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Neuraltus Reports Results from NP002 Study

December 3, 2010 7:26 am | News | Comments

Neuraltus Pharmaceuticals announced top-line results from its Phase 1/2 clinical study of NP002 for the treatment of dyskinesias (muscle movement disorders) resulting from levodopa therapy for patients with Parkinson's disease.

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Study of Anti-CD19 Antibody Initiated

December 3, 2010 7:22 am | News | Comments

MorphoSys AG and Xencor, Inc. announced that they have begun Phase 1 testing of MOR208. MOR208 is a potent monoclonal anti-CD19 antibody to which MorphoSys recently gained worldwide access via a license and collaboration agreement with Xencor.

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Shire Files Suit against Impax and Watson

December 3, 2010 7:18 am | News | Comments

Shire LLC has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Impax Laboratories, Inc. Watson Pharmaceuticals, and ANDA, Inc. for the infringement three of its patents.

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FDA Questions Effectiveness of Weight Loss Pill

December 3, 2010 7:15 am | by Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration says a pill to treat obesity from Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. helped patients lose weight, though it didn't meet all the criterion set forth by the agency.

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Researchers Discover Life Built with Arsenic

December 3, 2010 7:13 am | News | Comments

Researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in California have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic.

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Positive Recommendation on AstraZeneca Cancer Drug

December 3, 2010 7:10 am | News | Comments

AstraZeneca PLC said December 2 that a Food and Drug Administration panel made a positive recommendation on vandetanib, a drug the company is developing as a treatment for a rare type of thyroid cancer.

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Microscopy Captures Video of Blood Cell Movement

December 3, 2010 6:43 am | by Steve Bradt, Harvard Staff Writer | News | Comments

A novel type of biomedical imaging, made possible by new advances in microscopy from scientists at Harvard University, is so fast and sensitive it can capture "video" of blood cells squeezing through capillaries.

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Biomarkers Could Test Huntington's Disease Treatments

December 3, 2010 6:40 am | News | Comments

A range of new clinical, functional, and neuroimaging tests make it possible to track the progression of Huntington's disease (HD) long before noticeable symptoms appear.

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Assay Methods for Biochrom Microplate Readers

December 3, 2010 6:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Biochrom Ltd announces increased functionality in its microplate readers that now enable users of GE Healthcare’s Biotrak range of immunoassay kits to download pre-programmed method definitions.

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96-well Screening Plates

December 2, 2010 7:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Biotage offers the ExploraSep 96-well screening plates to identify optimum scavengers.

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Low Profile 96-well Microplate

December 2, 2010 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Porvair Sciences Ltd has announced a low profile 96-well microplate designed to minimize the space required for compound storage.

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Findings Detail How Virus Prepares to Infect Cells

December 2, 2010 7:08 am | by Emil Venere | News | Comments

Researchers have learned the atomic-scale arrangement of proteins in a structure that enables a virus to invade and fuse with host cells, showing precisely how the structure morphs with changing acidity to initiate infection.

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Drug-like Compound Stops Thyroid Overstimulation

December 2, 2010 7:05 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have identified a compound that prevents overproduction of thyroid hormone, a finding that brings scientists one step closer to improving treatment for Graves' disease.

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Centralized Reporting for Lab Informatics

December 2, 2010 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Labtronics Inc. announced the release of Nexxis RM, a reporting tool that centralizes the reporting for all lab informatics systems into one central location.

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Cell Sorter

December 2, 2010 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MoFlo Astrios next-generation cell sorter from Beckman Coulter, Inc. features the fluidic design of the original MoFlo and the electronic processing of the MoFlo XDP.

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