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December 03, 2014

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9:40 PM | Vaccine denialists hate Bill Gates
Updated 3 December 2014. One of the world’s leading sponsors of vaccine research and bringing healthcare (including vaccinations) to underdeveloped countries is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, located in Seattle, Washington. There is nothing more admirable and moral than a person who has built incredible wealth, and then decides to give it back to the world in a way that cannot be […]Continue reading «Vaccine denialists hate […]
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4:08 PM | FDA Warning Letter Data Shows Improvement in 2013
The FDA has released its annual Medical Device Quality System Data report concerning Form 483 and Warning Letter Citations, and there’s some good news to be found in the official report. Specifically, for the first time in four years the agency has reported a decline in the overall number of warning letters issued to medical ... continue reading
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4:00 PM | microRNAs are important players at the intersection of stromal cell differentiation fate
Alessandra Rossini1, Viviana Meraviglia1, Gualtiero Colombo2 1 Center for Biomedicine, European Academy Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) (affiliated Institute of the University of Lübeck), Bolzano Italy 2 Laboratory of Immunology and Functional Genomics, Centro Cardiologico Monzino IRCCS, Milano, Italy   In a previous work, we have characterized a randomly selected population of adult ... The post microRNAs are important players at the intersection of stromal cell differentiation fate appeared […]
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3:24 PM | 23andMe launches personal genome service in the UK
Mail-order genetic service will cost £125
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2:44 PM | Welcome to the Anthropocene? Only a Retrospective Analysis Will Tell
The 4.54 billion-year history of the earth is divided into many subdivisions: eons, eras, periods, epochs, and ages with each division representing a smaller chunk of geologic time. If you are a parent of a young child and you happen to have viewed several episodes of the children’s educational program Dinosaur Train, you are probably […]
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2:38 PM | Video Tip of the Week: BioLayout Express3D for network visualizations
My previous Video Tip of the Week highlighted the GeneFriends tool. With GeneFriends you can search for co-expression of genes in RNA-seq data sets. But you can take these results further and visualize them with the BioLayout Express3D tool, so I wanted to bring more details about BioLayout in this tip since we haven’t covered […]
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1:34 PM | I Need Sleep!!!
Grad school is often synonymous with lack of sleep, yet too little sleep is deadly and dampens our ability to think critically. Why is this? What is it about sleep that is so important? Watch the video below for answers. Tweet This Post
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12:20 PM | Campaigns recognised at German health comms awards
Schmittgall, Pink Carrots and S&H among the winners
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10:44 AM | Bayer puts research at heart of business growth
Says R&D-to-sales ratio will increase
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10:38 AM | Sanofi and Evotec discuss high-level outsourcing alliance
Partnership to focus on cancer drug discovery
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10:18 AM | Biosimilar Remicade reaches market in Japan and India
Nippon Kayaku’s version of arthritis drug was approved in July
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9:22 AM | Biotech Shorties from Filipino Film Makers
Drum roll please ... because the winner of the Biotech Shorties contest in the Philippines have been announced. The ISAAA (International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications) and SEARCA ( Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture) sponsored the contest to see what people in the Philippines thought about biotechnology in agriculture. The film makers had 3 minutes to illustrate the benefits of biotechnology so the perspective is […]
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6:27 AM | Watch the Intelligence Squared GMO Debate
The Intelligence Squared debate logo Tune in Wednesday, December 3rd for a debate on GMOs. Intelligence Squared is hosting a debate between four individuals from two opposing camps, addressing the question of whether or not we should grow genetically engineered foods. Arguing the positive are Robert Fraley from Monsanto and Alison Van Eenennaam from UC Davis, and arguing the negative are Margaret Mellon, formerly of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Charles Benbrook, who is currently at […]
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12:16 AM | Excellence in pharma launches
Maximising your chances of success - some food for thought
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12:16 AM | EFPIA looks to ABPI for comms director
Andrew Powrie-Smith will join EU pharma trade body in New Year
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12:15 AM | Otsuka expands CNS presence with Avanir purchase
Deal for US biotech is valued at $3.5bn

December 02, 2014

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11:37 PM | Marijuana and pregnancy–again hitting that bong of science
There’s an old rule that one should never make excuses about what they write or state publicly. But I feel that I should here–as I stated in my post that I updated and republished recently, I’m not in any way opposed to the consumption of marijuana. It should be completely decriminalized, not in the haphazard […]Continue reading «Marijuana and pregnancy–again hitting that bong of science»
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10:20 PM | The Return of a King – The American Chestnut
Two Chestnut burrs. Credit: KJHvM When European settlers came to America, they found vast forests in the Appalachian mountains, dominated by the American chestnut. The chestnut quickly worked its way into the lives and culture of our country, and was used for lumber, food, forage, and fuel. But today, the chestnut is nearly gone – almost completely wiped out by a blight that was accidentally imported on a Chinese chestnut tree. The impacts of this loss have been felt across the […]
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7:12 PM | Breakthrough in Chromosomal Sequencing
For the first time ever, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin have developed molecular genetic and bioinformatic methods that make it possible to sequence the two sets of chromosomes in a human separately. The results are astounding and demonstrate that the rate of chromosomal mutations do not occur randomly, but […]
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3:58 PM | Laurea ad honorem in Scienza dei Materiali a Enrico Albizzati
Il 3 febbraio 2015 l’Università di Milano-Bicocca assegnerà a Enrico Albizzati la laurea magistrale Honoris Causa in Scienza dei materiali. Nell’occasione saranno consegnati gli “Innovation Grants Bicocca 2014”, istituiti per premiare la capacità di trasferimento sul territorio dei risultati della ricerca universitaria.Read more →
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3:28 PM | XNA ink in your Sharpie: an indelible marker for genomics
New research at the LMB (across the road from the Institute I work in) has demonstrated how alternate "genetic polymers" can be used in place of DNA and RNA: Synthetic Genetic Polymers Capable of Heredity and Evolution. XNAs [xeno-nucleic acids] use nucleotide analgoues, and the trick has been to get these to work in a biological system by engineering polymerases and other enzymes.XNA structure from Pinheiro et al 2014How these XNAs might be used remains to be seen but their different enzymatic […]
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12:27 PM | Bayer photo contest to raise awareness of blood clot
Public invited to submit photos that take their breath away
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11:16 AM | Sanofi's Priftin cleared for latent tuberculosis in the US
FDA approves Priftin with isoniazid for patients aged two years and older
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10:42 AM | UCB partners with Daiichi to bring epilepsy drug to Japan
Companies partner on expanding market for Vimpat
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10:38 AM | NICE backtracks on Gazyvaro rejection
Roche agrees to patient access scheme to help gain leukaemia recommendation
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10:36 AM | GSK names drug hunter challenge winners
Competition finds promising projects in anti-infectives, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases
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2:59 AM | Biotech Reading List
The Search for Exceptional GenomesAntonio Regalado (Technology Review) $REGNYes, there are good secondary offerings in biotechBrad Loncar (Loncar Blog) $RCPT $LXRXA Drug Regrew A Little Girl's Missing Bones. How Much Should That Cost?Matthew Herper (Forbes) $ALXNNIH and FDA Toughen Rules for Reporting Clinical Trial ResultsEd Silverman (Pharmalot / WSJ)Company's Compassion Leads to Clinical Hold on Experimental DrugAlec Gaffney (Regulatory Focus / RAPS) $CYTRA Billion Here, A Billion […]
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12:15 AM | GSK's oncology president joins NuCana board
Paolo Paoletti also has experience in cancer research at Lilly
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12:00 AM | Building a business that is lean and specialised
Tuomo Pätsi on Celgene’s approach to access, marketing and the importance of culture

December 01, 2014

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8:57 PM | On Tuesday, please donate to a pro-science, pro-vaccine organization
I hardly ever do this, but sometimes it’s important that I implore my readers to help out good people that do good things for good causes. My friends at Voices for Vaccines (VFV) work tirelessly to make sure the anti-vaccine voice is not the default parent voice broadcast during conversations about immunization. Remember, over 95% of Americans (and […]Continue reading «On Tuesday, please donate to a pro-science, pro-vaccine organization»
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