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The Burrill Features

Why Drug Development Is No Longer Just for Pharma

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Drug development can be expensive, but patients, their families, and researchers looking for treatments where options may be lacking are developing networks, raising money, and conducting research. Nick Sireau, chairman of the Alkaptonuria Society, discussed his own efforts to find ...

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New Drug and Device Reviews Still on Hold at FDA

While the agency funds ongoing reviews with user fees, negotiations continue on Capitol Hill.Despite progress on Capitol Hill to resolve the current fiscal crisis, drug and medical device companies poised to seek regulatory approval from the U.S. Food and Drug ...

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German Watchdog Wants Trials Data Made Public

Reliable assessment of drugs is only possible with full access to clinical study reports, institute says. A German institute that evaluates the harms and benefits of drugs and other medical interventions says reliable assessments will never be possible without complete ...

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Hot Papers

Folic acid deficiency has multigenerational effects

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Dr. Roy Gravel and Dr. Jay Cross are authors of research published in the journal Cell. "We could not have accomplished this work without key collaborations both here in Calgary and Cambridge," says Dr. Cross.University of Calgary researchers discover folic acid deficiency in animals can have severe health consequences in grandchildren and great-grandchildrenResearchers from the universities of Calgary and Cambridge, UK, have discovered that a mutation in a gene necessary for the metabolism of folic acid not only impacts immediate offspring but can also have detrimental health effects, such as spina bifida and heart abnormalities, on subsequent generations. The animal ...

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New survey of DNA alterations could aid search for cancer genes

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 BOSTON—Scanning the DNA of nearly 5,000 tumor samples, a team led by scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute has identified 140 regions of scrambled genetic code believed to contain many undiscovered cancer genes.The researchers said the mapping of the abnormal regions gives cancer scientists a starting point from which to search for as-yet undiscovered oncogenes and broken tumor-suppressor genes, which allow cells to divide and grow uncontrollably. Published in the October issue of Nature Genetics, the results are part of an ongoing international research effort to define the landscape of DNA mutations and other genetic changes that fuel ...

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Rising Stars

David Berry: Renewable Petroleum from Microbes

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David Berry is sitting in a midtown Manhattan coffee shop, taking a break from a carbon-trading conference across the street, when a news report on the wall-mounted television catches his ...

Jeffrey Bode:Peptide "Legos" to Make New Drugs

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 The market for protein-based drugs, such as insulin and human growth hormone, has doubled over the last five years, to more than $50 billion. But making therapeutic proteins is difficult. ...

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Conferences & Events

2012 July Highlights

2nd World Congress on Proteomics & Bioinformatics July 02-04, 2012 | Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel | Las Vegas, NevadaProteomics-2012 is ...

2012 June Highlights

American Society of Clinical Oncology - the ASCO Annual MeetingJune 1-5, 2012 • Friday-Wednesday McComick Place • Chicargo, IllinoisAttendees of the 2012 Annual Meeting will find cutting-edge scientific presentations and comprehensive educational content. The ASCO Annual Meeting brings together more ...

2012 May Highlights

ChinaBio® Partnering Forum 2012 May 23-24, 2012 | Wednesday-Thursday | Kempinski Hotel Suzhou | Suzhou, Jiangsu, ChinaCapturing Innovation in China™, ChinaBio® Partnering Forum is the premier life science partnering event in China. To be held on May 23–24, 2012 in ...

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New Products Release

Andor Deep-Depletion CCD Camera Captures Advance That Could Speed-Up Introduction Of Stem Cell Therapy

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Many medical researchers believe that stem cell therapy will revolutionise the treatment of human disease and may provide treatments for many currently incurable diseases. However, one problem still to be ...

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NEW Capnograph For Small Rodents & Respiratory Mechanics

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Harvard Apparatus-Hugo Sachs Electronik is proud to introduce the Type 340 Capnograph for small rodents. This extremely low dead space Capnograph makes it suitable for mice as well as other ...

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Hyglos Introduces EndoLISA®, The World’s First ELISA-Based Endotoxin Detection Method

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Hyglos today has the pleasure to present EndoLISA®, the world’s first commercially available ELISA-based endotoxin detection method. EndoLISA® is the result of several years of research and test development aimed at ...

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Not One, But Two New Standards For The Violet Laser

Polysciences is pleased to announce the introduction of two new dedicated standards for the violet laser; Violet Laser Reference Standard and Simply Cellular® anti-Mouse for Violet ...

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Looking For An Ultra Low QC For Your Hs Troponin T Assay?

Ensure the accuracy and precision of your hsTnT assay with the new Randox high sensitivity Troponin T control. Cardiac Troponins are widely used in the detection of Myocardial Infarction (MI) with ...

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Swine Flu

Why did healthy children fall critically ill in the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic?

Largest study to date finds co-infection with MRSA increased death risk 8-fold; Flu vaccination urged Boston, Mass. -- During the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, many previously healthy children ...

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Tracking Swine Flu Vaccination Rates And Attitudes Via Twitter

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A unique and innovative analysis of how social media can affect the spread of a disease has been designed and implemented by a scientist at Penn State University studying attitudes ...

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Recognitions & Appointments

Journal names discovery that HIV treatment can prevent spread 'breakthrough of the year'

Johns Hopkins researchers key part of team recognized for its scientific findings The finding of a team of researchers — including several members from Johns Hopkins ...

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Sanofi (France) Taps David Meeker as New CEO of Genzyme Corporation

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY) announced today the appointment of David Meeker as Chief Executive Officer of Genzyme, a Sanofi company, effective November 1, 2011. ...

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Abbott Laboratories's Absorb(TM) Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold Honored with Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) announced that the investigational ABSORB bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) has been recognized as the winner of the Medical Devices category in the 2011 Wall Street Journal Technology ...

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Featured Laboratories

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Novel Technology

Study: New Medical Device Extremely Effective at Preventing Immunodeficiency Virus

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  It’s often said that the HIV/AIDS epidemic has a woman’s face. The proportion of women infected with HIV has been on the rise for a decade; in sub-Saharan Africa, women constitute 60 percent of people living with disease. While preventative ...

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UCLA researchers invent portable device for common kidney tests

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(Photo credit: Ozcan Research Group)Weighing about one-third of a pound, device attaches to smartphone and provides instant resultsA lightweight and field-portable device invented at UCLA that conducts kidney tests and transmits data through a smartphone attachment may significantly reduce the ...

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Nanosensors could aid drug manufacturing

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  Chemical engineers find that arrays of carbon nanotubes can detect flaws in drugs and help improve production.CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — MIT chemical engineers have discovered that arrays of billions of nanoscale sensors have unique properties that could help pharmaceutical companies produce ...

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