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September 02, 2014

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5:00 PM | Holding institutions responsible for research misconduct: The recent case of a death of stem cell scientist
Written by Dr. Zubin Master, Assistant Professor at the Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College and Research Associate at the University of Alberta’s Health Law Institute. This article is being published simultaneously on the Alden March Bioethics Institute blog, the Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell blog and Signals Blog.  Scientist Yoshiki Sasai, age 52, committed suicide and was found dead...Read more
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3:45 PM | Taxi sharing: nuovo sistema targato Mit e Cnr per risparmiare. A Palermo è già realtà
Mit e Cnr hanno sviluppato uno speciale algoritmo (HubCab) che aiuterà a snellire il traffico, l’inquinamento e soprattutto consentirà di risparmiare un bel pò le corse in taxi, sfruttando il meccanismo del taxi sharing. I ricercatori hanno sviluppato un sistema…Read more →
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3:24 PM | Genzyme continues MS drug rollout across EU
Lemtrada and Aubagio now available in Republic of Ireland
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3:19 PM | Acqua e sostenibilità: pubblicata la nuova norma ISO
La Water Footprint misura l’impatto che i processi produttivi hanno sulle risorse idriche. La norma è stata pubblicata a pochi giorni dall’avvio della World Water Week di StoccolmaRead more →
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12:21 PM | Neanderthal: dotato di pensiero simbolico
Scoperta una grotta a Gibilterra con un incisione rupestre scolpita oltre 39.000 anni fa che lascierebbe pensare ad una forma di pensiero astratto di cui erano dotati gli uomini sapiens. Il ritrovamento di queste incisioni, avvenuto sulla roccia dolomitica di…Read more →
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12:00 PM | Making Glowing Plants
Can you imagine using a plant instead of a light bulb to light up a room? Or a tree to light up a street instead of a lamp post? These inspiring, sustainability-focused ideas were what the Glowing Plant Project used to raise public support in creating plants that glow. And not just simply glow — … Continue reading »
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10:23 AM | Exelixis axes staff as lead cancer programme fails
Plans to cut workforce by 70% after cabozantinib disappoints in phase III
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10:04 AM | Novo Nordisk debuts diabetes combo in Mexico
Requires fewer daily injections than current insulin treatment
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9:46 AM | Germany’s IQWiG denies Astellas’ incontinence drug
But Janssen receives recommendation for hepatitis C treatment Olysio

September 01, 2014

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11:31 PM | TiGenix appoints Dr Marie Paule Richard as chief medical officer
She brings experience to the role from Aicuris and Crucell
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11:31 PM | H4B's charity team launches Catalyst4Change
The comms agency aims to 'help smaller charities be heard'
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11:30 PM | Can egos and politics be put aside for the greater good?
Health providers, government and the pharmaceutical industry must get together to create powerful single-minded marketing
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11:30 PM | International Pharmaceutical Federation names president
Spain’s Carmen Peña is first female to hold the role
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11:03 PM | Can egos and politics be put aside for the greater good
Health providers, government and the pharmaceutical industry must get together to create powerful single-minded marketing
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9:50 PM | Why Every Journalism Student Should Blog
Last week, I took my PhD comprehensive exams. For my particular PhD program in mass communication, comprehensive (or qualifying) examinations take the form of 4-hour long essay tests - five of them, five days in a row. Sounds brutal, right? Apart from being a bit emotionally taxing, however, the exams themselves were not bad at all. But as the week wore on, and I realized that I could consistently write 10-12 page essays within the allotted 4-hour time interval fairly easily,... Read more
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7:10 PM | How to Perform RT-qPCR Directly from Cultured Cells
Bio-Rad Laboratories announced the launch of new rapid cell lysis kits that allow researchers to obtain reverse transcription quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) data directly from cultured cells without the need for a separate RNA purification step. Bio-Rad’s SingleShot™ family of cell lysis RT-qPCR kits provide high-quality gene expression results in less than two hours. Available column […]
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2:07 PM | Pharmaceutical doctors want all trial data published
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine shows support for greater clinical transparency
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1:41 PM | Lubec 2014: per il decennale ospite l’”Europa”
  Dieci anni fa nasceva Lubec, l’evento dedicato ai Beni Culturali, Tecnologia e Turismo. In questi anni si è cercato di dedicare ampio spazio ai beni culturali ed alla promozione del marketing turistico territoriale con ottimi risultati. Con i suoi…Read more →
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12:44 PM | Annabelle: un quadro fotovoltaico ricarica cellulari
E’ stato denominatoAnnabelle il quadro fotovoltaico ideato dallo scienziato e designer giapponeseHiroshi Segawa, docente presso il Centro di ricerca per la Scienza e la Tecnologia Avanzate dell’Università di Tokyo, che ha risposto alla domanda “Le energie rinnovabili possono coniugarsi con la bellezza estetica…Read more →
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10:18 AM | Sanofi and Regeneron's alirocumab 'cuts cardiovascular events'
Data presented at ESC Congress demonstrates lower rates of cardiac death, stroke and more
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10:18 AM | Sanofi/Regeneron's alirocumab 'cuts cardiovascular events'
Data presented at ESC Congress demonstrates lower rates of cardiac death, stroke and more
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10:05 AM | Spitzer della Nasa rileva forte impatto di asteroidi: dalla collisione nascerà un nuovo pianeta
A 1200 anni luce da noi, nella costellazione delle Vele, il telescopio spaziale Spitzer della NASA ha registrato l’improvviso alzarsi di un’enorme nube di polvere. Sembra essere l’esito d’una collisione, dice uno studio uscito ora su Science, e preludere alla formazione di pianeti rocciosiRead more →
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10:01 AM | Studio: internet fa bene al cervello
Qualcuno sostiene ci renda più superficiali, meno attenti, più introversi. Ma, fortunatamente, pare ci sia un rovescio della medaglia: Internet fa bene al cervello. E in particolare alla memoria. Lo sostengono gli scienziati della Universidade do Sul de Santa Caterina, in Brasile, in uno studio…Read more →
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9:58 AM | Novartis heart failure trial leads the buzz at ESC
Potential blockbuster LCZ696 cuts cardiovascular deaths by 20% versus standard therapy
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9:37 AM | UCB wins new epilepsy indication for Vimpat in the US
FDA approves drug as monotherapy in patients with partial-onset seizures
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7:08 AM | Bad memories made good at the flick of a switch
How quickly our memories of people, things and places can change from good to bad if something like a break up happens. Now scientists have worked out how these memories change. And perhaps more importantly, they have turned bad memories into good memories. This builds on previous work showing it is possible to create and […]

August 31, 2014

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11:30 PM | Team Novo Nordisk to compete in The Tour of Britain
World’s first diabetic pro-cycling team will cycle over 1,300km in eight days
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11:30 PM | Robert Hureau joins PPD
He will be the CRO's chief financial officer
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7:47 PM | Mushroom extracts might prevent dental cavities
Recently published research suggests red camphor mushroom extracts might prevent the proliferation of bacteria that cause dental cavities and gum disease.1 * The Taiwanese red camphor mushroom (scientific name: Antrodia camphorata) is a herbal medicine traditionally used for treating conditions such as twisted tendons, muscle damage and liver diseases. Studies using human cells grown in […]

Lien HM, Tseng CJ, Huang CL, Lin YT, Chen CC & Lai YY (2014). Antimicrobial Activity of Antrodia camphorata Extracts against Oral Bacteria., PloS one, 9 (8) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25144619

Geethangili M & Tzeng YM (2011). Review of Pharmacological Effects of Antrodia camphorata and Its Bioactive Compounds., Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2011 212641. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19687189

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August 30, 2014

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9:39 PM | Sex and death in the cornfields, Part II- Why rootworms?
Hi, I started this series to explain a little more background behind the news and opinion articles you may have seen about Bt-resistant corn rootworms, with scary titles like Voracious worm evolves to eat biotech corn engineered to kill it and Evolution one-ups genetic modification.  I started out talking about the system as it was originally developed for moths, but I wanted to come back to talk about why rootworms are so good at developing resistance to Bt crops.  Part I of […]
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