Definitions Impede Stem-Cell Work
The medical promise of embryonic stem-cell research has been plagued by ethical controversy. Now, an apparent way to get stem cells without destroying human embryos is hung up by federal policy.
Bioterror Brain Drain
“Infectious-disease specialists are following the big bucks to Washington’s new multibillion-dollar program on bioterrorism research�but at what human cost? “
A dose of reality
“The FDA yesterday opened two days of hearings on the subject of consumer advertising, for the first time publicly presenting survey data that shows prescription advertising is generating widespread skepticism among doctors.”
Naturally blonde, brunette…
“Designer ‘therapies’ could one day be helping to restore our hair to its former colour and texture”
Venter Announces $500K Prize for Significant Advances Toward $1,000 Genome
“Just before lunch today at the GSAC conference, Craig Venter stood before the crowd and announced a mouth-watering proposition: a $500,000 Genomic Technology Prize to be awarded by the J. Craig Venter Science Foundation to a person or organization that develops technology ‘to significantly advance’ automated DNA sequencing toward making the $1,000 genome a reality.”
The Odd Couple – CombinatoRx brings matchmaking to drug discovery and development
While almost everyone in the drug industry is looking for ways to speed new drugs to market, CombinatoRx has taken a particularly pragmatic approach: Rather than looking for new drugs, it is searching for novel combinations of existing drugs with synergistic effects.
GlaxoSmithKline Reveals Ingenuity
In a further validation of Big Pharma�s acceptance of systems biology, GlaxoSmithKline has licensed part of the Ingenuity Pathways Knowledge Base to facilitate genome-wide computational analysis of biological systems underlying disease.
The Best in Drugs and Biotech: “S&P’s Herman Saftlas and Frank DiLorenzo share some favorites in these resurgent sectors, including Barr Pharmaceuticals and MedImmune “
What VCs Don’t Tell You: “To secure funding, an entrepreneur needs to appreciate the goals and strategies at work on the other side the table. Here’s a guide “
Building a Better R&D Mousetrap: “By posting their scientific conundrums online, companies like Eli Lilly and Procter & Gamble have discovered a rich new source of brainpower.”