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November 17, 2014

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11:57 AM | Sanofi persuades FDA to back its MS drug Lemtrada
But only for a limited patient population, with boxed warnings and a risk plan
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8:21 AM | Why now is such a cool time to be a scientist
Sure, it is a difficult time to be a young scientist, particularly in the life sciences. We’ve all heard the doom and gloom about funding. After the financial crisis, grant funding is progressively drying up and venture capitalists and other investors are now less likely to pour money into biotech because it’s viewed as too high […]
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12:31 AM | UK know ‘almost nothing’ about pancreatic cancer
Celgene-sponsored survey shows 64% of people know little about the disease
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12:30 AM | EAHP find 86% of European hospitals facing medicine shortages
Report finds two thirds of pharmacists cite this as a daily or weekly problem
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12:15 AM | UK names guardian for national health data
Dame Fiona Caldicott is “people’s champion” for medical information
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12:01 AM | Company culture can be a balancing act
Sanofi's decision to replace Chris Viehbacher as CEO demonstrates the importance of culture in pharma’s evolution

November 16, 2014

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4:02 PM | Taking the Mystery out of Genomics
I gave my mom a hand feeding the cows yesterday and as we waited for the stragglers to arrive before rolling out grain, we started talking about genetics, and the pros and cons of bringing in another breed to the operation. The whole ordeal got me thinking, do most cow/calf producers know about the possibilities of genomics? Or understand the various ways to demonstrate genetic potential?
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1:43 AM | Blogworthiness: “It’s a Left Brain, Right Brain Thing”
As some of my readers will know, I've been interviewing science bloggers this year for my PhD dissertation on how science bloggers decide what to write about. As I'm transcribing (typing word-for-word) the interview recordings, I've been sharing short excerpts on Twitter using the hashtag #MySciBlog. Some interview gems, though, deserve to be shared in a longer format. That's how I felt about the following quote, from a scientist blogger, about how he/she decides what is blogworthy:   […]

November 15, 2014

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9:21 PM | Genetics and genomics in Brazil: a promising future PassosBueno 2014 Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine Wiley Online Library
Genetics and genomics in Brazil: a promising future PassosBueno 2014 Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine Wiley Online Library

November 14, 2014

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5:43 PM | Impressions from iGEM 2014 Giant Jamboree
The International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition, or iGEM, is an annual event in which teams, mostly comprised of undergraduates, will compete against one another to design and create novel applications in the field of synthetic biology. The atmosphere surrounding the competition and the projects is a refreshing one: they offer enticing visions of how the field of synthetic biology can grow, and how the science can be communicated in an exciting, approachable and often colorful way. […]
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5:36 PM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (November 10-14)
Time for a fresh batch of the best biotech-related tweets of the week, curated by @23aloha and @BioDueDiligence. You can also catch up on previous editions of this feature. Featured tickers: $ABBV $ACAD $AMGN $BDSI $BLUE $CAPR $CNAT $CXMI $DNDN $DVAX $FMI $GERN $GILD $HALO $JNJ $KITE $NUOT $OXGN $PBYI $PFE $RHHBY $RTRX $SNY $SRPT $TRGT Note you can use the search box at the upper right to find all BiotechDueDiligence content related to a particular stock of inter […]
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5:28 PM | Insights into the Function of P7C3 Compounds in Neuroprotection
It is fall and the season for American football. For this football fan, watching the game is a bit less enjoyable than it used to be, as more and more information is available about the serious and permanent brain injuries suffered by football players. In the introduction to a recent paper in the journal Cell, “P7C3 […]
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3:27 PM | I Review "The Peripheral" by William Gibson at Strange Horizons
So after four years of radio silence on the fiction front, William Gibson came out with a new SF novel, The Peripheral. I couldn't help but get in on that action, by which I mean, I reviewed it for Strange Horizons.A quick plug: Strange Horizons is having a fundraiser drive right now. If you've liked my reviews, other people's reviews, other people's short stories and poetry--then please consider tossing some change into the jar.
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3:21 PM | I'm Back (Soon)
So it turns out I have a lot of thoughts about a bunch of media, and I want to come back to writing about these things!So I'll be back soon. But I'm also going to do a bit of an overhaul--I need a new name, I may move this to my own server, things like that. So watch this space, if only for a redirect.(But I didn't come back just to say this. I wrote a new review! It's live! Link forthcoming!)
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1:29 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 @joe_pickrell: Useful summary of the major points from the Kostenki genome paper by @dienekesp http://t.co/f27otauMgX […]
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1:00 PM | Right Turn: “Changing the face of men’s health” (one moustache at a time)
. The month of November can mean different things to different people. For example, Canadians recognize Remembrance Day on November 11, Americans have Veterans Day and my Polish friends celebrate National Independence Day. There’s American Thanksgiving immediately followed by the countdown to how many shopping days are left until Christmas. Today, as it turns out,...Read more
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12:46 PM | EMA leaderless as tribunal forces Guido Rasi out
Court annuls appointment of executive director due to selection process concerns
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12:06 PM | Supercentenarian genomes: but are they the right ones
GenomeWeb covered a recent paper from Stuart Kim's group at Stanford University: Whole-Genome Sequencing of the World’s Oldest People. Unfortunately they did not find any longevity genes, and Kim was quoted saying "We were pretty disappointed."There is lots of suggestion that longevity has a genetic component, but I can't help but consider that the environmental component is likely to be stronger, and this would mask the genetics. Kim's study was very small, just 17 genomes, so the […]
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11:36 AM | Novo's ‘virtual mannequins’ win digital award at PMEA
Med ed programme Decisions in Time was delivered with emotive
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11:29 AM | EU watchdog raps EMA for redacted AbbVie data
Issues over the redaction of clinical study reports
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10:40 AM | Diabetes puts economic growth at risk, says IDF
Comments come on World Diabetes Day
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9:58 AM | GSW names Marci Piasecki as president
She will lead the inVentiv company's North American operations
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9:53 AM | Call for schools to help improve health literacy rates
Comes as UK's Self Care Week launches
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9:42 AM | Eisai establishes neuroscience unit in Belgium and Luxembourg
Follows the company's recent expansion in Australia
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12:15 AM | Celgene wins orphan drug award at PMEA
Company is recognised for providing early access to Imnovid in multiple myeloma
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12:15 AM | Wave adds programme manager to team
Gregor Hopkins joins from Caudex Medical
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12:01 AM | The rising prevalence of diabetes in Europe
The condition is still an unstoppable epidemic

November 13, 2014

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10:18 PM | Hey vaccine deniers–using Hitler’s Big Lie is a laughable strategy
Oh I apologize. I went full-Godwin with the title. In case you don’t know, I’m referring to Godwin’s Law, named after Mike Godwin, who asserted that “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” In other words, in an online argument, it’s almost a guarantee that someone […]Continue reading «Hey vaccine deniers–using Hitler's Big Lie is a laughable strategy»
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7:23 PM | Let Me Be Your Lab Slave
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6:45 PM | Kickstarter update: Two Weeks and Counting
Greetings, everyone! I have an update on the status of our Kickstarter rewards. We know you are eagerly anticipating getting your Frank N. Foode™ and Lanakila Ā. Papaya plushies, and a few of you have been checking in wondering what the status is. We had a couple more steps to finish, and a production delay which I will tell you about. But the good news is the plushies are being produced right now, and I have been told that there is less than two weeks left until they are finished! A […]
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