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Presidential Panel Scrutinizes Synthetic Biology

July 12, 2010 11:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

Scientists are cutting and pasting genes to create engineered organisms that may yield new vaccines and biofuels, but what are the ethical implications of toying with DNA? Geneticist George Church discusses synthetic biology, and why scientists need to be careful with the technology.

A Chemical Nurtures New Brain Cells In Rodents

July 12, 2010 11:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

Scientists screened nearly 1,000 chemicals and found one that nurtures new neurons in rat and mice brains. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center biochemist Steven McKnight describes the work and explains what has to happen before the chemical can be tried in humans.

The Amygdaloids Mix Neuroscience And Rock 'N' Roll

July 12, 2010 11:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

A group of New York University neuroscientists leads an unlikely double life -- as rockers. The songs on their new album, Theory of My Mind, are based on the members' research. The musicians play selections from the album and talk about the science behind the lyrics.

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Swimming Pool Chemistry ... Not Pretty

July 12, 2010 11:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

With a heat wave scorching the Northeast, a dip in the pool may sound like just what the doctor ordered. But before diving in, consider the chemistry. Engineer Ernest Blatchley reveals many things you didn't want to know about swimming pools and the chemical reactions occurring in them.

Spotting Summer Sickness In The Garden

July 12, 2010 11:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

It’s summertime but the living isn’t easy for everything. Plants are under attack by blight, wilt, rust and newcomer downy mildew, which kills basil. Plant pathologist Margaret McGrath runs through symptoms of plant sickness and shares tips for preserving pesto prospects.

Where The Word 'Genome' Came From

July 12, 2010 11:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

In 1920, a botanist named Hans Winkler merged the Greek words "genesis" and "soma" to describe a body of genes. On this episode of Science Diction, historian Howard Markel discusses the word "genome" and how it became the most popular way of describing all of our genetic material.

Computerized monitoring systems enable hospitals to more aggressively combat infections

July 12, 2010 11:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Association for Professionals in Infection Control) Hospitals that adopt advanced computer technology to identify health care-associated infections are more likely to have implemented best practices to prevent such infections, according to research presented today at the 37th...

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Springer launches Drug Delivery and Translational Research

July 12, 2010 11:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Springer) Starting in February 2011, Springer will publish a new international, peer-reviewed journal Drug Delivery and Translational Research. Focusing exclusively on translational aspects of drug delivery, the bi-monthly journal will provide a unique forum for publication of...

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Sewage overflow promotes spread of West Nile virus

July 12, 2010 11:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Emory University) Sewage that overflows into urban creeks and streams during periods of heavy rain can promote the spread of West Nile virus, a study led by Emory University finds. The analysis of six years of data showed that people living near creeks with sewage overflows in...

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Stem cell transplantation of therapy-resistant chronic leukemia successful

July 12, 2010 11:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University Hospital Heidelberg) The transplantation of stem cells from a healthy donor (allogeneic) offers the chance of cure for patients with an aggressive form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), irrespective of genetic prognostic factors and the prior course of the disease....

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Civil society and local partners for XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) announced

July 12, 2010 11:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(International AIDS Society) The International AIDS Society, conveners of the International AIDS Conference, along with permanent partners, the Global Network of People Living with HIV, the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations, the International Community of Women...

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Ximedica grows jobs, footprint, leadership

July 12, 2010 11:39 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Ximedica LLC, a Providence, R.I.-based medical device firm, has all signs pointing to growth – real estate expansion plans, a new medical director position appointed and a report of hiring 30 people since early 2009.

AMR Research Announces Rankings of Its 2010 Supply Chain Top 25

July 12, 2010 11:38 am | by Material Handling Industry of America | News | Comments

AMR Research, a Gartner, Inc. company, has released the findings from its sixth annual Supply Chain Top 25. The goal of the Supply Chain Top 25 research initiative is to raise awareness of the supply chain discipline and how it impacts business. "By

Port-Centric Industrial Property Will See Billions In Investment According to Jones Lang LaSalle Report

July 12, 2010 11:38 am | by Material Handling Industry of America | News | Comments

As global trade begins to rebound, U.S. ports are looking to expand capacity to meet the anticipated demand and are focusing on capital development to meet the infrastructure need, according to the new Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure (PAGI)

Erman becomes CEO in Residence at Allied Minds

July 12, 2010 11:37 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Serial entrepreneur Greg Erman has joined private equity firm Allied Minds Inc. as CEO in Residence for the Boston firm's medical technology portfolio. Erman brings to the firm a track record of leading three startups to exits through acquisition.

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