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September 24, 2014

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2:46 PM | Don’t believe what Dr. Oz is saying about an agricultural herbicide
Television personality Dr Oz has released a video which talks about an agricultural product called Enlist Duo.  Virtually nothing in this video is presented accurately.  It is a prime example of fear-mongering around the issues of “GMOs” and pesticides.  I’d like to respond, point by point, to what it says that is not true or misleading.  Dr Oz’s statements/image descriptions will be in red: “The EPA is on the brink of approving a brand new […]
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1:46 PM | Video Tip of the Week: StratomeX for genomic stratification of diseases
The Calyedo team and the tools they develop have been on my short list of favorites for a long time. I’ve been talking about their clever visualizations for years now. My first post on their work was in 2010, with the tip I did on their Calyedo tool that combined gene expression and pathway visualization. […]
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8:31 AM | The Neuroscience Research App
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September 23, 2014

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6:22 PM | Lab god
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3:44 PM | Welcome to a new company built around ctDNA analysis: Inivata
Inivata, is a new company spun out of Nitzan Rosenfelds research group at the CRUK Cambridge Institute (where I work). His group developed and published the TAm-seq method for circulating tumour DNA amplicon sequencing. The spin-out aims to develop blood tests measuring circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) for use as a "liquid biopsy" in cancer treatment. Inivata has been funded  by Cancer Research Uk's technology arm CRT, Imperial Innovation, Cambridge Innovation Capital and Johnson & […]
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1:15 PM | Explosive growth in cell therapy just around the corner?
. With contributions from James Smith, a recent Oxford University graduate and current SENS Research Foundation Summer Scholar working at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.   Assume a single bacterium weighs one thousand billionth of a gram. If it, and each of its progeny, divides once every 20 minutes then the population will reach approximately...Read more
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2:11 AM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (September 15-19)
Sorry for the brief delay, but continue reading below for another edition of the biotech tweets of the week. As usual, most of the curation credit goes to @23aloha. Enjoy! Featured tickers: $AGTC $AMRN $ARWR $AVNR $IMGN $PETX $PIP $RTRX $SIGA $SRPT @adamfeuerstein Seems like the last time I read about agitation in AD pts, it was due to billions in off-label sales of antipsychotics $AVNR— John Alan Tucker (@JohnTuckerPhD) September 15, 2014 @Sport234a never seen a […]

September 22, 2014

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8:44 PM | The anti-GMO bad science checklist
This article is a substantial update of the original one published last year.  One of my favorite science websites is at Science or Not, the author of which, Graham Coghill, claims that “this website will help you separate real science from nonsense that’s masquerading as science.” Most real scientific skeptics have that goal, but Coghill does a great […]Continue reading «The anti-GMO bad science checklist»
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5:52 PM | A Photographer’s Approach for Targeting Leukemia
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3:18 PM | 12 Questions About The Future Of Genetic Counseling
Si bien la profesión (genetic counselor) como tal no existe en Uruguay, acá se plantean varias preguntas interesantes para todos los que nos dedicamos a la Genética Humana.Who The Hell Do We Think We Are? 12 Questions About The Future Of Genetic Counseling.
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12:55 PM | Why Manufacturers Should Design Medical Devices Geared Towards Women
Statistics show that women are more likely than men to use medical devices throughout their lives, the FDA reported. Manufacturers should consider women’s needs when designing medical devices and similar technologies, as women differ greatly from men in anatomy, physiology, illness symptoms, and disease risk. The FDA Voice publication reports that the federal agency is working ... continue reading
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7:13 AM | Ageing slowed by spring cleaning cells
Dietary restriction (eating less calories while still eating enough nutrients) is a powerful anti-ageing treatment. Animals from yeast all the way up to monkeys live longer when they eat less calories. Since no one wants to diet, and everyone wants to live longer, scientists have been trying to find drugs that mimic the anti-ageing effects […]
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1:26 AM | Thomas Lang makes music for Frank N. Foode™
As you know, we’re working on the music for our educational video series, Cooking with Frank N. Foode™, and we are seeking donations to help fund this important part of our new outreach project. Next, I want to introduce you to Thomas Lang, who composed the music for this series. We knew it would be a challenge to create music that fits the topics we would talk about on the show, and bring out both the science and the character of Frank N. Foode™. We were fortunate to not have […]

September 21, 2014

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11:31 PM | Bruce Peacock joins Dicerna from Ophthotech
He is appointed to its board of directors and audit committee
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11:30 PM | NHS launches MyNHS transparency site
Allows public to view performance data and shape services
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11:30 PM | Apple's HealthKit-enabled apps delayed by bug
May take two weeks to fix new software
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11:15 PM | Publicis Groupe replaces existing management board
And Maurive Levy to stay on as CEO and chair until 2017
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4:00 AM | Genetic Testing For All: Is It Eugenics?
In recent weeks, there’s been talk of three types of genetic testing transitioning from targeted populations to the general public: carrier screens for recessive diseases, tests for BRCA cancers, and non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) to spot extra chromosomes in fetuses from DNA in the maternal bloodstream. Are these efforts the leading edge of a new eugenics movement? It might appear that way, but I think not. When I began providing genetic counseling 30 years ago at CareNet, a […]

September 20, 2014

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9:33 PM | Litigating as a “debate” tactic? Andrew Wakefield’s appeal denied
This article was written by Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, CA. In this article, Dr. Reiss explains how Mr. Andy Wakefield, who fraudulently alleged a connection between the MMR vaccine (for measles, mumps and rubella) and autism, has attempted to use litigation to further his objectives in the so-called “debate” about vaccines. Dr. […]

September 19, 2014

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8:55 PM | Covering Ebola
As of September 14, 2014, 2,630 people have lost their lives to the Ebola virus, according to the CDC, with a total case count of 5,347. The current outbreak has been the subject of extended media coverage globally. But as journalists, bloggers and scientists come together to discuss the causes, implications, 'what if's', challenges and potential solutions of this outbreak, many of us have questioned whether we are focusing on the right things. Are we being scientifically accurate? […]
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7:28 PM | Do Wolves Cooperate, and Dogs Submit? A Dog Trainer’s Thoughts
Research from the American Behavior Society was noted this week in Science (22-August-2014). The title, “Wolves Cooperate but Dogs Submit, Study Suggests” caught my attention, perhaps because I was at work doing my job as a science writer/editor and the word “dog” appeared in something related to work. What could be more fun than dogs […]
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3:03 PM | InfoTNU: Genoma de los uruguayos
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2:20 PM | Right Turn: Get an earful of stem cells
> There are a multitude of ways to stay informed about research trends and advances in the field. Obvious ones, for a researcher or trainee are lab or journal club meetings, conferences, or journal subscriptions. Then there’s the online world, including any number of news aggregators, blogs and twitter — Science recently published an article of...Read more
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2:15 PM | Bayer to spin out material science division
German firm will focus solely on life sciences
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1:08 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 @girlscientist: Will be watching! RT @ivanoransky: A new partner for Retraction Watch: PRE (Peer Review Evaluation) […]
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12:01 PM | Novo Nordisk's Xultophy diabetes combo approved in Europe
Once-daily injection combines the firm's Tresiba and Victoza
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11:12 AM | FDA approves Lilly’s GLP-1 diabetes drug Trulicity
The once-weekly treatment is set to compete with Bydureon, Tanzeum and Victoza
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11:11 AM | Aurora expands its team with three new hires
Claire Mosley, Kristen Barrett and Joe Balfour join the London comms agency
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10:52 AM | NICE fast-tracks GSK's skin cancer drug Tafinlar
But only on condition the company cuts its price
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9:31 AM | Boehringer signs €465m lung cancer vaccine deal
Licenses CureVac's cancer immunotherapy CV9202
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