July 21, 2014

2:27 PM | 1st Altmetric conference - Sept 25/26th in London
I've been a user of Altmetric for a while now and very much like what they are doing with article metrics. I'm sure many Core Genomics readers will also have seen the Altmetric badge on their own papers. Now Altmetric are hosting their first conference.The meeting aims to demonstrate how users are integrating Altmetric tools into their processes. Hopefully they'll cover lots of interesting topics and spend some time talking about how the community can keep tools like Altmetric from becoming […]
2:21 PM | Report On Medical Device Approval Process Underlines Areas To Improve
There’s good news from the CDRH regarding its strategy to more rapidly bring medical devices to market in crucial, innovation-linked treatment areas. A third-party study of the medical device submission process, carried out by Booz Allen Hamilton, was published in June of 2014 and indicated that the FDA has been able to make progress in ... continue reading
1:46 PM | A History of Bioinformatics (told from the Year 2039)
A week or so back I was watching the chatter around the #ISMB / #BOSC2014 meeting, and saw a number of amusing and intriguing comments about Titus Brown’s keynote talk. CTB talking as if date were 2039. "'bioinformatics' and 'systems biology' are now simply 'biology" #BOSC2014 — Stephen Turner (@genetics_blog) July 11, 2014 #BOSC2014 @ctitusbrown […]

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1:37 PM | Highlights from The Business of Regenerative Medicine Course
. The Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) just finished hosting the 7th annual Business of Regenerative Medicine course here in Toronto, which saw many notable figures in the space come to weigh-in on a number of critical issues relevant to commercialization in the world of regenerative medicine and cell therapy (RM).   The...Read more
11:36 AM | Failed HIV cure can't dent spirit at Melbourne conference
Still 'feasible' to end Aids epidemic by 2030
11:28 AM | Clinical study potential for electronic health records
But red tape still needs to be reduced if trials are to be simplified
11:23 AM | Pharma joins tributes to Aids researchers lost on flight MH17
Toll of Malaysian Airlines jet crash in Ukraine includes 'HIV hero' Dr Joep Lange
8:22 AM | AZ unveils plans for new Cambridge HQ
Construction of its Cambridge Biomedical Campus will start early next year
1:01 AM | BiotechDueDiligence Journal Watch
Nature Outlook: Epilepsy [collection of free articles]Clinical Trial Transparency — Antidote to Weaker Off-Label-Promotion Rules?Keith Outterson. New England Journal of Medicine.U.S. Food and Drug Administration Inspections of Clinical Investigators: Overview of Results from 1977 to 2009.Morgan-Linnell et al. Clinical Cancer Research.Overcoming Drug Development Bottlenecks With Repurposing: Old drugs learn new tricksStephen Strittmatter. Nature Medicine.Drug Companies' Patient-Assistance […]
12:43 AM | Biotech Reading List
Drive-Thru Health Care: How McDonald's Inspired An Urgent Care Gold RushBrian Solomon (Forbes)Each of these Hepatitis C pills cost $1,000. That's actually a great deal.Sarah Kliff (Vox) $GILDAn Alzheimer's Blood Test? Not So FastStudies Show? Not So Fast.Derek Lowe (In the Pipeline)ONE OF A KIND: What do you do if your child has a condition that is new to science?Seth Mnookin (New Yorker)Should Roche's Failed Trial Give Hope To Alzheimer's Patients?Matthew Herper (Forbes)Twenty six of the best […]

July 20, 2014

11:15 PM | Ex J&J VP joins board of Immune
Cameron Durrant also has senior experience at Pharmacia
11:15 PM | NICE confirms wider statin use
Reduces threshold for risk of heart disease
10:39 PM | Biodiversidad y mutaciones dibujadas
Ultimamente me he topado, más o menos casualmente, con unos dibujos impresionantes sobre el fenotipo de insectos mutantes. No es del todo casual ya que siempre estoy atento a esas cuestiones (diversidad genética y efecto de las radiaciones en la salud genética humana, escribí sobre eso aquí).Una artista-científica que se dedicó a dibujar insectos mutantes es Cornelia Hesse-Honegger. Algo de su trabajo se puede ver en:Chernobyl’s Bugs: […]
10:00 AM | This Is NOT a Story about Sniffing Farts for Health
Woe is the reporter who can’t help but make a new scientific paper into a fart joke. But seriously. Was there any reportable science behind headlines of Fart gas may help prevent dementia, heart disease: study and Cancer Risk Reduced by Smelling Farts Study Suggests? Forget farts, those headlines make me sick. A Liberty Voice reporter wrote “[h]ydrogen sulfide was previously considered to be a toxic molecule until more recent research has proved that in small doses it has its... […]

July 19, 2014

9:00 AM | Flying an Airplane isn’t Rocket Science. Wait…
FromTheLabBench note: My little sister Angie (a to-be undergraduate student at the University of Vermont) recently flew an airplane ALL BY HERSELF. If some of my readers don't know this about me, I am terrified of airplanes. So as soon as I heard she had landed safely, I did the first thing you'd expect me to do. I asked her to write a guest blog post here! “Are you good to go? No questions?” My flight instructor, Ron, asks me... Read more

July 18, 2014

5:52 PM | Bioluminescence from the Sky to the Ocean Depths
It is nearly one month past the summer solstice and here in southern Wisconsin, the glow of fireflies at dusk and into darkness is a summertime pleasure not to be missed. Fireflies employ the substrate luciferin and the enzyme luciferase, to produce their bioluminescence. The flash of a firefly lantern is designed to attract a […]
4:00 PM | Gene Transcription: Not Always Dictated by Histone Modifications!
The proper regulation of gene expression is of fundamental importance in the maintenance of normal growth and development.  Misregulation of genes can lead to such outcomes as cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative disease.  A key step in gene regulation occurs during the transcription of the chromosomal DNA into messenger RNA by the enzyme, RNA polymerase II. […] The post Gene Transcription: Not Always Dictated by Histone Modifications! appeared first on EpiBeat.
2:19 PM | Right Turn: Nailed it! The making of a stem cell exhibit
A few months ago, I mentioned that we were involved in the creation of a traveling science exhibit with a number of great partners, and introduced one of the fictional characters, the “Regenerator”, who will be appearing as one of our stem cell superheroes. A lot has happened in the three months, and the exhibit,...Read more
2:12 PM | It's on: Shire and AbbVie agree £32bn takeover
Companies agree deal that is set to cut US pharma company’s corporate tax bill
2:08 PM | DNA
DNA is also known as Deoxyribonucleic Acid. DNA is considered to the building block of the body and is found in the nuclei of all cells.  Found inside the nucleus the DNA strands are sets of chromosomes. Each set of chromosomes have a constriction point from where two arms are formed called the centromere. The […] The post DNA appeared first on Regeneration Center of Thailand.
2:01 PM | Science provides clues to origins and evolution of zoonotics
Zoonotic diseases have been infecting people for a long time. European researchers recently found the genome of a brucellosis-causing bacterium in a 700-year-old human skeleton in Italy, Science World Report notes. Brucellosis infects several livestock species and humans can contract it through unpasteurized dairy products or direct contact with sick animals. Brucellosis isn’t the only disease that’s made the leap from beast to man. In fact, the Canadian Agricultural Safety […]
1:16 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 @marc_rr: Cell lines are an even worse mess than I thought, shows @calipho2. E.g.: contamination […]
10:03 AM | Novartis' vaccine sales decline ahead of GSK transfer
Only business not to show growth during second quarter of 2014
9:47 AM | Amgen's Sensipar follow-up clears phase III trial
AMG 416 meets objectives in hyperparathyroidism
9:44 AM | FDA approves drug for rare swelling diseases
Salix and Pharming’s Ruconest is made from the milk of genetically-modified rabbits
8:14 AM | HEAL membership grows
Five agencies join network healthcare media agencies
8:04 AM | Anthea Davies joins Cello Health Communications
Agency also appoints Emma-Kate Yates

July 17, 2014

9:21 PM | A hint at the genomes impact on our social lives
GWAS is still in the news and still finding hits, the number of GWAS hits has increased rapidly since the first publication for AMD in 2005. Watch the movie to see the last decade of work!A recent paper in PNAS seems to have got people talking: in Friendship and natural selection Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler describe their analysis of the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) data; specifically the data of people recorded as friends by participants. The FHS recorded lots of information about […]
7:32 PM | A Scientist’s Ideal Girlfriend?
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6:20 PM | Poll: how do you pay for your immunizations?
Until recently, I didn’t think there was much of an issue about patients or parents paying for vaccines. My perspective is certainly USA-based, but it would be interesting to see how people are paying for their vaccines.              Continue reading «Poll: how do you pay for your immunizations?»
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