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July 27, 2014

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8:16 PM | Gardasil (HPV vaccine) coverage and safety in the United States
Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the USA. There are more than 40 HPV sub-types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These same HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. They are transmitted from personal contact during vaginal, anal or oral sex. Some HPV subtypes, […]Continue reading «Gardasil (HPV vaccine) coverage and safety in the United States»
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6:07 PM | Studio italiano scopre per la prima volta il meccanismo alla base dell’Alzheimer
Buone notizie sul fronte della lotta all’Alzheimer: uno studio tutto italiano, pubblicato su Nature Communications, ha individuato per la prima volta il meccanismo alla base della malattia neurodegenerativa. La ricerca è stata coordinata da Antonino Cattaneo, direttore del laboratorio sulle malattie neurodegenerative dell’Istituto…Read more →
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5:58 PM | Gli alieni? Li troveremo entro vent’anni
Aumentano a ritmo incalzante le scoperte sui pianeti esterni al Sistema Solare e sulla possibilita’ che possano ospitare forme di vita. Tanto che le prime scoperte in questa direzione potrebbero non tardare molto: sono considerate un obiettivo possibile entro il 2030,…Read more →

July 25, 2014

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7:38 PM | Science Blogging as… (fill in the blank)
In science writing, there’s always something new to learn, some new adventure to try. Keep a beginner’s mind, look for new adventures, and have fun. — Dan Ferber (danferber.com, @DanFerber) Today, I decided to collect science writers’ thoughts on blogging from Ed Yong’s 2010 round-up of stories on the Origins of Science Writers. I thought it would be interesting to see how the 100+ science writers who commented on Ed’s post – many now professional […]
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4:11 PM | Diritto all’oblio: si va verso le linee guida
Dal vertice tra i Garanti Privacy Ue e i rappresentnati dei più importanti motori di ricerca è quasi in dirittura d’arrivo la decisione di elaborare le linee guida per gestire al meglio e con un’unica e chiara procedura il diritto…Read more →
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4:00 PM | Can epigenetics decode a cell’s history? Linking somatic DNA methylation, DNA repair, and gene expression
Mammalian Genomic DNA (mainly cytosines, in the doublet CpG) can be covalently modified by methylation, which is layered on the primary genetic information and alters gene expression. There are two patterns of DNA methylation. The first is stable methylation, called imprinting. Imprinting is inherited in a sex-specific fashion and is invariant among individuals and cell […] The post Can epigenetics decode a cell’s history? Linking somatic DNA methylation, DNA repair, and gene […]
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3:03 PM | Fun Friday: Western Blot Cartoon
As a fun followup to Wednesday’s blog, here is a cartoon for all you protein scientists out there. IF you would like to see more science cartoons by Ed Himelblau, you can find them in the Cartoon Lab section of the Promega PubHub.
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1:18 PM | Right Turn: Stem Cell Diabetes Treatment Looking Sweet
. It’s nice to end the week on a happy note. For a company like CCRM that commercializes regenerative medicine products and therapies, the news that ViaCyte, a company based in San Diego, California, has applied to the FDA to start clinical trials for its Type 1 diabetes treatment is good news for the industry....Read more
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12:55 PM | Division of Industry and Consumer Education Replaces DSMICA
The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has changed the name of the Division of Small Manufacturers, International, and Consumer Assistance (DSMICA). As of April 1, 2014, the DSMICA will be known as the Division of Industry and Consumer Education (DICE). The move to rename the DSMICA extends beyond the somewhat clunky nature of ... continue reading
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12:50 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 @kbradnam: Yesterday I blogged about another example of multiple bioinformatics tools that share the same […]
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10:18 AM | Nexavar fails late-stage breast cancer trial
Bayer’s oncology drug unable to improve progression free survival in new indication
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9:50 AM | GSK seeks approval for first malaria vaccine
Submits marketing application to European Medicines Agency
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9:43 AM | FDA approves pain drug that has reduced risk of abuse
Purdue’s Targiniq ER developed to deter snorting and injection
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9:32 AM | Neupogen will be first biologic on FDA biosimilars pathway
US regulator will review Novartis’  version of Amgen's Neupogen (filgrastim) over the coming months
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8:39 AM | Genentech’s Sunil Agarwal joins rare disease firm
He will serve as chief medical officer at Ultragenyx
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7:45 AM | A Bench Scientist’s Worst Nightmare
Not for the faint-hearted! Tweet This Post

July 24, 2014

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11:15 PM | Connelly Partners acquires Mc|K Healthcare
Advertising firm adds healthcare specialist to roster
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11:01 PM | Managing pharma's uncertainty
Futures we can’t predict need a strategy we can’t plan
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8:12 PM | Poll: your preferred legal tool for vaccination
In Dorit Reiss’ critical analysis of the legal tools that could be employed to improve vaccination uptake, she outlined six different legal strategies that could be employed. Do you have a favorite? Do you think one might actually work to increase vaccinations? Vote, and comment below if you have other thoughts.           […]Continue reading «Poll: your preferred legal tool for vaccination»
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7:41 PM | Improving Immunization Rates: What Can the Law Do? 
Many of us are concerned at the rise of cases of preventable diseases and the role played in that by the decision by a minority of parents not to vaccinate their children. One question is what, if any, legal tools are available to address non-vaccination. This article attempts to map out the available tools. Note that […]Continue reading «Improving Immunization Rates: What Can the Law Do? »
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3:00 PM | How camouflage may make better pacemakers
Nature has had millions of years to come up with solutions to biological problems. We can learn a lot from nature if we just stop and look. Squids and octopuses are masters of camouflage – they can change shape and colour in seconds. That ability is, in part, thanks to a protein called reflectin, which […]
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1:30 PM | What’s the Answer? (free + useful protein tools)
Biostars 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 Biostars 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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12:55 PM | Fast and Lean Medical Device Development Means Outsourcing Regulatory Expertise
Fast and lean isn’t just a formula for success in the world of IT startups — it’s also an enticing model for medical device companies trying to get off of the ground. Of course, even the most efficient corporate structure and planning won’t matter if the healthcare technology being pursued takes you down a regulatory ... continue reading
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10:11 AM | Turkey aims to become ‘global player’ in biopharma
Government pledges to boost country’s support for medicines access and R&D
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10:03 AM | FDA approves Gilead drug in three blood cancers
Zydelig recommended for use in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and two forms of lymphoma
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9:16 AM | BMJ accuses Boehringer of withholding Pradaxa data
Claims current FDA recommendation for anticoagulant may be flawed
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9:10 AM | HIV-Killing Condoms: The real story from the dendrimer who knows
  In 2005, an estimated 4.1 million people worldwide were newly infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (UNAIDS 2006). – Rupp, Rosenthal and Stanberry, 2007 Who am I? My name is SPL 7013. I am the active ingredient in those fancy new “HIV-killing condoms” you’ve been hearing about on Facebook and Twitter. The Washington Post claimed I could kill the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. That is not true, for several reasons which I will […]

July 23, 2014

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11:16 PM | Philips names head of healthcare for South Asia
Sameer Garde takes role at tech company
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11:16 PM | Community pharmacies central to diabetes fight in UK
Risk assessments can help identify people at risk of developing condition
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11:15 PM | Rare diseases and individualised approaches
Orphan drugs require a more innovative, insightful take on branding strategy
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