August 13, 2014

11:16 PM | Huntsworth CEO to step down
Lord Chadlington to leave PR group
11:16 PM | Arvato turns to Google for head of digital marketing
Jens Monsees was most recently at search engine giant
8:33 PM | Our ancestor’s ‘leaky’ membrane answers big questions in biology
All life on Earth came from one common ancestor – a single-celled organism – but what it looked like, how it lived and how it evolved into today’s modern cells is a four billion year old mystery being solved by researchers at UCL using mathematical modeling. Findings published today in PLOS Biology suggest for the […]
1:37 PM | Video Tip of the Week: EpiViz Genome Browsing (and more)
This is the browser I’ve been waiting for. Stop what you are doing right now and look at EpiViz. I’ll wait. I spend a lot of time looking at visualizations of various types of -omics data, from a number of different sources. I’ve never believed in the “one browser to rule them all” sort of […]

Chelaru F., Smith L., Goldstein N. & Bravo H.C. (2014). Epiviz: interactive visual analytics for functional genomics data., Nature methods, PMID:

10:30 AM | Phase III data back AZ's gout drug
Lesinurad on course to be filed this year
10:14 AM | WHO backs use of untested drugs in Ebola
Public health risk means it is ethical to offer treatments with unknown adverse effects
9:47 AM | Stromal Vascular Fraction SVF Cells
Stromal vascular fraction or SVF cells is a medical term that describes a heterogeneous kind of cell that are typically found in adipose “fat” tissue. SVF cells are not the same as “stem cells” but constitute about 2/3rd of all cells in the human body. SVF Cell Manipulation – VIDEO The remaining cells are called adipocytes. […] The post Stromal Vascular Fraction SVF Cells appeared first on Regeneration Center of Thailand.

August 12, 2014

6:03 PM | Get Taq!
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4:59 PM | FDA Published In Vitro Companion Diagnostic Device Guidance
The FDA has released a final guidance document on August 6, 2014 on In Vitro Companion Diagnostic Devices. The guidance defines IVD companion diagnostic device as an “in vitro diagnostic device that provides information that is essential for the safe and effective use of a corresponding therapeutic product”. FDA advises that in “most circumstances, an ... continue reading
12:00 PM | Using Silkworms to Make More than Silk
We have a long history with the silkworm (Bombyx mori), which was native throughout Asia and thought to have been domesticated more than 5,000 years ago in China to make silk. Silkworms today are biological silk-producing machines, the products of thousands of years of careful breeding. Silk production is now a multi-billion dollar industry, with … Continue reading »

August 11, 2014

8:46 PM | The Latest Tools for Superior 2D Gel Electrophoresis
Most therapeutic proteins are produced by cultured cells that have been engineered through recombinant DNA technology to produce the relevant protein. Validation and quality control testing of any therapeutic protein needs to include a test to show that HCP contamination is at a low, permissible level. A recommended method for this validation involves two dimensional […]
4:04 PM | Use of Mass Spectrometry to Quantitate Food Allergens
  Food allergies are increasing worldwide and becoming a public health issue, especially among children are concerned. Children have a higher prevalence of food allergies, with about 4–8%, compared to adults (1–5%).  Currently antibody-based methods such ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) are the primary method for food allergen analysis. In most cases antibodies are only available for single […]
1:30 PM | Regenerative Medicine Deal Review: July
. Welcome to your deal review for the month of July. There was financing activity this past month as StemCells and Fate Therapeutics each secured $20 million in funding. Bluebird bio was busy with the acquisition of a privately-held genome editing company; clearly a strategic move to strengthen its gene therapy pipeline. Sernova was in...Read more
7:50 AM | Stressed brains age faster
It’s an unfortunate fact of life that as we age our brain stops working as well as we would like. It’s harder to learn new things and remember the things we used to know. This is made worse by chronic stress. Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenal gland in response to stress. It’s […]

August 10, 2014

8:03 PM | Regarding the “science made mistakes” tropes? Debunked by real science
I know I shouldn’t use the conspiracy theory fallacy when talking about the pseudoscience-pushing science deniers, who are the bread and butter of topics for skeptics. But, when I keep observing the same ridiculous and insanely illogical arguments used in the same manner by all of the deniers, I begin to wonder if they don’t […]Continue reading «Regarding the "science made mistakes" tropes? Debunked by real science»

August 09, 2014

5:39 PM | We don’t talk about this.
Have you ever critiqued or corrected another science writer online, to have them become defensive in response? Has this type of conflict ever lead you to avoid writing about certain topics? According to the theory of motivated reasoning, there are two basic types of reasoning motives: accuracy goals and defensive goals. We often look at motivated reasoning on the part of science communication audiences. But science writers themselves are not immune to motivated reasoning processes. Imagine an […]
2:20 AM | Neil deGrasse Tyson–unafraid of GMO’s
For those who read my article about Neil deGrasse Tyson’s comments to the anti-GMO forces to “chill out”, here’s a tweet from him from 18 months ago. He didn’t just think about this issue recently. Most who fear genetically altered food are unaware that nearly all food has been genetically altered via artificial selection — […]Continue reading «Neil deGrasse Tyson–unafraid of GMO's»
1:41 AM | BiotechDueDiligence Journal Watch
Who's Afraid of Peer Review?John Bohannon. Science.New Expensive Treatments for Hepatitis C InfectionTroyen Brennan. Journal of the American Medical Association. $GILDNiacin and HDL Cholesterol — Time to Face FactsDonald Lloyd-Jones. New England Journal of Medicine.Group seeks standardization for what clinical trials must measureAmanda Keener. Nature Medicine.Emergence of Zaire Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea — Preliminary ReportSylvain Baize et al. NEJM. $TKMR $SRPTThe strain […]

August 08, 2014

7:46 PM | Do GMO crops “foster monocultures?”
Do GMO crops “foster monoculture?” This is a frequent criticism of modern agriculture. I have three problems with it: “Monoculture” isn’t the right term to use to describe the relevant issues – its really about a limited crop rotation History and economics are the drivers behind this phenomenon, not crop biotechnology The solutions – to the extent that they are needed – are not what most critics seem to imagine The Corn Belt of the Midwestern US, […]
6:16 PM | Consumer Reports publishes unscientific analysis
Grandpa Folta liked Consumer Reports, the magazine that would help him find maximum value in his oil filters and bacon bits. They have been recognized for a long time as an objective source of critical side-by-side analysis of consumer goods, and I’ve made decisions based on their recommendations. The magazine is still popular, and is well known for its independent evaluation of consumer goods, helping the consumer make better buying decisions. My friend Chris alerted me to a little […]
4:00 PM | The Mysterious Role of non-CpG Methylation in the Brain
DNA methylation is a key mechanism of epigenetic regulation of gene expression and contributes to a multitude of process such as embryonic development, cancer, aging and learning and memory. In the metazoan genome, CpG methylation is the primary form of DNA methylation and is therefore extensively studied. However, key questions ... The post The Mysterious Role of non-CpG Methylation in the Brain appeared first on EpiBeat.
3:43 PM | New Job! And Other Changes
Now that I have an official start date, I can announce it properly: starting next Monday, I'll be a Science Writer for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory!(And yes, this does mean I moved across seven states--I'm still unpacking.)I'm so excited about this, everyone! I've done science professionally for a long time, and written about it on the side, but for a while I've been wanting to shift the proportions around a bit. Now I'll have a chance to do just that. This blog has been a big part […]
3:15 PM | The Power and Potential of Next-Generation Sequencing
Next-generation sequencing (NGS), also known as massively parallel sequencing, is revolutionizing genomic research. NGS technologies have made whole genome sequencing fast and easy, leading to dramatic advances in evolutionary biology and phylogenetics, personalized medicine and forensic science. Why is NGS such a hot topic right now? While there are more than a dozen next-generation sequencing […]
2:32 PM | University of Alberta to honour beef researcher
Next week the University of Alberta is honouring Dr. Roy Berg, a man who changed Alberta’s cattle industry, by re-naming the Kinsella Ranch after him. Berg conducted research at the ranch from 1960 to 1988. His research proved the value of hybrid vigour to the industry in a time when purebred herds were still the norm for commercial producers. He initially faced opposition, even scorn, from many in the industry, who christened his hybrid herd “Berg’s bastards” and […]
1:30 PM | Right Turn: All about regeneration – navigating fact and fiction
. The following scene from Family Guy offers a glimpse into both the tone and subject matter of this week’s Right Turn. Being an avid lover of superheroes, monsters and all things supernatural, the topic of healing and limb regeneration has always been a subject I find vastly exciting. If you’re having trouble understanding what...Read more
1:29 PM | Medical Device Industry News Video Roundup – July 2014
Welcome to the Aptiv Solutions medical device news roundup for July 2014! We’ve gathered ten news stories offering information that may just help your company prosper. Coming up in this roundup: the medical device sector continues to evolve across the globe and over a variety of medical conditions. Outsourcing specific aspects of medical device trials ... continue reading
1:09 PM | Friday SNPpets
Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment… RT @ryodejaneiro: Our dendrogram paper is published presented a poster on this project at #biovis […]
11:16 AM | Pfizer closes on $1bn label expansion for Prevenar
EMA begins review of the pneumococcal vaccine
11:14 AM | Baxter opens Advate facility in Singapore
Follows EU approval for haemophilia A drug plant
10:53 AM | MS market set to grow 4% annually
Predicted to reach $20bn by 2023 partly due to Plegridy and ocrelizumab launches
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