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First Genetically Engineered Rat Derived From ES Cells

September 2, 2010 8:41 am | News | Comments

StemCells, Inc. announced that its technology was recently used by independent researchers to achieve the first genetically engineered rat derived from rat embryonic stem cells.

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MorphoSys And Absynth Sign Collaboration

September 2, 2010 8:33 am | News | Comments

MorphoSys has signed a license and collaboration agreement with UK-based Absynth Biologics, providing access to novel target molecules associated with Staphylococcus aureus infections including MRSA (methicillin-resistant S. aureus).

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Abnormal Weight A Colon Cancer Risk Factor

September 2, 2010 8:28 am | News | Comments

Postmenopausal women diagnosed with colon cancer may be at increased risk of death if they fail to maintain a healthy body weight before cancer diagnosis, according to a study published in a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

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NIH Awards Grants for Biomedical Research In Space

September 2, 2010 8:24 am | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health announced today that it has awarded the first new grants under the Biomedical Research on the International Space Station (BioMed-ISS) initiative, a collaborative effort between NIH and NASA.

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Idera Pharma Entitled to $3.8M From Merck KGaA

September 2, 2010 8:21 am | News | Comments

Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that it has achieved a milestone, the initiation of a Phase 1b clinical trial of IMO-2055, under its worldwide licensing and collaboration agreement with Merck KGaA.

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FDA Approves LUMIGAN As First-Line Therapy

September 2, 2010 8:16 am | News | Comments

Allergan, Inc. announced the United States Food and Drug Administration has approved LUMIGAN 0.01% as a first-line therapy indicated for the reduction of elevated intraocular pressure in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.

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Black Rice Cheaper, Healthier Than Blueberries

September 2, 2010 8:09 am | News | Comments

Health conscious consumers who hesitate at the price of fresh blueberries and blackberries, fruits renowned for high levels of healthful antioxidants, now have an economical alternative, researchers report.

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NIST Develops New Lab-On-A-Chip

September 2, 2010 8:02 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated a microminiaturized device that can make complex viscosity measurements—critical data for a wide variety of fields.

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The Active Lives of Fat Cells

September 2, 2010 7:58 am | News | Comments

Scientists are reporting new evidence that fat tissue is far from being a dormant storage depot for surplus calories, it is an active organ that sends chemical signals to other parts of the body, perhaps increasing the risk of heart attacks, cancer, and other diseases.

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Frugal Microbes Reduce Protein Cost

September 2, 2010 7:56 am | News | Comments

Bacteria tend to be more frugal when constructing proteins for use outside of the cell versus internally, saving their energy for synthesizing compounds that can be recycled, according to recently published research.

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ND Supreme Court Weighs In On Precription Drug Law

September 2, 2010 7:50 am | by Dale Wetzel | News | Comments

Supporters of a voter initiative that could help bring cheaper prescription drugs to North Dakota are hoping a legal technicality won't keep them from getting the issue placed on the ballot.

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Major Leap Forward In TB Diagnostics

September 2, 2010 7:45 am | by Marilynn Marchione | News | Comments

Scientists are reporting a major advance in diagnosing tuberculosis: A new test can reveal in less than two hours, with very high accuracy, whether someone has the disease and if it's resistant to the main drug for treating it.

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Journal Editors Question Meridia

September 2, 2010 7:44 am | by Stephanie Nano | News | Comments

Editors of a top medical journal call Meridia "another flawed diet pill" and question whether it should stay on the market as a study shows it raises the risk of heart attack and stroke in people with heart problems.

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Recirculating Chiller

September 1, 2010 8:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced the launch of its NESLAB ThermoFlex series of recirculating chillers. The ThermoFlex 24000 has a cooling capacity of 24,000 watts to meet the needs of customers who require a higher level of cooling performance.

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Flow Filtration System

September 1, 2010 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Laboratories, Inc. introduces the KrosFlo Research IIi Tangential Flow Filtration (TFF) System. When used with Spectrum’s hollow fiber filters, this compact, fully integrated system provides faster separation of proteins, cells, viruses, nanoparticles, and other macromolecules.

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