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March 28, 2014

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2:19 PM | Right Turn: Stripping down to the muscle
> Michael Rudnicki has been studying muscle biology for a long time… all the way back to his days as a graduate student. In this time, he’s contributed greatly to our understanding about muscle formation and the molecular “switches” that guide a stem cell’s decision to develop down the pathway towards muscle or brown fat....Read more
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1:39 PM | Get More Out of Your Lentiviral Production
This review is a guest blog by Amy Landreman, Product Specialist in Cellular Analysis at Promega Corporation. Lentiviral vectors (LVV) have become a valuable research tool for delivering genetic content into a wide range of cell types. Commonly derived from the HIV-1 genome, LVV have the advantage of being able to infect both dividing and […]
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1:05 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 @manuelcorpas: #PLOSONE: openSNP–A Crowdsourced Web Resource for Personal Genomics via @gedankenstuecke http://t.co/axQ4NNhDjc Testify: music genome, […]
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11:42 AM | FDA panel rejects Novartis' heart failure hope serelaxin
Decision follows EMA knock back earlier this year
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11:33 AM | Pfizer gains ground in cholesterol antibody chase
 Reports positive phase 2b data for its PCSK9 blocker
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9:48 AM | Online Parkinson’s platform could revolutionise chronic disease care
ParkinsonNet connects patients with doctors in a virtual setting
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9:47 AM | EMA's Dr Stella Blackburn joins Quintiles
Takes up global head of risk management post
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9:46 AM | Baxter splits in two, spinning off biotech business
The 'new' Baxter will focus on medical products
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8:00 AM | OpenSciLogs: An Experiment in Crowd-funded, Open, Participatory Science Journalism
OpenSciLogs is a new project at SciLogs.com designed to introduce crowd-funded, open, participatory science reporting to the science blogosphere and beyond. Each month (or so), an OpenSciLogs story project, lead by a selected SciLogs.com blogger, will be introduced here and on the crowd-funding site Indiegogo (the first OpenSciLogs Indiegogo page to come soon). If and once funded, the selected blogger will lead his or her OpenSciLogs story project with open participation from other […]

March 27, 2014

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8:09 PM | Noninvasive Brain Surgery
Star Trek comes to life! Tweet This Post
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2:25 PM | Breaking News: Growing Concerns Over STAP Cell Sources
“Very sad results,” said cloning pioneer Teruhiko Wakayama about the latest troubling development in the STAP (“acid bath”) stem cell investigation. “I simply feel sad,” echoed Shinichi Nishikawa, former deputy director of Riken Center for Developmental Biology.Read more about Breaking News: Growing Concerns Over STAP Cell SourcesComments
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12:58 PM | What’s the Answer? (pre-defined gene sets)
BioStar is a site for asking, answering and discussing bioinformatics questions and issues. We are members of the community and find it very useful. Often questions and answers arise at BioStar that are germane to our readers (end users of genomics resources). Every Thursday we will be highlighting one of those items or discussions here […]
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12:12 PM | Signal Transduction: Poetry in Motion
When I was in school, the scary parts of biology were cellular respiration and the synthesis and degradation pathways of the 20 amino acids. Each of us probably has our own personal bionightmares. For today’s students it could be all those interconnected pathways that depict the signals, receptors, second messengers and beyond that enable cells to function and specialize.… Read the restThe post Signal Transduction: Poetry in Motion appeared first on DNA Science Blog.
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12:00 PM | How Kids Learn Behaviors from Video Games
We naturally learn from our environment, including the media we use, whether it’s a television show, a radio station, or a video game. And the media can teach us certain behaviors that we, and others, might not even be aware of. This is why a group of researchers recently took a closer look at how … Continue reading »
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11:22 AM | Hematopoietic Growth Factors and Hematopoiesis Transplantation
Hematopoietic stem cells are variants specifically found in bone marrow or blood in the umbilical cord, which is responsible for the formation of platelets, as well as RBCs (red blood cells) and WBCs (white blood cells). Hematopoietic stem cells (HSc) are also known as Blood cells. These powerful cells are in charge of continuous bodycare and […] The post Hematopoietic Growth Factors and Hematopoiesis Transplantation appeared first on Regeneration Center of Thailand.
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11:22 AM | NICE consults on value-based assessment changes
Aims to create a more flexible approach to drug funding decisions for NHS in England and Wales
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10:35 AM | Final NICE backing for MabThera in rare condition
Roche drug available in England and Wales to treat rare form of vasculitis
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10:01 AM | EMA clears GSK's diabetes therapy Eperzan
Once-weekly GLP-1 therapy will line-up against Victoza and Byetta
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10:00 AM | Illumina vs LifeTechnologies: the latest instrument comparison
A recent PLoS One paper is perhaps the latest battle in the Illumina vs LifeTech war. The latest paper in PLOS ONE presents a comparison of MiSeq and Proton PI sequencing to detect chromosome abnormalities in self-aborted foetuses: Chen et al: Performance Comparison between Rapid Sequencing Platforms for Ultra-Low Coverage Sequencing Strategy .The group were aiming to evaluate the use of ultra-low coverage sequencing (ULCS) to identify aneuploidy for potential use in the clinic. They compared […]
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9:38 AM | Merck KGaA loses global head of R&D
Senior reshuffle also sees departure of head of Merck Millipore
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12:16 AM | EFPIA hires director of European affairs
Elizabeth Kuiper will join trade body on May 1
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12:15 AM | AstraZeneca launches delivery service for Nexium
Expands its US direct-to-patient programme
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12:02 AM | Let's rock the system
Marketing is about influencing the decisions your audiences make. But to get there, you may need to change your habits of a lifetime

March 26, 2014

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8:52 PM | The Human Brain Project Expands Its Reach Beyond Europe
The Human Brain Project (HBP), which began in October 2013, is a European initiative aimed at creating the world’s largest experimental facility for ground-breaking research into the structure and function of the human brain. The project has a budget of €1 billion and is funded by the EU, Member States and other sources. This past [...]
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5:41 PM | Moving and Growing: A New Home for Promega Connections
Readers, the Promega Connections blog is getting a new home and a new domain. You will now be able to find us at http://www.promegaconnections.com Why are we moving? And, how does it benefit you? It’s a shorter, more memorable URL. By hosting Promega Connections on an internal server, all of the rich technical content of […]
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4:32 PM | III Jornadas de la Sociedad Uruguaya de Genética (SUG)
III Jornadas de la Sociedad Uruguaya de GenéticaComplejo Cultural de la Torre de las Comunicaciones (Guatemala 1075 y Paraguay) Montevideo, Uruguay7 y 8 de mayo de 2014InscripciónEl formulario adjunto se debe completar y enviar por mail a:sociedaduruguayadegenetica@gmail.comResúmenesLos resúmenes tienen una extensión máxima de 400 palabras. En la primera línea, indicar el área (Genética Evolutiva y Biodiversidad, […]
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3:24 PM | 3TC-seq: differential expression from degraded RNA
Joakim Lundeberg at the Science for Life Laboratory, Stockholm, Sweden has published a nice paper in PLoS One on the impact of RNA degradation on the quality of RNA-seq and differential expression results: Sigurgeirsson, Emanuelsson & Lundeberg: Sequencing Degraded RNA Addressed by 3' Tag Counting. PLOS ONE 2014. They used high-quality cell line RNA degraded to specific RINs by metal hydrolysis to demonstrate that "RIN has systematic effects on gene coverage, false positives in […]
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2:34 PM | Not Music to Everyone’s Ears
When my son was about 2 years old, he commented that the jingles “Twinkle twinkle little star” and “alphabet song” had the same musical notation. While I do not think I am tone deaf and I do appreciate music, I had not made the connection in all these years.  Music appreciation is perhaps one of […]
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1:41 PM | Video Tip of the Week: AGRICOLA for agricultural science searches
Although lots of attention and resources are focused on human genomics and disease, I keep track of a lot of work on agricultural genomics fronts as well. In many ways, the techniques and technologies of genomics are already paying real benefits–and some tools are even further along in important agricultural species–than they are for human […]
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11:34 AM | GSK withdraws melanoma combo in EU
EMA says it needs more data to review Mekinist and Tafinlar
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