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February 11, 2015

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1:59 PM | Gene Editing and GMOs
Gene editing has been getting a lot of attention lately, with an increasing number of articles about this method in the media. In this post, I’ll provide a very high level overview of the method (please note that many molecules and enzymes will be omitted for the sake of simplicity). Most of the information here is from a 2014 review entitled “Development and Applications of CRISPR-Cas9 for Genome Engineering” from the journal Cell (unfortunately behind a paywall). As you can […]
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11:19 AM | GSK buys vaccine specialist GlycoVaxyn for $190m
Acquisition will expand GSK’s early vaccines pipeline
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11:18 AM | Google to respond to health queries with treatment information
Addition of Knowledge Graph considerably ups the ante for 'Doctor Google'
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11:16 AM | Roche acquires cancer biobank firm Signature Diagnostics
Marks Swiss firm's fifth deal this year to expand its molecular diagnostics business
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10:55 AM | ViiV maintains top spot in reputation survey
But former top-ranked Gilead slides down in PatientView poll of patient groups
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10:44 AM | AB Science on track for phase III data in Alzheimer's this year
Trial of masitinib has passed a futility test
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10:29 AM | Were dinosaurs tripping on the grass they ate? - CNET
Were dinosaurs tripping on the grass they ate? - CNET: So apparently there’s evidence that dinosaurs may have been tripping during the cretaceous period by eating grass infected with a fungus related to LSD (and believed by some to have been the cause of the mass hysteria surrounding the Salem witch trials). I’ve heard it suggested that Santa’s flying reindeer originated from native cultures that would sometimes use a hallucinogen in religious rituals - a hallucinogen that […]
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10:19 AM | Melanoma charity uses shock tactics in new awareness campaign
Mollie's Fund strives to educate sunbed users about the skin cancer
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6:59 AM | laboratoryequipment:Chemical Find May Compromise Many Aging...
laboratoryequipment:Chemical Find May Compromise Many Aging StudiesSome studies on the genetic roots of aging will need a second look after the discovery that a common lab chemical can extend the life span of female fruit flies by 68 percent.For years, scientists have engineered fruit flies whose genes can be turned on and off by a synthetic hormone, allowing detailed studies of the effects of single genes on life span. Many of the genes have close relatives in humans. Unfortunately, the […]
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3:38 AM | huffingtonpost:See The Amazing Moment When A Deaf Person Hears...
huffingtonpost:See The Amazing Moment When A Deaf Person Hears For The First Time Scenes like this are why I’m so techno-optimistic. Go science!
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1:34 AM | Why do we need pest management?
Everybody needs to eat. Agriculture is the cornerstone of civilization, and by 2100 we’ll need to be a lot better at agriculture because there may be as many as 11 billion people on this planet. Unfortunately, agriculture is also extremely inefficient. For every 100 lbs of food which could potentially be harvested, only about 30 lbs is used by consumers. Some of this is waste, but a lot of this is pest damage. This is the main challenge for an agricultural scientist: Of 100 lbs of food […]
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12:15 AM | Bayer's Kirstyn Nicholas joins Spirit Healthcare
Takes up role as regional business director
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12:02 AM | Deal Watch table for January 2014
Table listing all the major pharma mergers, acquisitions and collaborations in the past month
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12:01 AM | Pharma deals during January 2015
Deal Watch: Major pharma collaborations, acquisitions and agreements in the past month

February 10, 2015

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8:26 PM | Poll–Mandatory vaccination and informed consent
Professor Dorit Reiss has written another wonderful article here clarifying that there really is a lack of conflict between so-called “informed consent” and public health mandates to keep citizens (especially children) safe from infectious diseases. It could not be clearer (at least to me) that informed consent does not trump the needs of the greater […]Continue reading «Poll–Mandatory vaccination and informed consent»
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7:27 PM | Vaccine Informed Consent, Mandates and Liability
Published 10 February 2015. This article was written by Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, CA.  Dr. Reiss writes extensively in law journals about the social and legal policies of vaccination. She is also member of the Parent Advisory Board of Voices for Vaccines, a parent-led organization that supports and advocates […]Continue reading «Vaccine […]
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6:07 PM | Become one of our Luminaria and help us Light the Way!
Help Biology Fortified Light the Way in 2015! (Visit the Luminaria campaign page to view the current list of signatories.) Biology Fortified, Inc. (BFI) is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to educate and engage the public about issues in food and agriculture, especially plant genetics and genetic engineering. We were an early pioneer in providing accurate and relevant science-based information and a beacon for many. Biology Fortified has a strong history in science […]
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4:30 PM | In the quantum world, the future affects the past: Hindsight and foresight together more accurately 'predict' a quantum system’s state
In the quantum world, the future affects the past: Hindsight and foresight together more accurately 'predict' a quantum system’s state: In the quantum world, the future predicts the past. Playing a guessing game with a superconducting circuit called a qubit, a physicist has discovered a way to narrow the odds of correctly guessing the state of a two-state system. By combining information about the qubit’s evolution after a target time with information about its evolution up to that […]
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3:58 PM | Reconciling patient empowerment and EU regulations
To achieve true patient-centricity, regulatory frameworks must be aligned with the real-world
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2:11 PM | Inventor turns bomb detector into cancer breathalyser
Clinical trials of Billy Boyle's device will be held in two NHS hospitals
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1:57 PM | Gilead and Achillion see 100% success rate in hep C trial
New combination treatment aims to compete in a rapidly evolving market for the disease
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1:45 PM | What can you read if you're new to NGS?
A recent BioTechniues practical guide: Libraryconstruction for next-generation sequencing: Overviews and challenges, written by Steven Head et al from the The ScrippsResearch Institute NGS and Microarray Core Facility; might be just the thing to hand out to your NGS newbies as it covers pretty much every aspect of library they need to know! The focus is very much on the options and challenges users face when making decisions about how to make NGS libraries. The article has […]
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11:20 AM | Pfizer UK appoints Erik Nordkamp as new managing director
He takes over from Jonathan Emms who moves to a global role within the firm
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10:54 AM | GSK sees COPD future in triple therapy
High hopes for once a day single inhaler
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10:21 AM | Non-profit calls to revoke Sovaldi’s European patent
Doctors of the World says Gilead is “abusing its patent” to impose unsustainable prices
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9:54 AM | Takeda's 'oral Velcade' clears first phase III hurdle
Ixazomib shows early stage promise for myeloma
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9:01 AM | VR Tech - Opportunities and Threats for Museums
A recent Wired.com article raised some interesting questions about how immersive headsets could help or hinder tourist destinations:Using technology tools like an Oculus Rift headset, you could one day virtually visit a museum, explore a theme park, and even take a hike through one of our national parks.This ability to take virtual trips raises an interesting question: Will VR help or hinder the tourism industry? Further, is it possible to make too much available online? How many will […]
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12:15 AM | ABPI names Amgen’s UK head as president
John Kearney replaces Pfizer’s Jonathan Emms

February 09, 2015

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10:55 PM | Dr. Kevin Folta joins our Board of Directors
We are pleased to announce a new member of the Board of Directors of Biology Fortified, Inc., Dr. Kevin Folta! He is the Chair of the Department of Horticulture at the University of Florida, and is well-known in our community as an accomplished scientist and communicator. Kevin blogs actively at Illumination and has contributed many posts to our blog as well. He has an incredible amount of energy and devotion to the public understanding of science, and we look forward to working with him on […]
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8:35 PM | The Incredibly Hairy Journey to DNA Extraction
A while back, I wrote of my curiosity for genomics, and understanding the hands-on aspects of collecting and analyzing DNA. I’d like to explore that topic in the next few posts, with this one focusing on collecting a hair sample, and subsequent posts following it through to the laboratory.
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