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December 15, 2014

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6:56 PM | When DNA Is Not Enough: New Research Suggests Epigenetic Factors Play an Important Role in the High Mortality Rate of the Devi Facial Tumor Disease
The Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) is a contagious cancer in Tasmanian Devils that is threatening the species with extinction. This disease is spread from individual to individual and has a 100% mortality rate. It is so deadly because, although the DFTF cells should be attached and killed by the host devil’s immune system, for […]
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6:30 PM | De-extinction as red herring
De-extinction is a topic that has troubled me somewhat. On the one hand I support the use of technology to alter our environment for the better. That is to say I do not think it is morally wrong to interfere with nature (If I did I don’t think I’d be writing this blog). On the […]
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3:59 PM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (December 8-12, 2014)
Another bonanza few days last week for biotech's...here is the weekly round-up, a.k.a. the $BLUE show. Thanks to @23aloha for the heavy lifting this week.EDIT: sorry for the blog issues, find this week's tweets at this link. [...]
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3:08 PM | Easy to Use Nuclear Staining Dye
Bio-Rad Laboratories announced the launch of its PureBlu™ Nuclear Staining Dyes, high purity formulations that simplify nuclear staining for fluorescence imaging experiments. In cell imaging experiments, DNA binding dyes are used to locate a cell’s nucleus. Current offerings of the most commonly used dyes, DAPI and Hoechst 33342, usually require time-consuming weighing and/or multiple tedious […]
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1:00 PM | Making sure amazing things happen
Joe Sornberger is Director of Communications Programs for the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation and author of the book “Dreams & Due Diligence: Till and McCulloch’s Stem Cell Discovery and Legacy.”   Amazing things can happen in 10 years. Consider the world, circa 2004. The United States had yet to elect an African American president, Steve...Read more
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12:24 PM | Legal implications of Bowman vs. Monsanto for plant synbio
I know I’m a bit slow on the uptake but last year a case was fought between Monsanto and a farmer (Bowman) in the USA who bought transgenic soybeans and used them to grow his own crop of RoundUpReady beans without paying a dime to Monsanto. Monsanto consequently took him to court and after appealing […]
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10:50 AM | Cyramza gets FDA green light in lung cancer
Drug steadily being approved for further uses
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10:28 AM | Novartis' Afinitor fails frontline breast cancer trial
Drug already approved to treat HER2-negative breast cancer
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9:59 AM | Antibiotic resistance will cause 10 million deaths by 2050
O'Neill Commission warns on global impact of infections
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9:59 AM | BIA chooses Antibiotic Research UK as charity of the year
O'Neill Commission warns on global impact of infections
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9:39 AM | Zealand's Arvind Hundal steps down as chief business officer
She leaves after five years with the Danish biotech company
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8:51 AM | Molecules used for flash memory
Scientists have used molecules to shrink the size of flash memory drives. Flash memory is the technology behind the portable computer memory drives known as USB sticks or pen drives. Flash memory has no moving parts so the info stored on flash drives is stable even when moved or exposed to different temperatures.  Flash memory […]
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2:38 AM | Portability and Accessibility: The Future of SynBio
By Aakriti Jain PLOS Synthetic Biology Community Editor I’ve been reading and writing a lot about open science, citizen science, interdisciplinary science, do-it-yourself science, and much more. But the more...
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2:38 AM | Portability and Accessibility: The Future of SynBio
By Aakriti Jain PLOS Synthetic Biology Community Editor I’ve been reading and writing a lot about open science, citizen science, interdisciplinary science, do-it-yourself science, and much more. But the more...
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12:15 AM | Taking health issues to the classroom
It’s time pharma looked to the classroom to improve the nation’s health

December 14, 2014

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11:50 AM | Avian Influenza Confirmed in 9 B.C. Poultry Barns, Affecting Over 180,000 Birds
A strain of avian influenza has now been confirmed in 9 poultry barns in British Columbia, affecting over 180 000 birds. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency first reported the presence of H5 avian influenza on December 2, 2014. At that point, it was identified in two farms in the Fraser Valley.  

December 13, 2014

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9:38 PM | A 3D Map of the Human Genome at Kilobase Resolution Reveals Principles of Chromatin Looping: Cell
A 3D Map of the Human Genome at Kilobase Resolution Reveals Principles of Chromatin Looping: Cell
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6:27 PM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (December 1-5, 2014)
Sorry for the delay, but the Tweets of the Week feature returns this weekend (maybe a newborn baby and a sick big brother is an acceptable excuse?). Hopefully you enjoy reliving the past couple weeks in the world or biotech, pharmaceuticals and drug development. Thanks as always to @23aloha for assistance in curating these blog entries. Here's my first video blog, and the rationale for 'why video'. Hope you like it. http://t.co/Wg5JnEcxvv— Brad Loncar (@bradloncar) […]
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4:01 PM | How to kickstart a controversy
To my shame I was, until today, unaware of the large controversy surrounding the well-publicised Glowing Plant project on  Kickstarter . It turns out that the offer from the people at Glowing Plant of proving seeds to grow glowing Arabidopsis to every supporter giving more than $40 met with quite a backlash. I thought this project […]
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12:35 PM | Fernando Mañé Garzón
Alguien a quien considero uno de mis maestros.Reproduzco comunicado de la SUHM:La Sociedad Uruguaya de Historia de la Medicina comunica con alegría y emoción, que el Acad. Prof. Em. Dr. Fernando Mañé Garzón será distinguido con un nuevo galardón en la larga y merecida lista de reconocimientos que su fecunda vida y profusa labor le han ganado.En este caso, el Consejo de la Facultad de Medicina le entregará el Título de Doctor Honoris […]

December 12, 2014

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10:13 PM | Off-patent GMO soybeans: What happens now?
Farmers can save these Roundup Ready seeds The development, testing, and regulation of genetically engineered crops usually takes a significant investment of time and resources, and it comes as no surprise that these crops are patented so that their developers can recoup their investments. Farmers who grow these crops usually pay licensing fees for the use of the technology, and sign license agreements that restrict their ability to save the seeds. Now, a variety of GMO herbicide-tolerant […]
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8:29 PM | Daydreaming: The Benefits of a Little Mental Break
Scott Barry Kaufman earned a doctorate in cognitive psychology from Yale University in 2009, preceeded by a masters degree in experimental psychology from Cambridge University in 2005.  This after he spent grades 1-8 in special education. Multiple early childhood ear infections caused him setbacks both education-wise  and socially. Continual bullying by a special education classmate may have further […]
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7:56 PM | Poll: your opinions about the new anti-cancer Gardasil-9 vaccine
I just wrote a couple of articles about the HPV vaccine (known as Gardasil and Silgard, while a bivalent form is known a Cervarix)–one discussing risky sexual behavior after receiving the vaccines, and the other discussing the new Gardasil-9, which protects against 9 different subtypes of the human papillomavirus. This new vaccine can protect against […]Continue reading «Poll: your opinions about the new anti-cancer Gardasil-9 vaccine»
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5:30 PM | Pharma must 'get on-board with digital health' to be more patient-focused
But it's not about us - it's about what patients want, says BMI Healthcare
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4:51 PM | Novo Nordisk launches US community healthy lifestyle programme
Community Health Collaborative initiative will be run in New Jersey
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4:42 PM | EC: Search for Rasi's replacement could take six months
Commission tells PMLiVE process could still be impacted by the procedure's complexity
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3:46 PM | Book Review: Fred Sanger's biography
Fred Sanger - Double Nobel Laureate: A Biography.Author: George G. Brownlee.Publisher: Cambridge University Press (2014) ISBN: 9781107083349Fred Sanger's biography has been written by his one-time PhD student, and long time collaborator, George Brownlee. Fred (I'll refer to him by his first name as I think he'd have been happy with the lower level of formality) is revealed to be a very modest individual who was happy to recognise the contributions of others around him. He refused a […]
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3:38 PM | P&G signs bioinformatics deal to speed new product research
Will use Eagle Genomics' software platform Eaglecore
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2:26 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 @genetics_blog: A universal genomic coordinate translator for comparative #genomics http://t.co/LSZ2YgB8cG #bioinformatics RT @Blogozoic: Mudskipper genome […]
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1:13 PM | Right Turn: Video primer on stem cells better than a “Ruff” cut
. The Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH), part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is holding its IHDCYH Talks competition to feature research that falls within its mandate of improving knowledge translation and demonstrating the value of reproductive, child and youth health research in Canada. For this competition, participants were...Read more
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