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Defining Human Uniqueness In 'Almost Chimpanzee'

September 24, 2010 2:33 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Humans and chimpanzees share very similar genes -- some analyses peg the differences at just 1 percent. But in his book Almost Chimpanzee, science writer Jon Cohen focuses on our differences, from the way we eat and communicate to our susceptibilities to disease and aging.

Who Decides The Price Of Human Life?

September 24, 2010 2:33 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Personalized medicine promises to deliver more tailored health care. But what if a person's genes reveal he won't get much benefit from the only available treatment? Ethicist Leonard Fleck discusses the tough decisions Americans face in deciding whether to pay for others' expensive treatments.

Drilling Down To Rescue Miners

September 24, 2010 2:33 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Three separate rigs are drilling escape shafts to free the 33 miners trapped half a mile beneath the Atacama desert in Chile. Mine safety advocate Davitt McAteer and drilling engineer Rudy Lyon discuss the technology being used in the rescue and how miners can be kept out of harm's way.

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Forensic Artists Use Talent To Solve Crimes

September 24, 2010 2:33 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Many police departments use forensic artists to help solve crimes. From composite sketches to facial reconstructions, the work of these artists combines creativity, science and detective skills. Artist Karen T. Taylor and anthropologist Mary Manhein discuss the science behind forensic art.

From White Paper To Wanted Sign

September 24, 2010 2:32 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Stephen Mancusi worked for the New York Police Department for 27 years as a forensic artist. He specializes in composite sketching -- the process of interviewing victims and witnesses to create a drawing of a perpetrator that is released to help police find suspects.

Health insurer rule draft yields few surprises

September 24, 2010 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The framework for a key health care reform rule governing insurance companies wound up falling mostly in line with Wall Street expectations, according to a Leerink Swann analyst.A draft of the rule for medical loss ratios was released Thursday by the National Association of Insurance...

MLSC appoints Borisy, Fuchs, Nelsen to science board

September 24, 2010 12:33 pm | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has appointed three new members to its scientific advisory board, including Gary Borisy of the Marine Biological Laboratory, Rainer Fuchs of Biogen Idec Innovation Incubator, and Lita Nelsen of the MIT technology licensing office.

Electric Dental Handpieces and Electric Oral Bone-cutting Handpieces: Safety Investigation of Patient Burns

September 24, 2010 12:33 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Device overheating may result in serious 1st to 3rd degree patient burns.

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Sanofi-aventis, Dana-Farber enter cancer therapeutics deal

September 24, 2010 11:34 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

French drug giant Sanofi-aventis has entered into a collaboration deal with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Belfer Institute of Applied Cancer Science that will bring $33 million to the institute.

MLSC appoints Borisy, Fuchs, Nelson to science board

September 24, 2010 11:33 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has appointed three new members to its scientific advisory board, including Gary Borisy of the Marine Biological Laboratory, Rainer Fuchs of Biogen Idec Innovation Incubator, and Lita Nelsen of the MIT technology licensing office.

Blood Flow Velocity Comes to Ultrasound Images

September 24, 2010 10:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Inc. has introduced two new fully integrated analog front ends (AFEs) with a continuous wave (CW) Doppler mixer for mid- to high-end, Spectral Doppler ultrasound equipment.

Modular Cleanrooms Enable Expansion or Reconfiguration of Clean Operations

September 24, 2010 10:13 am | Simplex Isolation Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Expand or reconfigure clean operations with Airlock modular cleanrooms from Simplex. Ideal for clean assembly areas, packaging, or R&D.

Disposable Cables for Minimally Invasive Surgery

September 24, 2010 10:06 am | Quabbin Wire & Cable Company Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Quabbin Wire & Cable Co. Inc. produces a variety of electronic cables for medical, robotic, and high-speed data transmission applications.

Microprecision Contract Manufacturing of Medical Devices and Implants

September 24, 2010 10:02 am | Norman Noble, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Norman Noble, Inc. is a single source for microprecision contract manufacturing of medical devices and implants. Its experienced engineers and technicians develop manufacturing processes for the most challenging of projects.

Portable Digital Microscope for Recording High-Resolution Images

September 24, 2010 9:52 am | Nikon Metrology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Nikon Metrology Inc. announces the release of its ShuttlePix P-400R Digital Microscope, made for inspection, observation, simple measurement, and recording of high-resolution images.

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