September 29, 2014

4:00 AM | Human Frontier Science Program Signs DORA but Chief Calls for Action from Those Making Real Career Decisions
Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker's organization, the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), made it official on September 19 when it signed DORA, the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment. In signing, the HFSP, an international coalition funded by 15 countries to support basic life science research, pledged to follow the DORA principles to minimize the use of journal impact factors (JIFs) in scientific assessment for hiring, promotion, and funding. The HFSP's Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker says […]

September 27, 2014

12:58 AM | Banking on baby: all about umbilical cord blood stem cell transplants
Over the summer, my then-pregnant friend asked for my opinion about umbilical cord blood banking, naturally sending me into a world of fascinating biology, cutting edge medicine and some ethical quandaries. If you can afford the $1000-2000 processing fee and at least $100 a year to store the blood, banking seems like a no-brainer. “You […]

September 26, 2014

1:15 PM | Right Turn: Dear teacher, this is how I spent my summer vacation…
. An interest and appetite for science appears to be alive and well in two jurisdictions where high school students competed for the chance to spend part, or all, of their summer learning about stem cells and biomedical research. The winners of a science animation festival spent one week at the Institute of Biomaterials and...Read more
12:00 PM | Biomarkers in Cancer Research: An Introduction
As a term, “Cancer Research” covers a broad range of scientific investigation. Many of us think of cancer research as the development of new drugs to treat patients – known […]

September 25, 2014

4:00 AM | Outreach Grants Will Promote Basic Science from Galway to San Quentin Prison
Inmate-college students at San Quentin Prison will soon have microscopes for their biology lab through an ASCB Outreach Grant, offered by the Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS) outreach subcommittee. ASCB members Ryan McGorty and Adam Williamson, both postdocs at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), asked for the outreach grant to help their volunteer efforts as instructors for a introductory biology course for prisoners.  Susan Walsh shows […]

September 24, 2014

7:29 PM | Cardiac cell therapy: three papers at a glance
Cardiac cell therapy sounds like a promising idea: use the patients’ own cells to enhance healing or even regenerate the damaged heart muscle. Doctors have taken up the promise, testing it in clinical trials involving thousands of patients. But a basic problem facing the field is this: naked cells don’t appear to stay in the […] The post Cardiac cell therapy: three papers at a glance appeared first on Lab Land.

September 23, 2014

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
4:00 AM | Empathy Comes Before Data in Talking Evolution with Doubters, Says NCSE’s Ann Reid
In Philadelphia this December, Ann Reid's mission will be to talk to scientists about talking about the science of evolution without losing their scientific cool. "It's not about the science," says Reid, the new Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), "or at least you have to get a lot of stuff out of the way before you talk about the science." Fighting the good fight for evolution requires empathy first, PowerPoint slides later, NCSE’s Ann […]
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