBI collects information from research projects that link genotype and phenotype information and human variation, across many different types of studies, providing leads on variation that may be important to understand clinical issues. Some of the data is publicly available de-identified patient information, and some of the […]

Doan S., Lin K.W., Conway M., Ohno-Machado L., Hsieh A., Feupe S.F., Garland A., Ross M.K., Jiang X. & Farzaneh S. & (2013). PhenDisco: phenotype discovery system for the database of genotypes and phenotypes., Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23989082

Tryka K.A., A. Sturcke, Y. Jin, Z. Y. Wang, L. Ziyabari, M. Lee, N. Popova, N. Sharopova, M. Kimura & M. Feolo & (2013). NCBI's Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes: dbGaP, Nucleic Acids Research, 42 (D1) D975-D979. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkt1211

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1:37 PM | Pfizer acquires Baxter Men C and encephalitis vaccines for $635m
Snaps up marketed vaccines and part of Baxter's Austrian manufacturing plant
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12:55 PM | Post Marketing Strategies More Important Than Ever In EU
How important have post marketing studies for medical devices become in the current EU regulatory environment? The answer, unsurprisingly, is that interest in post marketing studies has surged in the wake of well-publicized safety recalls and punitive actions undertaken against the manufacturers of specific products. EU players have become increasingly conscious of medical device safety ... continue reading
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10:49 AM | Are Robobees the future of agriculture?
Ruminations on the decline of the bees, tiny robots, and the future of agriculture. I have a bit of a soft spot for bees. The biologist in me has always been intrigued that such a complex and efficient social organisation can function without any central authority (for a more detailed look at how it works, […]
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10:01 AM | Amgen cuts workforce and facilities despite profit leap
US biopharma plans 12-15 per cent workforce reduction
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9:46 AM | European licence for BMS/Pfizer's Eliquis in DVT and PE
Anticoagulant catches up with Bayer's Xarelto and Boehringer's Pradaxa
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9:12 AM | Merck Serono enters anti-PD-1 fray
Moves skin cancer antibody candidate into phase II trials
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2:27 AM | Science Blogging: Got Comments?
In a recent study of science bloggers, Merja Mahrt and Cornelius Puschmann found that the blog author very much influences the degree of commenting on his or her own blog posts. How? Through language complexity and topic selection. In a content analysis of over 200 posts at scienceblogs.com, researchblogging.org, hypotheses.org, amazings.es and scilogs.de (the German partner of SciLogs.com), these researchers found blog posts that received the most comments dealt either with common […]

July 29, 2014

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11:15 PM | Roche wins Euorpean approval for new leukaemia drug
Gazyvaro now available for use in treatment of blood cancer in the EU
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11:00 PM | Walgreens’ head of pharmacy to step down
Kermit Crawford plans to retire
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10:48 PM | Riñón poliquístico
La nueva página web del Barts Pathology Museum muestra en su portada una foto impresionante: Polycystic disease - Q.201 (1897).
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9:31 PM | Rising rates of HPV-related cancer–Gardasil time for boys and girls
Currently in the United States, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that preteen girls and boys aged 11 or 12 are vaccinated against HPV. The immunization is also recommended for teenage girls and young women up to the age of 26 who did not receive it when they were younger, and teenage boys and […]Continue reading «Rising rates of HPV-related cancer–Gardasil time for boys and girls»
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7:05 PM | What Humans Can Learn From Semi-Intelligent Slime
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3:42 PM | PMCPA looks to app to simplify the APBI Code of Practice
Code regulator takes 'digitally-led' approach in partnership with The Earthworks
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1:30 PM | Stifling Science?
  On June 18, 2014, I walked into the enormous, blue lit plenary hall of the Vancouver Convention Centre excited to hear Canada’s own Janet Rossant give the opening remarks for ISSCR’s Presidential Symposium. I glanced up at the information screens and read, to my dismay, “no live tweeting from the conference.” So what’s a...Read more
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12:55 PM | Medical Device Manufacturers Should Take Note Of Notified Bodies Changes In EU
Notified bodies that wish to be recognized in Europe under the Medical Devices Directive (MDD) or Active Implantable Medical Devices Directive (AIMDD) have seen changes made in late 2013 to the documentation that they are required to submit. A new draft application form has been published by the Notified Bodies Operations Group that outlines the ... continue reading
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12:00 PM | The Chikungunya Virus is in the U.S.: Get to Know the Virus
Have you heard of the chikungunya virus? The virus (pronounced chik-en-gun-ye) was discovered in 1952 in Africa, and has been slowly making its way around the world… although the pace has been quickened in recent years. The first U.S. case was reported just earlier this month, on July 17, 2014, and a second case soon … Continue reading »
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10:25 AM | J&J’s Imbruvica wins new cancer indication
FDA backs drug’s use in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia patients with genetic mutation
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9:15 AM | Novartis' glaucoma combo cleared in Europe
Simbrinza approved to treat eye condition
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9:01 AM | Reckitt Benckiser confirms pharma spin-off plans
Will separate prescription and consumer health businesses

July 28, 2014

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11:16 PM | Amgen launches bowel cancer web portal in Spain
Aims to help healthcare professionals understand about personalised medicine
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11:15 PM | Peix appoints online marketing manager
Marie Kruger joins German agency
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11:15 PM | This month in 1989: the creation of Bristol-Myers Squibb
The emergence of a company with a new focus on healthcare and research
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11:01 PM | Cipla names Adil Zainulbhai to board
He has experience at consulting firm McKinsey & Company
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6:17 PM | Potential ‘Universal’ Blood Test for Cancer Discovered
Researchers from the University of Bradford have devised a simple blood test that can be used to diagnose whether people have cancer or not. The test will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms, saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures such as colonoscopies and biopsies being carried […]
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4:25 PM | Investigating the Role of Hair Proteins in Fighting Cancer
Many scientists seek anticancer compounds derived from plants (e.g., black raspberry extract). What about something a bit closer to home: byproducts from humans? Markowicz et al. were interested in the effects that hair degradation products could have on cancer cells, specifically melanoma. Hair from two donors, a gray-haired elderly man and a young brunette woman, […]
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3:31 PM | How strategy can make or break
Maintain business advantage by creating a strategy that is quickly and effectively adapted
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2:41 PM | Public service announcement: NIH #GSPfuture meeting livestream now
There’s a workshop running today and tomorrow, called: Future Opportunities for Genome Sequencing and Beyond: A Planning Workshop for the National Human Genome Research Institute July 28-29, 2014 Follow on Twitter at #GSPfuture Workshop Agenda It’s live streaming here:  http://www.genome.gov/GenomeTVLive/ I’m sure the recordings will be available later, though, if you come across this at […]
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2:21 PM | 3D Printing Body Parts
Ordinary inkjet printers can be converted into 3D printers that layer material, usually plastic or metal, to build up a 3D object from a blueprint. 3D printers were born in the 80s, but the last couple of years have seen huge improvements in available technology and there has been a 3D printing boom. Now you […]
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