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Posted by sprague on May 30, 2004

Wired News: Drug Farms Forced Underground about pharming projects that use huge underground quarries as a place to grow biotech crops.

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Posted by sprague on May 30, 2004

An update on DigiScent, sort of: Slashdot reports on a new effort published Wine Spectator about a way to generate wine smells. Although the technology is different, the article references DigiScent.

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Posted by sprague on May 28, 2004

A new study from Nature suggests that although humans and chimpanzees differ only slightly at the nucleotide sequence level (1.23% to 5%), at the gene level the differences are much more significant: only 17% of genes are identical. The Scientist :: Chimps are not like humans

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Posted by sprague on May 27, 2004

You’d think somebody would set up an Internet-based study that get tons of volunteers to enter information about sleep habits, eating habits, sickness frequency, etc. etc. and then provide summary statistics to look for patterns.

Obviously there are tons of checks you’d need, but couldn’t some value come from a basic effort?

See this proposal for a new study sponsored by NIH:The Scientist :: A 500,000-person study?

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Posted by sprague on May 25, 2004

An article in New Scientist talks about Nanobacteria, and the work of Olavi Kajander and Neva Ciftcioglu of the University of Kuopio in Finland and their company Nanobac. A team of scientists under John Lieske from Mayo Clinic has apparently replicated the results, which hint that there is a previously-unknown class of very small organims that can cause calcification in kidney stones and other disorders.

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Posted by sprague on May 20, 2004

Biotech investing is one great big casiono: WSJ.com – Biotech’s Dismal Bottom Line: More Than $40 Billion in Losses

But is this the entire story? I wonder if the estimate counts drugs or discoveries that end up being sold to Big Pharma and move ahead profitably after that. If a biotech company is purchased by an “ordinary” drug firm, does this index consider that to be the end of the biotech part of that story?

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Posted by sprague on May 17, 2004

A study by Italian researcher Fabrizio Benedetti of the University of Turin Medical School, published in Nature Neuroscience shows that placebos can help: WSJ.com – Parkinson’s Study Shows Effects Of Placebo Can Be Quite Real

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Posted by sprague on May 13, 2004

After reading this: Wired News: The Unfolding Saga of the Web

You might want to check out the IBM WebAhead project, led by Stuart Feldman.

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Posted by sprague on May 7, 2004

BioMedNet Reviews has a nice summary of the latest tools in bioinformatics.

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Posted by sprague on May 7, 2004

Studies of the structural similarities of viruses hints that ancient viruses may have preceded the evolution of cellular life itself.

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