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March 27, 2015

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11:39 AM | Shire links with US hospital for rare disease research
Will work with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Centre novel therapies
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11:10 AM | AstraZeneca joins Genomics England consortium
Combines with other pharma firms such as Illumina to utilise genetic data to create new medicines
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11:00 AM | Novo Nordisk will refile rejected diabetes duo in US
Danish firm hopes it will be second time lucky with key treatment
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10:44 AM | German pharma market to edge up to $65bn by 2020
Report finds that laws designed to curb drug prices will also slow down growth
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12:02 AM | It's time to get diabetes right
Patients should have access to the right treatment and care, at the right time, says the ABPI Pharmaceutical Diabetes Initiative 
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12:02 AM | IMI picks Ipsen's Marc de Garidel to chair governing board
He takes over from former UCB CEO Roch Doliveux

March 26, 2015

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8:18 PM | Glyphosate causes cancer – so do apples
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Glyphosate (Monsanto’s Roundup)  is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that are known to compete with commercial crops grown around the world. It has several advantages over many herbicides in that it breaks down in the soil into non-toxic organic molecules, reducing or eliminating contamination of groundwater and … Continue reading […]
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7:27 PM | designersofthings: China’s First 3D Printed Car Costs Only $1700...
designersofthings: China’s First 3D Printed Car Costs Only $1700 to Make Chinese companies have already shown us how they are using 3D printers to build homes. This week Chinese tech firm, Sanya Si Hai 3D, unveiled its first 3D printed car, a bold orange Sedan called Shuya. The car was printed in five days and cost only $1700 to make.  Read More So this is pretty amazing. And hell, I’d buy one! But more importantly, this is a sign of what’s to come, the opportunities […]
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7:27 PM | Autism Gene Discovery Recalls Alzheimer’s and BRCA1 Stories
Discovery of a new gene behind autism cleverly combines genetic techniques new and classic. Autism has been difficult to characterize genetically. It is probably a common endpoint for many genotypes, and is a multifactorial (“complex”) trait. That is, hundreds of genes … Continue reading »The post Autism Gene Discovery Recalls Alzheimer’s and BRCA1 Stories appeared first on DNA Science Blog.
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6:35 PM | usagov:From the Department of Interior:Here’s some serious cute...
usagov:From the Department of Interior:Here’s some serious cute for your morning: Two bear cubs holding paws at Lake Clark National Park in Alaska. Lake Clark is home to a diverse population of wildlife, including brown bears. During the summer months, it’s common for visitors to see a gathering of bears along Lake Clark’s Cook Inlet. Photo by Mary Gretchen Kaplan (www.sharetheexperience.org). Everyone needs some cute animals on their dash now and then.
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6:30 PM | Refusers misuse GMO rice research data
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Updated 26 March 2015. Scientific American blared a headline that “Genetically Modified Crops Pass Benefits to Weeds,” which claimed that the results of a study of GMO rice indicated that the rice might pass certain genetic information to “weeds,” which will then get an unintended biological fitness increase. They stated that the GMO rice could pass bioengineered genes … Continue […]
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5:44 PM | Biotech Reading List
Trial Results Seldom Posted to Clinicaltrials.gov as RequiredSarah Wickline Wallan (Medpage Today)Finding Success In Failing Early: All About ExecutionAnkit Mahadevia (LifeSciVC)Amgen Releases A Giant Genetic Portrait Of A Nation -- And A Map Of The FutureMatthew Herper (Forbes) $AMGNIs slack science reporting letting down the public?Lucy Ward (The Guardian)What's That Stuff? Magic Sand And Kinetic SandAndrea Widener (C&E News)New Research Shows We May Be Looking at Alzheimer's All […]
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4:33 PM | All the Science That’s Fit to Blog – #MySciBlog Dissertation Talk
Below is a presentation that I recently gave to my peers at Louisiana State University, on the topic of #MySciBlog research. You may enjoy the information and a summary of the research I've conducted with the help of Experiment.com and generous science crowd-funders. (I'll post here when my dissertation manuscript is up at LSU for public to read!) Let me know if you have any questions! For more information, visit my figures at figshare.    
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4:31 PM | Synthetic antibodies. Where do Affimers fit in?
Synthetic antibodies, also commonly termed aptamers, have started a step-change in the antibody world. After their slow beginnings of scientists tinkering with alternative affinity reagents in labs, synthetic antibodies are now coming to the fore as reagents for use in biological research and medicine. This is evidenced by the high investment in and numerous acquisitionsRead More
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4:30 PM | Liver Bile May Extend Life & Destroy TumorsThis study is...
Liver Bile May Extend Life & Destroy TumorsThis study is still in early phases, so don’t go around drinking any gross bile stuff. (And I won’t even ask how you got that!)Also, pretty cool that this discovery stemmed from anti-aging research. I’m still wondering if I’ll be part of the first generation of humans that can decide when and if to die - or if I’ll be a member of the last generation to not have those options! Highlights:..For the study, the research […]
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1:41 PM | What’s the Answer? (alignment editors)
This week’s highlighted question is from the Bioinformatics discussion area at Reddit. There are a range of topics discussed in that subreddit, and some of the tool-specific ones are very helpful in learning about new software. What are some of the best multiple alignment editors that allow for manual editing? Cross-platform/open-source would be preferred. –AtlasAnimated […]

Larsson A. (2014). AliView: a fast and lightweight alignment viewer and editor for large datasets, Bioinformatics, 30 (22) 3276-3278. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btu531

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humanæAngélica Dass
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11:59 AM | Icelandic genome study yields new disease genes
Nature Medicine study focuses on the probability of developing Alzheimer’s
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11:28 AM | Leo Pharma sets out its social media principles
Also expands its use of Twitter with two new accounts
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11:12 AM | Merck KGaA 'to promote' Stefan Oschmann to chief executive
German phamra company reportedly set to elevate him to the top job next year
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10:33 AM | Takeda's once-weekly DPP-4 inhibitor cleared in first market
Zafatek’s authorisation one of a flurry new approvals for a number of firms in Japan
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8:53 AM | WHO: Medicine costs ‘too high’ for European governments
New report shows transparency and co-operation needed to help reduce drug prices
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8:53 AM | WHO: Medicine costs ‘too high’ for European governments
New report shows transparency and co-operation needed to help reduce drug prices
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8:16 AM | Final NICE ‘no’ for Celgene’s Imnovid
England’s pricing watchdog says the multiple myeloma drug is simply too expensive for the NHS
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4:00 AM | Autism Gene Discovery Recalls Alzheimer’s and BRCA1 Stories
Discovery of a new gene behind autism cleverly combines genetic techniques new and classic. Autism has been difficult to characterize genetically. It is probably a common endpoint for many genotypes, and is a multifactorial (“complex”) trait. That is, hundreds of genes contribute risk to different degrees, as do environmental factors. Research reports implicate either dozens of genes in genomewide sweeps, or focus on a few genes that encode proteins that act at synapses, such as […]
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2:37 AM | micdotcom:A team of biohackers has figured out how to inject...
micdotcom:A team of biohackers has figured out how to inject your eyes with night vision Science for the Masses, a group of biohackers based a couple hours north of Los Angeles in Tehachapi, California, theorized they could enhance healthy eyesight enough that it would induce night vision. To do this, the group used a kind of chlorophyll analog called Chlorin e6 (or Ce6), which is found in some deep-sea fish and is used as an occasional method to treat night blindness. To test it out, […]
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12:48 AM | brucesterling:*Nothing to see here That’s just scientific fact. 
brucesterling:*Nothing to see here That’s just scientific fact. 
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12:01 AM | Teva appoints Timothy Wright as business development head
The former Covidien Pharma president most recently led a US cancer centre

March 25, 2015

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8:10 PM | Big Pharma vaccine profits – the real conspiracy
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Updated 25 March 2015 One of the ongoing memes, tropes and fabrications of the vaccine deniers is somehow, somewhere, in some Big Pharma boardroom, a group of men and women in suits choose the next vaccine in some magical way, and foist it upon the world just to make billions of dollars. And while magically concocting … Continue reading Big Pharma vaccine profits – the real conspiracy →Continue reading […]
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4:30 PM | Judge a Man by His Fingers: Digit Ratios May Predict Behavior...
Judge a Man by His Fingers: Digit Ratios May Predict Behavior Toward WomenSo, frankly, I’m a bit skeptical. (Maybe I’m a bit closed-minded.) But this study seems to have found a correlation and some research to suggest a viable link. That said, I do find it interesting, even if just as an idea. Highlights:Maybe you should take a good look at your partner’s fingers before putting a ring on one. Men with short index fingers and long ring fingers are on average nicer towards […]
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