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February 20, 2015

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10:28 AM | Smith & Nephew invests in new tech that can ‘see’ through skin
Hopes to use tech for detecting skin cancer and help with wound care
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4:51 AM | rtamerica:Sweet young thing: Wrinkle-smoothing chocolate to make...
rtamerica:Sweet young thing: Wrinkle-smoothing chocolate to make a splash in UKThe first wrinkle-removing chocolate is set to hit stores and spa salons in the UK as soon as March. The ‘anti-aging chocolate’ is not only capable of improving skin conditions, but is low calorie and safe for diabetics.  The tantalizing new product, called Esthechoc, has been developed  by the Cambridge-based company Lycotec. The founder of the  company, Dr Ivan Petyaev, is a former […]
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12:58 AM | rtamerica:Nano ‘drones’ could help prevent certain type of heart...
rtamerica:Nano ‘drones’ could help prevent certain type of heart attack - studyTargeted nanomedicines 1000 times smaller than the tip of a human hair may be able to deliver anti-inflammatory drugs to arterial fat deposits in order to combat atherosclerotic plaque buildup, thus preventing heart attack risk, according to a new study.The study, which entailed the deployment of biodegradable drone-like nanomedicines to restructure and stabilize atherosclerotic plaque within coronary […]
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12:34 AM | neurosciencestuff:The Science Behind Commonly Used...
neurosciencestuff:The Science Behind Commonly Used Anti-Depressants Appears to Be BackwardsThe science behind many anti-depressant medications appears to be backwards, say the authors of a paper that challenges the prevailing ideas about the nature of depression and some of the world’s most commonly prescribed medications.The authors of the paper, posted by the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, combed existing research for evidence to support the theory that has dominated […]
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12:16 AM | Advagraf shows survival increase for liver transplant patients
Astellas drug shows significant improvement in study published in the AJT
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12:15 AM | NICE recommends Ozurdex for diabetic eye condition
Draft guidance cites implant as option for patients with diabetic macular oedema

February 19, 2015

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11:03 PM | Sanofi's CEO search ends as Bayer's Brandicourt takes the job
He will begin leading the French pharma company on April 2
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10:13 PM | CRISPR-cas revved up for complex circuitry
This post is a pretty technical one about genome engineering tools, so if you’re not into that, well, I dont know, check out some other posts. Last year I wrote a review on TALE and CRISPR technology for plant synthetic biology. Although I do work on TALEs I tried to be totally fair. One of […]
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7:09 PM | Scientists Announce Anti-HIV Agent so Powerful it can Work as a...
Scientists Announce Anti-HIV Agent so Powerful it can Work as a VaccineThis sounds, frankly, just amazing. I don’t know if their approach is more widely applicable, but this sounds almost too good to be true. Maybe it’s because so many people have suffered from HIV for so long that we just get used to it, but I really hope this study is as effective as it sounds.RCS Highlights:…The study shows that the new drug candidate blocks every strain of HIV-1, HIV-2 and SIV (simian […]
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6:38 PM | The distribution of mutational effects in yeast
I think it’s fair to say that uncovering the distribution of mutational effects is one of the central problems (if not the central problem) in molecular evolution and genetics today.  I mean “mutational effects” in a very broad sense, including … Continue reading →
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6:10 PM | Scientists Create Giant E-Coli Bacteria, 750x Longer Than...
Scientists Create Giant E-Coli Bacteria, 750x Longer Than Normal![Edit: Link to Article]While the idea of giant bacteria is a bit frightening, curious, and hilarious, the truth is that this could teach us a lot about cell division and open up some interesting possibilities for bio-tech, as the article explains. Highlights:The typical Escherichia coli, the laboratory rat of microbiology, is a tiny 1-2 thousandths of a millimeter long. Now, by blocking cell division, two researchers at Concordia […]
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4:30 PM | Take Your VR Experience To The Next Level… On Your Own Two...
Take Your VR Experience To The Next Level… On Your Own Two Feet!I was wondering when they would build a treadmill that allows you to physically engage in your VR worlds by allowing you to walk through them. You could use a treadmill, but then you only walk forward. So, I was happily surprised to find that there are already a number of companies working on that, such as the “Infinadeck”. It allows you to walk in any direction during your immersive experience. Of course, this […]
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3:42 PM | Physician to the Gene Pool
Physician to the Gene Pool: Genetic Lessons and Other StoriesBy James V. Neel. 436 pp., illustrated. New York, John Wiley, 1994. $24.95. ISBN: 0-471-30844-7Si bien el libro tiene más de 20 años, me hice con una copia recién ahora. Tanto autobiografía como historia de varios aspectos de la genética y legado intelectual de un científico preocupado por el futuro de la raza humana.Lo más interesantes desde el punto de vista histórico son los […]
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2:17 PM | What’s the Answer? (RStudio as a game-changer)
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 […]
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1:33 PM | GAN Gene Therapy Trial Gets Green Light
Last Friday, February 13th, Lori Sames couldn’t stop crying as she stared at her screen in a coffee shop near her home in Rexford, New York. The announcement had just gone up at clinicaltrials.gov: NCT02362438: Intrathecal Administration of scAAV9/JeT-GAN for … Continue reading »The post GAN Gene Therapy Trial Gets Green Light appeared first on DNA Science Blog.
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1:00 PM | Update from the clinic: January
. Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of January. Pluristem and OncoMed reported preliminary efficacy data from early-stage trials, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) granted a number of Orphan Drug Designations for various cancer indications being developed by OncoMed, Stemline Therapeutics, and Kite...Read more
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12:26 PM | Case mobili, una soluzione a basso impatto ambientale
Con la crisi che pesa sulle tasche degli italiani si studiano nuove soluzioni abitative, concepite molto spesso in modo da ridurre i consumi e quindi abbassare il tasso di inquinamento. Sono sviluppate sempre più costruzioni che hanno il vantaggio di…Read more →
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11:47 AM | Norgine close to final yes from NICE on Targaxan
Medicine is licenced to prevent a brain condition caused by liver failure
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11:22 AM | Roche's Zelboraf combination to receive priority FDA review
US regulator to assess drug's use with cobimetinib for melanoma within six months
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11:13 AM | England’s medicine prices ‘too high’
New analysis finds NICE is too lenient on pharma’s price tags
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10:54 AM | CRF Health partners with Vodafone on communication platform
Hopes Vodafone’s global machine-to-machine will improve client experience
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10:48 AM | Apotex latest to file Neupogen biosimilar in the US
White blood cell stimulator could be on the market this year
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10:19 AM | AZ gets injunction to protect Pulmicort Respules
Actavis blocked from selling generic five days after AZ’s asthma launch
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8:35 AM | Sirius Act – Operation: Brilliant (video sponsorizzato)
Lei, agente segreto in missione, riceve una soffiata importante. Dove? In un bar. Obiettivo? Il brillante perfetto, la forma perfetta, incarnazione della bellezza   suprema. Ma non è l’unica a cercarlo e a volerlo. Parte la corsa sfrenata nel cuore…Read more →
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7:05 AM | I really needed this here.
I really needed this here.
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4:49 AM | Plushies have arrived!
Hooray! It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for. The Frank N. Foode™ and Lanakila Ā. Papaya™ plushies have arrived! I was just sending an email yesterday to get an update on the status of our shipping, and before the manufacturer could get back to me, I got a phone call from our mailbox. A pallet with our name on it showed up at their loading door. My wife and my plans for the evening changed immediately, and we took the truck out before dinner to fetch the boxes of […]
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1:52 AM | "Until 2009, student loans in the US made up the smallest proportion of Americans’ household debt...."
“Until 2009, student loans in the US made up the smallest proportion of Americans’ household debt. That changed when Americans paid down their home and car loans during the recession but continued to borrow for school, even as tuition costs continued to rise. Just five years later, the $1.2 trillion in Americans’ outstanding student debt is higher than all other types of non-mortgage debt (mortgage debt, at $8.2 trillion, remains 69% of Americans’ total […]
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12:15 AM | NICE sets out approach to stop antimicrobial resistance
Guidelines call for formation of stewardship programmes

February 18, 2015

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11:51 PM | Trip to the Museum – A Glorious Bird Collection
Today, me and my students from #LSUSoMe (a strategic social media course in the Manship School of Mass Communication, LSU) took an Instagram field trip to the LSU Museum of Natural Science! While my students took pictures with their camera-phones (to practice their mad Instagram skills), I cheated and brought my Canon T3i and 100mm macro lens. LSU's museum of natural science is renowned for its bird collection and characterization of new species. The LSU Museum of Natural Science maintains […]
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9:10 PM | mothernaturenetwork:Baby born already ‘pregnant’ with her own...
mothernaturenetwork:Baby born already ‘pregnant’ with her own siblingsFetuses were found inside the newborn between her liver and kidney, each attached to an umbilical cord. This is rather amazing, as was the bit about the “stone babies”. Def a weird, fun, quick read.
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