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April 16, 2015

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12:00 PM | ISSCR takes a pre-emptive stand on ethical issues
. Last month, Nature published a comment by Edward Lanphier and colleagues, which foreshadows the publication of a study in which scientists have used new genome editing tools to modify the DNA of human embryos. Author David Cyranoski weighed in, suggesting that scientists were divided on where the ethical boundaries for such a technology existed....Read more
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10:38 AM | The CementBloc adds new creative leadership team
Robin Tzannes, Sharon Howard-Butler and Marc Law join the US comms agency
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9:42 AM | AstraZeneca gains FDA orphan status for new cancer drug
Gains a longer patent life for the investigational lung disease drug
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9:38 AM | AZ and Takeda drugs should carry heart failure warning
FDA panel claim diabetes drugs Onglyza and Nesina need label updates
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9:21 AM | Health apps won't change behaviour, says professor
New op-ed argues that many applications have not been tested or approved by a regulator
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9:07 AM | Hearing loss prevention drugs expected by 2020
Report by Action on Hearing Loss launched today
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8:57 AM | FDA clears Amgen's Corlaner for heart failure
It is the firm’s first cardiovascular product to gain approval
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1:47 AM | Climate Change Denial Disorder from Funny Or DieOMG, this is...
Climate Change Denial Disorder from Ed Begley JrClimate Change Denial Disorder from Funny Or DieOMG, this is hilarious! (And sad.)
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1:24 AM | 14 things we wish somebody had actually told us about sex
micdotcom: We know for a fact that abstinence-only education doesn’t work well. In fact, based on research from the University of Georgia, it may backfire. We also know that taking your sex tips from pop culture or porn doesn’t always yield positive results, either.Most of us didn’t know exactly what we were doing in high school. So Mic asked the Tumblr-verse what they wished they had been taught that they had to find out on their own — and here were the brilliant […]
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1:18 AM | Cute, cool, and a bit gross.Reminds me of Kipf from Futurama.
Cute, cool, and a bit gross.Reminds me of Kipf from Futurama.
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1:08 AM | scientiflix: Airbone Wind Turbine Generates More Power...
scientiflix: Airbone Wind Turbine Generates More Power Safely Altaeros Energies Buoyant Airborne Turbine di­rigible can lift a generator higher than current tower mounted windturbines, producing twice ­the energy from the faster wind velocities alof­t. By: Video From Space. I had heard about this project a few years ago. Really happy to hear that it’s still moving forward. I’m also curious as to how durable these are and to what degree they may be able to replace […]
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1:00 AM | sun-cheyne: In 2003, Tansy Aspinall and her father, Damian...
sun-cheyne: In 2003, Tansy Aspinall and her father, Damian Aspinall, released the two beloved gorillas which they had raised, Djalta and Bimms, back into the wild. They haven’t seen them for the past 12 years, so they decided to travel around the globe to visit them again.The video above captures the incredible moment the gorillas are reunited with their old friends! wow, that was very moving! (And I had never before thought about the biological roots of hugging!)
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12:42 AM | think-progress: This Was The Hottest 3-Month Start Of Any Year...
think-progress: This Was The Hottest 3-Month Start Of Any Year On RecordNASA reported Tuesday that this was the hottest three-month start (January to March) of any year on record. This was the third warmest March on record in NASA’s dataset (and the first warmest in the dataset of the Japan Meteorological Agency). While I’ve been enjoying the mild winter/spring here in Seattle, clearly climate change is already pushing our weather patterns way off. How much longer are we all […]

April 15, 2015

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11:35 PM | poodlepants:A village in rural India has started a new tradition...
poodlepants:A village in rural India has started a new tradition to honor girls — every time a girl is born, 111 trees are planted in celebration on the village commons! The village is located in the state of Rajasthan, a region with such a strong preference for boys that the sex ratio is now skewed to 928 women for every 1000 men. The village of Piplantri, whose tree-planting project has transformed it into a green oasis with a quarter of a million new trees planted over the past six […]
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9:02 PM | Anti vaccine cult – violent threats against California Senator
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. The anti vaccine cult has hit another low, sending out violent death threats against California Senator Richard Pan, who introduced SB 277, the bill that would repeal the personal belief exemption to school vaccine mandates. The bill still allows for legitimate medical exemptions (like immunocompromised children who need to be protected through the herd effect). Although Sen. … Continue reading Anti vaccine […]
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5:00 PM | National Math Festival
National Math Festival: christinetheastrophysicist: On Saturday, April 18th, the first National Math Festival will take place in Washington, D.C and museums across the country. More than 70 events are planned for visitors of all ages, such as hands-on activities and lectures.For more information about the event, activities, and lectures, visit the National Math Festival website. If you can’t attend but would still like to participate, follow the event online with the hashtag […]
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4:51 PM | Honestly, I'm highly surprised that you support the FDA and their ridiculous calls on products that are totally fine, while pushing products that kill people. Read the book sweet deception if you want a clear eye opener. Unless its an outbreak, the FDA basically only does what benefits them financially. I've eaten those bars and reviewed the ingredients. There are far worse things out there that are labeled "healthy" yet the fda leaves them alone.
Hey lupusspirit =]That post was less about the FDA and more about how products are often marketed as healthy when they aren’t. People need to inspect the nutritional info and not simply trust the marketing/packaging. I’ve seen people trying to eat healthy buy “high fiber” snacks that are loaded with sugar, or sugar-free snacks that are loaded with fats. We must all be discerning shoppers and consider our particular health needs, esp as America is having an obesity […]
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4:39 PM | HaloTag® Research Application: Detection of Cancer Biomarkers
Antibodies labelled with radioisotopes or the sequential administrationof an antibody and a radioactive secondary agent facilitate the in vivo detection and/or characterisation of cancers by positron emission tomography (PET) or by single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging. There are drawbacks to both methods, including prolonged exposure to radiation and  ensuring that both the antibody and the […]
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4:13 PM | Pfizer collaborates with vloggers on YouTube smoking cessation campaign
Will work with film makers such as Dan Bull, Steven Bridges and Cherry Wallis
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4:00 PM | futurist-foresight: mapsontheweb: Ceres compared to Texas,...
futurist-foresight: mapsontheweb: Ceres compared to Texas, Pluto, and our moon. An interesting size comparison.
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3:58 PM | water is not wet
scienceshenanigans: theradhistorian: mxcleod:By the definition of “wet”, water is a factor in becoming wet, but is not wet itself, because when you are wet, you are “covered or soaked with a liquid such as water”, and water is water itself, therefore it is not wet.water is water, when water touches something that is not water, the thing that the water touches becomes wet. what the fuck Fun fact, the physical sensation or perception of “wetness” is a […]
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3:30 PM | Epigenetics Matter: Ensuring Functional Stability of Regulatory T Cell Therapy Products
Many autoimmune diseases are characterized by an imbalance between the effector and regulatory arms of the immune system: auto-reactive effector T cells are hyper-activated, while their regulatory counterparts are impaired, or at least insufficient to keep harmful effector responses in check. Regulatory T cell (Treg) cell therapy is a promising ... The post Epigenetics Matter: Ensuring Functional Stability of Regulatory T Cell Therapy Products appeared first on EpiBeat.
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3:00 PM | lohrien:Illustrations by Sousou tumblr l pixiv rad
lohrien:Illustrations by Sousou tumblr l pixiv rad
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3:00 PM | amydentata: nfdystopian: impossibletospell: gxesio: deaexlibr...
amydentata: nfdystopian: impossibletospell: gxesio: deaexlibris: acquaintedwithrask: thatssoscience: Slime mold was grown on an agar gel plate shaped like America and food sources were placed where America’s large cities are.  The result? A possible look at how to best build public transportation.  I just really like the idea of slime mold on a map of the US. It’s beautiful. I’m— holy shit I have a raging science ladyboner right now. I’d love if […]
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2:48 PM | Millennials unfazed by paid for content
New study finds that young adults will use adverts as key sources of information
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2:08 PM | Move over IHC antibodies
Despite the power and versatility of immunohistochemistry, limitations are imposed by the slow diffusion of antibodies through tissue and the need for secondary staining or signal amplification. It is shocking to think that with the millions of IHC antibodies lining the virtual shelves of the different suppliers that up to 76% of protein coding genesRead More
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2:06 PM | Creative healthcare agency Spoken Brand Narratives launches
Led by founder and managing director Bruce Ritchie
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1:35 PM | Video Tip of the Week: Viewing Amino Acid info in the UCSC Genome Browser
We’ve been doing training on the UCSC Genome Browser for over 10 years now. We’ve seen it grow from just a few genomes and a few tracks to the enormous trove of information it is today. In fact, one of the toughest things about training is how to balance all the new information and features […]

Rosenbloom K.R., G. P. Barber, J. Casper, H. Clawson, M. Diekhans, T. R. Dreszer, P. A. Fujita, L. Guruvadoo, M. Haeussler & R. A. Harte & (2014). The UCSC Genome Browser database: 2015 update, Nucleic Acids Research, 43 (D1) D670-D681. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gku1177

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11:12 AM | Should you buy a NeoPrep (or any other NGS automation)
Illumina launched NeoPrep at AGBT and Keith Robison at OmicsOmics wrote a detailed summary of what Illumina say the NeoPrep is capable of (he compared this movie of the electro-wetting technology to video games of his, and my, youth), I thought I'd write down my thoughts on how this instrument might fit into labs like mine and possibly yours too.The main selling point of NeoPrep is that it provides a one-stop solution for NGS library prep. The price point is pretty good (around £30-35k), […]
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10:09 AM | WHO calls for publication of previously unreported studies
Organisation claims results from clinical trials should be reported within 12 months
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