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The Race to the Cloud - Changes Afoot for Life Science Research

September 24, 2015 | by Merrilyn Datta, Ph.D., President and General Manager, Definiens | Comments

Storing health data in the cloud is predicted to be an industry worth $1 billion by 2018.

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Johns Hopkins Women and Men Score Equal Numbers of Key NIH Grants

October 2, 2015 9:27 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Young female and male Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Medical School M.D.’s and Ph.D.’s receive equal numbers of key National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, says a recent Journal of Women’s Health study.


FDA Warns Startup Selling Suspicious Blood-Based Cancer Tests

October 1, 2015 8:26 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The agency wants more insight into the company's data and marketing materials supporting the effectiveness of their product.


Data Driven Research and the Next Generation of Informatics

September 30, 2015 8:41 am | by Tim Hoctor, Vice President Professional Services, Elsevier R&D Solutions | Comments

The wave of new and emerging technologies is significantly impacting the data capabilities and utilization of data in life sciences and drug development research. With the increasing public popularity of wearable devices and mobile health applications, coupled with growth in the use of social media, more data streams are available to researchers looking to extract meaningful information.


Q&A With Progressive Institute Leader Doug Hilton

September 22, 2015 9:29 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Doug Hilton, Ph.D., is head of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia’s oldest research institute. He has launched innovative gender-gap initiatives many scientists say far outpace those in the US. He wrote about it in Nature, and scientists reacted in Bioscience Technology. He responds here.


New Nanoparticles Clean the Environment, Drinking Water

September 18, 2015 8:45 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Nanoparticles are between 1 and 100 nanometers in size.Scientists can harness them for drug delivery, to combat disease, for filtering fresh drinking water, and much more. Now, researchers from MIT and the Federal University of Goias in Brazil have developed a new technique that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to extract man-made pollutants from soil and water.


Three “Remarkable” Studies Say Clogged Pores May Cause ALS; Drug Targets ID’d

September 17, 2015 8:35 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Three studies, analyzing in different ways the leading ALS gene, came to what is being called a “remarkably” similar conclusion: the most common form of ALS may be caused by clogged pores in brain cell nuclear membranes.


At 50, Each Body Mass Index Unit Increase Hastens Alzheimer’s 6.7 Months

September 4, 2015 11:34 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

A new Molecular Psychiatry study has found a robust relationship between obesity at age 50—as measured by body mass index (BMI)—and both earlier age, and severity, of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).


Brain Region for Musical Talent Found, Says New Study

September 1, 2015 9:04 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Musical talent has been located in the human brain, according to research led by a Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) team, and reported in Cerebral Cortex. Also discovered, the teams reported: a part of the brain that changes as people acquire musical skills—entirely apart from talent.


“Super-Predator” Humans Kill More Than Was Known

August 27, 2015 9:27 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Humans are “super-predators” who kill adult land carnivores like bears and lions at nine times the rate that land carnivores do, and kill adult fish at 14 times the rate that marine predators do, says new research in Science.


Unusual Suite of “Women in Science” Initiatives Hailed: Special Report

August 25, 2015 9:28 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Comments

Scientists are hailing an Australian institute’s unusual raft of initiatives aimed at wiping out science gender gaps.


Five Biotech Startups to Check Out This Month

August 25, 2015 8:27 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

These companies are having an interesting month so far.


People Need Less Sleep as They Age, Study Suggests

August 20, 2015 8:36 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Getting older isn’t all bad. New research from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland found the older population needs less sleep than younger counterparts, and feels more awake during the day.


Storing Digital Information in DNA – a Solution for the Future?

August 19, 2015 8:36 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Throughout history, information has been stored through ever-changing channels, and increasingly people store pictures, work and other important information digitally. But how do we ensure that important information can be preserved for the long-haul, for even tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of years?  Presenting at the ACS Conference in Boston this week, Robert N. Grass, Ph.D., ETH Zurich, suggests we look to DNA.


Space: The Next Frontier for Next Generation Life Science Research

August 17, 2015 8:24 am | by Michael Roberts, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space | Comments

Microgravity environments show great promise for enhancing human health and drug discovery.


A Robot That Mimics Human Reflexes

August 14, 2015 8:38 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Comments

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a bipedal robot that can react with human-like reflexes via a unique balance-feedback interface. 



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