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March 18, 2015

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3:54 PM | Fotografía / Sd. de Down / Buenos Aires
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3:25 PM | No more monkeying around – promising results using stem cells to treat Parkinson’s disease
Earlier this month, Harvard Medical School researchers published a brief report in Cell Stem Cell, which showed in non-human primates – in this case monkeys – that Parkinson’s disease symptoms could be alleviated using stem cell therapy. Using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells made from monkeys, they were able to make neurons outside the body...Read more
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2:11 PM | Optimizing Trypsin Digestion Parameters for Plasma Proteins
Biomarkers in biological fluids in particular have the potential to inform regarding risk of disease or to allow early detection for more effective treatment. Plasma/serum is considered the universal source of biomarkers. This fluid is, indeed, easily collected, and the important point is that plasma collects proteins from each and every tissue, compared to other […]
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1:48 PM | Eclissi di sole del 20 marzo: si rischia il blackout fotovoltaico
Arriva l’eclissi di sole e poterà con sè oltre alla solita bellezza della scienza forse anche qualche problemino di tipo elettrico. Sarà infatti a rischio l’approvvigionamento energetico dell’Europa, che ormai assorbe una considerevole parte da fonti rinnovabili fotovoltaiche. Per tale…Read more →
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1:36 PM | Video Tip of the Week: Designing proteins, using Rosetta
As often happens, last week’s tip on visualizing structures led me to some more reading and thinking about creating protein structures. And although it’s important for biologists to be able to use more of the information about protein structures and variations in their work from tools like Aquaria or PDB, it’s also important for some […]

Kuroda D., M. P. Jacobson & H. Nakamura (2012). Computer-aided antibody design, Protein Engineering Design and Selection, 25 (10) 507-522. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/protein/gzs024

Adolf-Bryfogle J., B. North, A. Lehmann & R. L. Dunbrack (2014). PyIgClassify: a database of antibody CDR structural classifications, Nucleic Acids Research, 43 (D1) D432-D438. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gku1106

Rybicki E.P. (2014). Plant-based vaccines against viruses, Virology Journal, 11 (1) 205. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12985-014-0205-0

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1:30 PM | Xylella fastidiosa e forse imbattibile
L’economia salentina rischia la paralisi, a causa del batterio invincibile che negli ultimi mesi sta facendo parlare di sè tutto il mondo dell’agricoltura. La Commissione Ue impone l’abbattimento di tutti gli olivi del Salento colpiti dal terribile batterio. Tutto il…Read more →
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1:29 PM | Driving lasting collaborations
Why in-group psychology can help
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12:58 PM | Seconda edizione del Premio DNA 2015: l’Ordine dei Biologi premia la ricerca scientifica
I tre vincitori verranno premiati allo stand espositivo dell’ONB all’Expo di Milano l’ultimo week end di giugno 2015. Ai premiati andrà la statuetta a forma di DNA e un assegno per finanziare le ricerche scientifiche. La scadenza del bando è prevista per il primo aprileRead more →
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12:09 PM | Call for closer ties between pharma and animal health
One Health conference hears how joint working could benefit both sectors
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10:52 AM | New hire at Eurocom Healthcare Communications
New account manager Yasmin Knox will work on key healthcare brand accounts
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10:51 AM | GSK and Lilly invest in $100m global Dementia Discovery Fund
Fund announced at WHO conference by UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt
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9:57 AM | Valeant raises offer for Salix; rival Endo bows out
Has increased bid to $173 per share in cash
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8:35 AM | AstraZeneca scores in final lung disease drug trials
The firm hopes it LAMA/LABA drug can take a big chunk from the $14bn COPD market
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12:53 AM | engadget:Underwater Aussie wave farms pump both power and...
engadget:Underwater Aussie wave farms pump both power and waterI’m super intrigued by this. Also, ocean-power in general. I mean, there’s so much ocean! And finding suitable space on land can be very challenging. I know the ocean-power alternative energy field isn’t as robust as its land-based counterparts, but I’d really love to see more work like this, esp since this *seems* like an environmentally safe setup.
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12:27 AM | Galapagos and Janssen end inflammation alliance
Galapagos regains right to GLPG1690
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12:26 AM | Catalent names Sharon Johnson at new organisation
She will be senior VP of global quality and regulatory affairs

March 17, 2015

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7:26 PM | business-and-technology:FM radio becomes the world’s first...
business-and-technology:FM radio becomes the world’s first plant-powered appliance Moss, as a rule, isn’t that impressive. In the wetter regions of the world, the stuff grows pretty much wherever you let it. It’s green and squishy and pretty enough, we suppose. What moss isn’t is a good source of electricity, or at least it wasn’t until recently. By wiring together 10 little pots of the stuff, a group of scientists from the University of Cambridge have actually […]
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7:20 PM | Gardasil researcher is against the vaccine–another myth debunked
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.   Revised 17 March 2015 Because vaccine deniers lack any scientific evidence supporting their unfounded belief system about immunizations, they tend to rely upon unscientific information like anecdotes, misinterpretation of data, or ignorant Italian provincial courts to make their case. It’s rather easy to debunk these claims, but because of the nature of the internet, old … Continue reading Gardasil […]
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6:55 PM | huffingtonpost:Buzz Aldrin Takes Amazing Photo At Stonehenge...
huffingtonpost:Buzz Aldrin Takes Amazing Photo At Stonehenge Wearing ‘Get Your Ass To Mars’ T-Shirt
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6:51 PM | "You may have heard there’s a lot of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean. Some have referred to the..."
“You may have heard there’s a lot of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean. Some have referred to the phenomenon as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, or described it as a huge floating island of trash the size of Texas. It’s true that the concentration of this debris is higher inside than outside the North Pacific Gyre, a large system of rotating ocean currents in the northern Pacific. But the reality is that the plastic pollution is more diffuse. Nobody has mapped the true […]
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6:30 PM | Science fiction's Islamic roots
mostlysignssomeportents:From Ibn Tufail’s 12th century Hayy Ibn Yaqzan to Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain’s 1905 feminist masterpiece Sultana’s Dream, the Islamic world produced some of the earliest proto-sf, which IO9’s Charlie Jane Anders rounds up in an excellent post. Of course, Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein is widely recognized as the first real work of science fiction, because it’s a novel of speculation based on the scientific discoveries of her […]
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6:20 PM | txchnologist: New 3-D Printer Uses Light to Build Objects in...
Eiffel Tower emerging from resin pool using CLIP methodology for printing monolithic objects continuously. Courtesy Lars Sahl. A clip of a 7X speed video showing the CLIP technology. Courtesy Carbon3D. A clip of a 7X speed video showing the CLIP technology. Courtesy Carbon3D.txchnologist: New 3-D Printer Uses Light to Build Objects in Minutes The next generation of desktop 3-D printers might do away with the excruciatingly slow process that current units use. Researchers have unveiled a […]
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6:10 PM | Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors: Has Cancer Met its Match?
Dr. Drew M. Pardoll, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, in his 2012 review, “The blockade of immune checkpoints in cancer immunotherapy” published in Nature Reviews Cancer (1) writes: “The myriad of genetic and epigenetic alterations that are characteristic of all cancers provide a diverse set of antigens that the immune system can […]
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5:54 PM | betterworlds:usagov:Help create history by transcribing some of...
betterworlds:usagov:Help create history by transcribing some of the many documents from our National Archives. Check out the information below on how you can get involved!From the National Archives:Help us reach our goal of transcribing #1000pages this week! Your contributions improve search results and increases accessibility to our digitized, historical records. Our Transcription Missions include paper of the Continental Congress, love letters, photographs related to the National Forests, […]
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4:52 PM | Antibody, aptamer, Affimer: affinity reagents are evolving
Affinity reagents are among the most frequently used molecules in biological research. They allow us to examine protein expression, binding and localisation to increase our understanding of the molecular world and develop new medicines. The fields of both life science research and diagnostics have been enabled to a large extent by the use of theseRead More
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4:30 PM | thekidshouldseethis:From The Physics Girl: “What happens when...
thekidshouldseethis:From The Physics Girl: “What happens when you drop a perfectly balanced stack of balls? And how is the result like a supernova? The classic momentum transfer demonstration, at the next level.”Watch the video (and then try it). dig!
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4:13 PM | World Tour of Genomics Resources II, webinar recording available
Quick update: the recent webinar we delivered, “World Tour of Genomics Resources II”, is now available as a downloadable recording. Access it here. There’s a short video preview there, but the whole thing is about an hour long. If you want the slides and the handout with the list of resources, those are available in […]
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1:30 PM | Grow your brains: Neural stem cells in 1 minute.
> Many of us only become acutely aware of our brain when it’s not working quite right. Like, say, if we have a migraine, or are diagnosed with a mental illness. Or we fall on the ice and give ourself a concussion that affects our vision, motor skills and other cognitive functions (as was my experience...Read more
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10:43 AM | Pharmacists to help England’s GPs manage patients, medicines
Comes as doctor groups fear that primary care is struggling under increasing workloads
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10:24 AM | AstraZeneca’s heart drug impresses, but bleeding risks a concern
Firm still hopes the new Brilinta data can help the medicine be a blockbuster
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