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March 23, 2015

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11:57 AM | A standard Type IIS Syntax for plants
Standards are crucial to engineering, and genetic engineering is no difference. One of the tools used a lot these days in construct assembly for genetic engineering, especially in plants it seems, is GoldenGate cloning. This practice relies on a set of enzymes from the Type IIS restriction enzyme group, which cut outside their binding sites. […]
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11:20 AM | UCB: Patient centricity should move a business forward
Pharma may become obsolete if it does not include the patient voice, says Lode Dewulf
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11:10 AM | Biogen Idec claims first with Alzheimer's candidate
Aducanumab slowed down impairment in cognition and memory in early stages
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10:25 AM | Boehringer to move psoriasis programme into phase III
Candidate outperformed J&J’s rival Stelara 
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10:16 AM | Lilly signs cancer pact with Chinese biotech
Marks first major deal between a Western pharma company and a Chinese biotech
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12:16 AM | MHP Health strengthens team with four hires
Kate Pogson joins firm as its new director and joins three further appointments
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12:15 AM | Neurodegenerative research needs better cooperation, say GlobalData
And public funding must be provided to eradicate business risks
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12:02 AM | Curbing the rise of drug resistance
The pharma sector could hold the greatest power to address the global threat of antimicrobial resistance

March 22, 2015

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4:30 PM | prostheticknowledge:AscensionArtist Guy Bell has produced a...
prostheticknowledge:AscensionArtist Guy Bell has produced a levitating sculpture based on the iconic ‘All Seeing Eye’ which can look back at you:Part of it was actually constructed by an Prostheticist using [a 3D] stylus pen … The core of it was made using a laser cutter, the interior structure was built using a MakerBot 3-d Printer. It uses LEDs, a specially constructed cooling system and wireless camera/transmitters. More Here Really creepy and cool. Also a bit […]
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3:51 PM | hitrecordjoe:“Neuroscience”
hitrecordjoe:“Neuroscience”
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7:14 AM | Graphene hard drives
Scientists have made graphene magnetic and believe this might lead to hard drives that can store one million times more data. Graphene is a bit of a wunderkind. It is made up of two dimensional sheets of carbon molecules that are only one atom thick. Charcoal and the graphite in pencils comprise hundreds of thousands […]
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6:09 AM | China complets its biofuel powered first commercial flight
China’s first commercial flight powered with biofuel was successfully completed yesterday between Shanghai and Beijing. The privately owned Hainan Airlines flight used biofuel made up from used cooking oil collected from the restaurants. The biofuel was supplied by China National Aviation fuel company and energy giant Sinopec. It was a Boeing 737 plane which used 50% biofuel blended in conventional jet fuel and carried more than 100 passengers to their destination. Read more at: […]
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12:48 AM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (March 16-20, 2015)
Our apologies for being a bit late with this weeks Biotech Tweets of the Week, but on the plus side we were better able to capture the crazy Friday headlined by the early morning $BIIB BIIB037 Alzheimer's Disease data, exuberance, discussion and dissection. Thanks as always to @23aloha for curating this feature.Featuring: $SLXP $AMGN $REGN $ESPR $GILD $RTRX $BIIB $ACAD $TRIL $PRTA $ICPT $CNDO and more $XBI $IBB [...]

March 21, 2015

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10:38 PM | “Never judge a book by its cover” Or My thoughts before reading The New Celebrity Scientists by Declan Fahy
As an avid reader (If we trust my goodreads 214 books in ten years) I have always praised myself for not judging a book by its cover. Thanks to that I have discovered some of the best books I have read … Continue reading →
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9:42 PM | mindblowingscience:Changing Neurochemical Balance Makes Us More...
mindblowingscience:Changing Neurochemical Balance Makes Us More CompassionateWhat if there were a pill that made you more compassionate and more likely to give spare change to someone less fortunate? UC Berkeley scientists have taken a big step in that direction.A new study by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco researchers finds that giving a drug that changes the neurochemical balance in the prefrontal cortex of the brain causes a greater willingness to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as […]
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9:01 PM | Sooo, About That “Biodegradable Plastic”A recently published...
Sooo, About That “Biodegradable Plastic”A recently published study found that plastics imbued with chemicals to aid in biodegradability really didn’t do anything, and that the plastics persist just as long as regular ol’ polluting plastics. (x)Of course, the plastics industry blasted the study, and says it was a flawed design (x). Their major complaint is that the additives are supposed to help with “oxo-biodegradation” - that is, degrading when exposed to […]
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4:30 PM | lol This is definitely one of the best museum jokes I’ve...
lol This is definitely one of the best museum jokes I’ve seen.
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5:23 AM | Motivations to Blog about Science – #MySciBlog Data
Summary: Most science bloggers are motivated to blog by both internal motivations and external goals. In a survey of 610 science bloggers, bloggers most often mentioned having started their blogs to practice their non-technical writing skills and to educate or explain science to a non-specialist audience. Motivations to continue blogging differ slightly from motivations to start a science blog in the first place. What motivates science bloggers to blog about science? Why do they start […]

March 20, 2015

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9:05 PM | Are you ready for “personalized plants” with color changing flowers?
Join PLOS Synbio Community Editor Aakriti Jain for a Google Hangout Q&A session Tuesday, March 24 at 9 AM EST with Keira Havens and the Revolution Bioengineering team. Revolution Bio...
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9:05 PM | Are you ready for “personalized plants” with color changing flowers?
Join PLOS Synbio Community Editor Aakriti Jain for a Google Hangout Q&A session Tuesday, March 24 at 9 AM EST with Keira Havens and the Revolution Bioengineering team. Revolution Bio...
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5:48 PM | Have you signed the #Science14 letter yet?
A word cloud of the current signatories! Two weeks ago, I announced that the Cornell Alliance for Science and Biology Fortified co-sponsored an open letter to the professors and academic scientists who were targeted by the US Right to Know (USRTK) organization, seeking to read over two years of their correspondence. Our goal is to reach 1,400 signatures – 100 for every scientist who has been targeted with a FoIA. And we are less than 100 signatures away from that goal! Have you taken the […]
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4:30 PM | artandsciencejournal:Rock ‘n’ Roll NatureThere’s a cool...
Blue Ice, Shout Out Louds, 2012. http://tepitome.tumblr.com/post/103180328985 Laser Cut Record, Amanda Ghassaei, 2013. Image by Audrey Love. Years, Bartholomäus Traubeck, 2011, Galerie Lisa Ruyter Vienna, Photo: Andreas Flecklartandsciencejournal:Rock ‘n’ Roll NatureThere’s a cool record out on the market by Swedish group Shout Out Louds. Why is it so cool? It’s made of ice.Bad puns aside, the band’s record, “Blue Ice” (2012) defies expectations […]
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4:02 PM | Spring Break Staycation
Spring Fever! It seems everyone has it around here. Last week, people were the happiest I have seen in a while, and I’m certain the nicer weather had a lot to do with that. With school-age children, it seems that Spring Break is a hot topic of conversation, but an exotic vacation is not always […]
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1:11 PM | Friday SNPpets
This week’s SNPpets include CaptureSeq, a wicked cool whiteboard for your computer (I just wish you could upload an image or a doc), finding human “knockouts”, and my favorite new tool name of the week: GOTTCHA for metagenome analysis. Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot […]
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12:23 PM | Actavis makes two additions to board of directors
Michael R Gallagher and Peter J McDonnell join
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12:21 PM | Oxford Nanopore MinION for ctDNA sequencing
A great poster at AGBT was presented by Boreal Genomics and available on the Nanopore wiki for MAPpers. In A nanopore liquid biopsy Patrick Davies describes their combination of the Boreal On-Target with ONT MinION sequencing to detect mutant allele fractions in ctDNA of sub 0.1%. I spoke briefly to Andre Marziali (Boreal Founder & CSO) about the work and summarise the poster here.In the poster they describe the construction of a test sample made by mixing control plasma DNA and plasma DNA […]
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12:00 PM | Right Turn: No horsing around with this grand gesture
. American media and telecom billionaire John Malone, along with his horse-breeding wife Leslie, have generously donated U.S. $42.5 million to Colorado State University to launch the CSU Institute for Biologic Translational Therapies to develop regenerative medicine treatments to benefit animals and people. The university says the new institute “will be unique in its focus...Read more
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11:33 AM | Type 1 diabetes market to double to $13.6bn
New treatments will see this growth by 2023, according to GlobalData
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11:10 AM | FDA panel backs GSK's asthma drug Breo for adults only
Already approved to treat COPD in the US
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10:42 AM | Zealand announces management changes
Firm making the roles of chief scientific officer and chief operating officer redundant
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