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September 09, 2014

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12:00 PM | Getting Your Hands Dirty through Citizen Biology
Do you like to bird watch using your backyard bird feeder? Or maybe you have fun going bug hunting at a local nature preserve. However you enjoy taking in the natural world around you, there may be a way you can help scientists with important research at the same time! It’s thanks to citizen science, … Continue reading »
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10:16 AM | NICE knocks back Celgene's Abraxane in pancreatic cancer
Says cancer drug's cost not justified by its limited benefit
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10:14 AM | Roche wins early use RA approval for RoActemra in Europe
Adds to existing indications in arthritis and Castleman’s disease
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9:56 AM | Mixed messages for AZ's benralizumab in COPD study
Respiratory hope misses primary goal in trial data presented at ERS congress
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9:55 AM | Boehringer's Spiriva cleared for asthma in EU
Drug approved as a treatment for adults with severe asthma
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9:30 AM | Pharma and med tech companies form eye health group
The Industry Vision Group wants the NHS to make eye care a priority

September 08, 2014

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11:02 PM | Smartphone and social media adverse event project launched
The EU consortium's members will include UK regulator the MHRA
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10:40 PM | Free HPV vaccine causes 61% drop in female genital warts in Australia
As I’ve written on many occasions, the HPV quadrivalent vaccine is one of the great achievements of medical science. It protects young men and women against the human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the USA. There are over 170 subtypes of HPV; however, HPV subtypes 16 and 18 not only cause approximately 70% of cervical cancers, but they are […]Continue reading «Free HPV vaccine causes […]
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7:49 PM | Where are all the European Biologists Going?
All the recent talk about the brain drain in Spain, (the brains in Spain drain mainly via plane), has peeked my curiosity regarding the mobility of biologists across Europe. According to the official statistics, between the years 2003 and 2014, 18,408 Spanish professionals registered to have their qualifications recognized in other European countries while less […]
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7:23 PM | Update to the LeRoy (NY) teenagers’ mystery neurological illnesses
Over the past couple of years, I had written a few articles about a mystery neurological ailment that had struck about 20 teenagers, most of whom were students in high school at that time in LeRoy, NY, a small town about 30 minutes from the city of Rochester. The teens suffered tics and other neurological symptoms that […]Continue reading «Update to the LeRoy (NY) teenagers' mystery neurological illnesses»
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5:13 PM | Science Blogging Something Completely Different
For many science writers, the science blog post has come to epitomize the Monty Python phrase, "and now for something completely different." And if not something completely different, than at least something different in one way or another from your typical science news story, your typical opinion column or or your typical print feature story, among other science story formats. As you might know if you've been following me on Twitter, I've been conducting interviews with science bloggers […]
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12:04 PM | Apple poised to ‘revolutionise’ mHealth
HealthKit could set the industry standard
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12:00 PM | ReNeuron appoints new CEO
Olav Hellebø joins from Clavis Pharma
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11:50 AM | Teva supports launch of MS help website
Pow Health aims to help patients in Ireland with long term illnesses
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11:27 AM | Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor G-CSF Stimulation
G-CSF Stimulation use in Stem Cell Therapies Granulocyte-colony stimulating factor is also known as colony-stimulating factor 3,G-CSF, GCSF, GM-CSF or Rm-GSF.  Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factors are a special kind of protein or “growth factor” that the body naturally manufactures in the bone marrow that is often used in cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and NK Cell Therapy. Creating […] The post Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor G-CSF Stimulation […]
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10:05 AM | Novartis' Ultibro tops Seretide in comparative COPD trial
Will help Novartis position Ultibro as a corticosteroid-free alternative to GSK's blockbuster
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9:58 AM | BMS takes PD-1 rivalry with Merck to the law courts
Claims Keytruda infringes antibody patents it holds with Ono Pharmaceutical
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9:48 AM | ABPI-backed study causes Servier Code of Practice breach
Company failed to disclose study results in suitable time
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7:20 AM | Intercontinental brain to brain communication
Telepathic communication and hive minds are a big part of science fiction. Last year this fiction almost became reality when one scientist controlled another’s hand with his mind. Earlier this year a team of scientists led by Giulio Ruffini, CEO of the neuroscience company Starlab, and Harvard Professor Alvaro Pascual-Leone used the same technology to […]
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1:11 AM | New feature: Biotech "Tweets of the Week"
Please continue reading below for a new feature that we are excited to roll out here at BiotechDueDiligence. Conceived and curated by biotech trader @23aloha this blog series captures the tweets that best capture the biotech / pharma conversation on Twitter. The conversations here include reaction to and analysis of key market events and trends, as well as observations that in some cases go on to influence biotech stock trading. Feel free to offer any comments as we roll out this new effort! […]

September 07, 2014

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10:05 PM | How to use Cell Viability and Cytotoxicity Assays Together to Get Real-Time Answers about Cell Death
If you have ever wondered about the differences between the various cell viability and cytotoxicity assays available, why you would choose one over another or how they can be used together, tune in to the webinar “A Real-Time Cytotoxicity Assay That Delivers More Relevant Data” (Tuesday, Sept 10). In this webinar, Promega Scientist Drew Niles […]
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4:48 AM | Unboxing the new Frank N. Foode and Papaya Plushies
A little box came in the mail today, with something we’ve all been waiting for. Watch the video, and let me know what you think!

September 05, 2014

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5:54 PM | Friday Fun on the Blog
As we start a new year in our labs, we thought this cartoon reminding us of some lab etiquette might be useful. Enjoy!  
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4:21 PM | Sequenziato il genoma del caffè: anche l’ENEA nel team internazionale di ricerca
Uno studio pubblicato nell’ultimo numero della prestigiosa rivista Science riporta la decodifica del genoma di una delle più importanti piante alimentari: il caffè. Ricercatori provenienti da 9 Paesi (Italia, Francia, USA, Canada, Australia, Germania, Brasile, India e Indonesia) hanno sequenziato…Read more →
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1:40 PM | Right Turn: Like a kid’s science show, but for grownups
. Jordan Green, a biomedical engineer from Johns Hopkins, has a way with words. And toys. He’s like a Mister Rogers (American) or Mr. Dressup (Canadian) for adults. He has a complicated idea to convey, so borrowing from the best children’s entertainers around, he uses colourful props that perfectly suit his friendly demeanor. Dr. Green’s...Read more
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1:30 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 @BioGPS: More work by @BioGPS users Genetic Dissection of the Ity3 Locus Identifies a Role […]
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10:23 AM | Merck brings first PD-1 inhibitor to US market
FDA approves Keytruda for advanced melanoma
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10:19 AM | Lilly says peglispro tops Lantus in diabetes trials
New insulin demonstrates superiority to Sanofi’s product in cutting blood sugar levels
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9:27 AM | Drug regulators collaborate to tackle Ebola outbreak
EMA and FDA team up with global partners to accelerate access to medicines
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