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What Causes Stem Cell Differentiation?

January 10, 2014 12:21 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a technique which can pinpoint the factors which drive cell differentiation, including many that were previously unidentified. The method uses stem cells with a single set of chromosomes to uncover how cell differentiation works.

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Blood Cells Take on Many-Sided Shape During Clotting

January 10, 2014 11:46 am | News | Comments

Researchers have found a new role in stemming bleeding and preventing obstruction of blood flow, explaining the need for speed in busting harmful clots.                             

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New Approach to Studying How Variants Affect Gene Expression

January 10, 2014 11:40 am | News | Comments

Researchers have now developed a novel approach to study the ways in which genetic differences affect how strongly certain genes are "expressed"— that is, how they are translated into the proteins that do the actual work in cells.      

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Technique Can Further Understanding of RNA

January 10, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

Researchers have revealed a new, powerful technique to visualize the shape and motion of RNA at the atomic level using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR).                         

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Researchers Develop Artificial Bone Marrow

January 10, 2014 11:25 am | News | Comments

Artificial bone marrow may be used to reproduce hematopoietic stem cells. A prototype has now been developed by scientists. The porous structure possesses essential properties of natural bone marrow and can be used for the reproduction of stem cells at the laboratory.

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Amgen says CFO Peacock is stepping down

January 9, 2014 5:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Biotech drugmaker Amgen said Thursday that Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Peacock is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Amgen Inc. said Peacock will step down Friday, and named Michael Kelly as its acting CFO. Peacock has been Amgen's CFO since...

CareFusion to pay $40.1M in false claims case

January 9, 2014 4:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CareFusion Corp. has agreed to pay $40.1 million to settle allegations it paid kickbacks and promoted its medical technology products for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The Justice Department announced the settlement Thursday with the California-based company of a...

Calif. doctor pleads guilty in RX trafficking case

January 9, 2014 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A California doctor known as the "Candy Man" and linked to a dozen drug deaths pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally prescribing powerful painkillers to his patients. Julio Gabriel Diaz, 64, pleaded guilty to 11 felony counts in an Orange County courtroom and is scheduled to return to court June 2...

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Labeling for GMO food becomes law in Maine

January 9, 2014 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill that requires labeling for genetically modified food is going to become law in Maine. The bill, approved by the Legislature in the last session signed by Maine Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday, will only go into effect if other Northeastern states approve similar measures. The Maine Organic...

Doctors say cutting food stamps could backfire

January 9, 2014 2:30 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could be socked with bigger health bills. Maybe not immediately, they say, but over time if the poor wind up in doctors' offices or hospitals as a result. Among the health risks of hunger are spiked rates of diabetes...

Small soda maker looks to provide diet alternative

January 9, 2014 1:36 pm | by CANDICE CHOI - AP Food Industry Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Can natural sweeteners that taste good rescue diet sodas from their decline? Americans have been cutting back on soda for years in part because of fears over weight gain. But the pullback on diet soda is a relatively newer phenomenon. Big soda makers Coke and Pepsi blame the slowdown on people's...

Evaporator for Drug Discovery

January 9, 2014 1:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The HT-4X centrifugal evaporator from Genevac provides optimized sample preparation capabilities for scientists working in the drug discovery environment. Corrosive vapors such as trifluoroacetic acid may be removed by the standard system and an inert purge option allows high safety evaporation of flammable solvents.

Easing Face, Hand Transplants

January 9, 2014 1:30 pm | by Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

Researchers have taken an important step toward improving the success of hand, face and other transplants that involve multiple types of tissue. The team described how a procedure to induce immune tolerance to organ transplants also induces tolerance to a model limb transplant in miniature swine. 

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CDC: Lung cancer rates drop, especially among men

January 9, 2014 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials are reporting a drop in the rate of new lung cancer cases. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says lung cancer incidence rates declined nearly 3 percent per year among men and about 1 percent per year among women from 2005 to 2009. The biggest decline was in...

Mapping Reveals 110 MS Risk Genes

January 9, 2014 12:45 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have mapped genetic variations associated with an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) and myasthenia gravis (MG), bringing science one step closer to understanding these serious autoimmune disorders.         

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