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August 27, 2014

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11:16 PM | WPP buys two more firms
Strengthens Millward Brown and GroupM with purchase of InsightExpress and Keyade
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11:15 PM | Biogen Idec names ALS unit head
Donald Johns joins from Novartis
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9:53 PM | Concentrate Organic Matter at Surface to Improve Soils
Organic matter is the key to soil quality, but building soil organic matter levels can be slow and expensive. There is an alternative. Research shows (Franzluebbers, 2002) many soil functions improve when organic matter is concentrated in the top 2-3″ of the soil, and that, for many soils and environments, this may be the most effective way to improve soil quality. Soil organic matter (SOM) is crucial for many soil functions, and so has been a primary indicator of soil quality. The % […]
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9:06 PM | Lasting impressions: an epigenetic imprint of past viral infection
Christine E. Birdwell and Rona S. Scott Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Center for Molecular and Tumor Virology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, Shreveport, LA 71130 Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a prevalent human herpesvirus affecting over 90% of the adult population worldwide. Most individuals harbor EBV asymptomatically as lifelong ... The post Lasting impressions: an epigenetic imprint of past viral infection appeared first on EpiBeat.
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6:52 PM | What is the Human Brain Project?
Yesterday we asked whether or not the Human Brain Project (HBP) was in trouble, however, we then realized that not everyone might know what the HBP represents. Here’s a great video explanation by Dr. Sean Hill, co-director of Neuroinformatics for the Human Brain Project. Tweet This Post
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6:25 PM | Is the European Human Brain Project in Trouble?
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5:01 PM | Protein Kinase Inhibitors Show Promise in Malaria Study
A paper published in on August 8 in ChemBioChem has identified a number of small molecule kinase inhibitors that may have potential as antimalarial drugs. The authors, Derbyshire et al from Duke University, used a panel of human kinase inhibitors to screen for activity against malaria parasites. Using a high-throughput screening approach, they were able […]
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1:38 PM | Video Tip of the Week: Phenoscape, captures phenotype data across taxa
Development of the skeleton is a good example of a process that is highly regulated, requires a lot of precision, is conserved and important relationships across species, and is fairly easy to detect when it’s gone awry. I mean–it’s hard to know at a glance if all the neurons in an organism got to the […]

Mabee B.P., Balhoff J.P., Dahdul W.M., Lapp H., Midford P.E., Vision T.J. & Westerfield M. (2012). 500,000 fish phenotypes: The new informatics landscape for evolutionary and developmental biology of the vertebrate skeleton., Zeitschrift fur angewandte Ichthyologie = Journal of applied ichthyology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22736877

Balhoff J.P., Cartik R. Kothari, Hilmar Lapp, John G. Lundberg, Paula Mabee, Peter E. Midford, Monte Westerfield & Todd J. Vision (2010). Phenex: Ontological Annotation of Phenotypic Diversity, PLoS ONE, 5 (5) e10500. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0010500

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12:40 PM | Is the academy worse than the fashion industry for “following the leader”?
This post originally appeared on The Black Hole blog and is reprinted with permission from the author and University Affairs. I hate to admit this, but I find an incredible number of scientific papers really boring. It seems that more and more, research papers are using the same sets of sexy and expensive tools without actually...Read more
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11:41 AM | Final NICE backing for Biogen Idec's Tecfidera
Oral multiple sclerosis is cleared for NHS use in England
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9:49 AM | Allergan agrees to shareholder meeting on Valeant bid
Pershing Square Capital convinces shareholders to request consultation
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9:30 AM | Pfizer and Merck expand anti-PD1 cancer alliance
Will investigate combination of pembrolizumab and Xalkori
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9:17 AM | EMA accepts Cubist antibiotic for review
Follows FDA priority review for ceftolozane/ tazobactam
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8:35 AM | Elisia Canna to lead expansion of GCI Health’s Well Living
She assumes executive VP role at healthcare PR firm
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4:27 AM | The new Frank N. Foode™!
Here’s a short update that I’m sure everyone will be interested to hear about. After several redesigns and adjustments, I’m really pleased to announce that the design for the new Frank N. Foode plushie that many of you have been waiting for – is done! So here’ what comes next. The new Frank, and our yet-unnamed Papaya plushie are being shipped to me, and when they arrive I will make the final approval and then the manufacturing will begin. That should happen pretty […]

August 26, 2014

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11:15 PM | Merck enlists celebrity chef in Hispanic diabetes campaign
Leticia Moreinos Schwartz will help get healthy eating message to Latin Americans
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11:15 PM | Diagnostics are rising up the pharma value chain
Pharma interview: Anssi Pulkkinen from Roche Diagnostics, Finland on the increasing prominence of diagnostics
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11:01 PM | Paul Blake joins Oxford BioMedica
He will lead the development of pipeline of gene and cell therapies
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12:00 PM | The Science of ALS and the Irony of the Ice Bucket Challenge
With the ALS ice bucket challenge going viral, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has been getting a lot of attention. But what exactly is ALS? It is essentially a poorly understood neurodegenerative disease that kills relatively quickly — with people usually dying within 3–5 years after onset of the first symptoms — and is responsible for … Continue reading »
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11:49 AM | Scientists First to Grow Organ in Animal from Cells Created in Lab
Laboratory-grown replacement organs have moved a step closer with the completion of a new study. Scientists have grown a fully functional organ from transplanted laboratory-created cells in a living animal for the first time. The researchers have created a thymus – an organ next to the heart that produces immune cells known as T cells […]
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10:04 AM | Roche boosts respiratory presence with InterMune purchase
Deal is fourth takeover in three months for Swiss pharma company
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9:58 AM | Merck and Advaxis to study anti-PD1 combo
Collaboration to investigate pembrolizumab and ADXS-PSA in prostate cancer
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8:59 AM | ViiV bags US approval for HIV blockbuster-in-waiting
Drug combines antiretrovirals with Tivicay
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7:07 AM | AZ launches DoctorsNotes online medical literature tool
New browser extension aims to make HCP's reading 'shareable and social'
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5:27 AM | Novo launches diabetes campaign in Copenhagen
Follows introduction of ‘Cities Changing Diabetes’ programme in Mexico

August 25, 2014

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11:15 PM | Alternative medicine studies criticised by researchers
Academics call to end clinical trials involving "highly implausible treatments" such as homeopathy and reiki
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11:15 PM | Elliott Levy joins Amgen from BMS
He is appointed senior VP, global development
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11:08 PM | Easier access to medicines in the UK?
Cutting through the NICE value-based assessment consultation to find out what’s at stake
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9:23 PM | Great CDC Coverup–suppressing evidence that MMR vaccines cause autism?
Oh no, here we go again. The antivaccination cult, lacking any real evidence, grabs onto the flimsiest of stories, disregarding the foul and corrupt individuals promoting the story–using it all to scream “GOTCHA” to anyone involved with vaccines. Last year, it was laughably jumping on some comments of Dr. Diane Harper, who was promoted by the […]Continue reading «Great CDC Coverup–suppressing evidence that MMR vaccines cause autism?»
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5:14 PM | Announcing the launch of the GENERA beta test
We are proud to announce the launch of the new GENetic Engineering Risk Atlas (GENERA) website and the public beta test of our system. Today, for the first time ever, the public will be able to see what we have been working on for so long. Check out our press release and let us know what you think about the new GENetic Engineering Risk Atlas! In addition, scroll to the bottom to see infographics made by the Genetic Literacy Project to illustrate some of the important preliminary findings […]
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