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Agrivida, Syngenta aim for low-cost sugar production

December 10, 2010 10:33 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Agrivida Inc., a Medford-based developer of new crop varieties for biofuels production, is working with Syngenta Ventures to create new forms of corn and switchgrass, among other crops, that will provide low-cost sugar for industrial use.

Maximizing the Potential of Multi-Drug Portfolios Without Cannibalizing from a Legacy Brand

December 10, 2010 10:33 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Dec. 10, 2010 /- Managing multiple brands for the same indication is a complex balancing act for bio-pharmaceutical companies. While a new product can translate into expanded market share and improved reputation with physicians, it can also result in a new product...

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Hanger Orthopedic shareholder plans $40M sale

December 10, 2010 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hanger Orthopedic Group Inc. said Friday that investor Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund is selling 2 million shares of Hanger stock for $20 per share.Hanger won't get any of the proceeds from the sale, which is expected to close Wednesday. The company said the shares were issued to Ares in...

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BioVex launches Phase 3 study on head and neck cancer treatment

December 10, 2010 9:32 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Woburn-based biotech company BioVex Inc. today said that it has launched a Phase 3 study of its OncoVEXGM-CSF as a treatment for patients with locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.

Molecular Insight files for Ch. 11

December 10, 2010 9:32 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, in a deal that will secure the company a $45 million cash infusion from a private investment company.

Tomophase lung imaging device gets FDA OK

December 10, 2010 9:32 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted 510(k) marketing clearance for Tomophase Corp.'s non-invasive Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging System (OCTIS).

Circulating Tumor Cells Predicted Recurrence, Death in Patients with Early-stage Breast Cancer

December 10, 2010 9:32 am | by AACR | News | Comments

SAN ANTONIO - The presence of one to four circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the blood of early-stage breast cancer patients almost doubled patient's risk of cancer relapse and death, and five or more CTCs increased recurrence by 400 percent and death by 300 percent, according to Phase III...

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High CTC Levels Predicted Poor Outcome in Metastatic Breast Cancer

December 10, 2010 9:31 am | by AACR | News | Comments

SAN ANTONIO - A high level of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) - cells that have detached from a tumor and are circulating in the body through the blood - are an independent prognostic marker in metastatic breast cancer as first-line therapy. In addition, persistence of high CTC level...

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Thinking About Eating May Mean Eating Less

December 10, 2010 8:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say that repeatedly thinking about eating a certain food -- M&Ms or cheese -- led study participants to eat less of the food once it was presented to them. Researcher Carey Morewedge describes the work and its implications for dieters.

Celebrating The Royal Society

December 10, 2010 8:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

Britain's premier science institution, the Royal Society, turns 350 this year. A new collection of essays called Seeing Further, edited by Bill Bryson, looks at the society's history. Writer Richard Holmes and outgoing society President Martin Rees discuss the institution.

Growing Snowflakes In A Bottle

December 10, 2010 8:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Try making your own winter wonderland. Ken Libbrecht, Caltech physicist and author of The Secret Life of a Snowflake, devised an experiment to grow a snow crystal in an old plastic bottle. Dry ice required.

Teaching Computers To Be More Empathetic

December 10, 2010 8:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

High school juniors Matthew Fernandez and Akash Krishnan took the grand prize in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for designing software that decodes emotions in human speech. They say the software could be used by call centers, to direct angry callers to a human.

Rossellini's 'Seduce Me' Looks At Animal Courtship

December 10, 2010 8:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

Actress and model Isabella Rossellini's video series, Seduce Me, investigates the strange and fascinating mating behaviors of animals. Rossellini plays a diverse cast of characters from the animal kingdom -- from hermaphroditic earthworms to swinging deer to asexual lizards.

Chemistry Keeps Christmas Trees Alive, For Longer

December 10, 2010 8:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

Just as an avocado ripens quickly in a paper bag, bathed in the ethylene gas it releases, Christmas trees may lose their needles because of a similar "ripening" process. Raj Lada, of Nova Scotia's Christmas Tree Research Center, discusses how to block this process to prolong the life of cut firs.

Arrowhead CEO provides perspective on $4.5 million alliance between subsidiary Unidym and Samsung Electronics

December 10, 2010 8:34 am | by I-Micronews | News | Comments

Arrowhead Research Corporation's President and Chief Executive Officer today issued the following open letter to the Company's shareholders:

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