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Genetic Mutation Could Help Battle Tourette Syndrome

May 6, 2010 7:04 am | News | Comments

A single, very unusual family with Tourette syndrome (TS) has led Yale School of Medicine researchers to identify a rare mutation in a gene that is required to produce histamine.

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Brain May Use tPA As Natural Protection Against Stroke

May 6, 2010 6:57 am | News | Comments

New research on the properties of the clot-busting stroke drug tPA (tissue-type plasminogen activator) suggests that tPA can act as a neuroprotectant and may form the keystone of an adaptive response to a reduction in blood flow.

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Merck and Ariad Restructure Ridaforolimus Deal

May 6, 2010 6:50 am | News | Comments

Merck and Ariad Pharmaceuticals are restructuring how they develop a potential cancer drug, with Merck saying it will cover all development costs in exchange for worldwide rights to the drug candidate.

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Court Rules for Merck in Fosamax Case

May 6, 2010 6:44 am | News | Comments

Drugmaker Merck & Co. says a federal court jury has ruled in its favor in the second trial over whether its osteoporosis drug made teeth and jawbones deteriorate.

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FIMM Utilizing Aushon 2470 in Screening Facility

May 6, 2010 6:32 am | News | Comments

Aushon BioSystems, Inc. announced that the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) will launch a cell microarray screening research program utilizing its 2470 Arrayer technology.

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ScreenTape Equal to Accepted RNA Sample QC Techniques

May 6, 2010 6:26 am | News | Comments

In a recently published paper, Lab901’s ScreenTape automated gel electrophoresis system demonstrated equivalence to - and improvements on - the accepted standard measurement of RNA sample quality control prior to microarray analysis.

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Informatics Platform

May 5, 2010 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Accelrys, Inc. announced the release of Accelrys Pipeline Pilot 8.0. This latest release of Accelrys’ scientific informatics platform has been further developed to support a greater number of scientists and researchers working individually or as collaborative teams.

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Red Fluorescent Dye

May 5, 2010 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

VisEn Medical Inc. announced the commercial launch of its new VivoTag 645 red fluorescent dye for optimized labeling of biomolecules in a broad range of in vitro and in vivo research applications.

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Harlan Laboratories Elects New CEO

May 5, 2010 7:13 am | News | Comments

Harlan Laboratories, Inc., a leading contract research organization and research models and services company, has elected Hans Thunem the company’s new chief executive officer and board member.

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CVS Caremark Profits Rise 4.5%

May 5, 2010 7:09 am | by Marley Seaman | News | Comments

CVS Caremark Corp. said its profit rose 4.5 percent in the first quarter, but said the mild cold and flu season hurt its sales.

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Control Mechanism Behind Autoimmune Diseases Discovered

May 5, 2010 7:05 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet have discovered a new control mechanism in our immune system.

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Trauma-Induced Genetic Changes May Lead To PTSD

May 5, 2010 7:01 am | News | Comments

A study at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health suggests that traumatic experiences "biologically embed" themselves in select genes, altering their functions and leading to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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FDA Approves Vyvanse PI Change

May 5, 2010 6:46 am | News | Comments

Shire plc announced that the US Food and Drug Administration approved a change to the prescribing information for its once-daily Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) treatment, Vyvanse.

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InterMune Shares Plummet on Esbriet News

May 5, 2010 6:38 am | by Marley Seaman | News | Comments

Shares of InterMune crashed in premarket trading Wednesday after regulators asked the company to perform additional tests on its lung disease drug Esbriet, potentially delaying its approval by years.

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FDA Looking for Ways to Stop DXM Abuse

May 5, 2010 6:32 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a meeting to discuss ways to curb abuse of a key ingredient found in Robitussin and other cough suppressing medicines.

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