Computer model details future flu pandemic

An influenza pandemic in the United States would crop up first in population centers like Houston and be largely over within four months, according to the researchers who created a complex computer simulation of a flu pandemic in the U.S. and Great Britain. | Computer model details future flu pandemic

China clones mad cow-resistant calf

Two scientists from Shandong who cloned China's first two healthy cows in 2001 led the project to produce the mad cow-resistant calf, according to Xinhua

China clones mad cow-resistant calf - Yahoo! News

Flu Pandemic: Not just health but the economy, stupid

Noting that "pandemics are like earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis" - only worse because of their global nature - Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota painted an unsettling picture of pandemic bringing world trade and travel to a screeching halt. Economist Sherry Cooper elaborated with an analysis of supply and demand: since inventories are deliberately kept at razor-thin levels, there would be food shortages and panic buying of nonperishables, water and medical supplies; a black market would ensue. With companies operating at minimum staffing levels, most would find it difficult to continue operating if up to 30 percent of their employees were out with influenza - that includes oil refineries and electric companies, thus leading to gas shortages and extended blackouts. Cooper estimated a mild influenza pandemic could result in a global economic delcine of two percent on an annual basis; but a severe pandemic could result in a six percent decline, which would push the U.S. into a deep recession, deeper than the recession of 1982.

Milken Institute Global Conference 2006: Flu Pandemic: Not just health but the economy, stupid

Studies Find Elusive Key to Cell Fate in Embryo

They have discovered a striking new feature of the chromatin, the specialized protein molecules that protect and control the giant molecules of DNA that lie at the center of every chromosome. The feature explains how embryonic cells are kept in a poised state so that all of the genome's many developmental programs are blocked, yet each is ready to be executed if the cell is assigned to that developmental path. The developmental programs, directing a cell to become a neuron, say, or a liver cell, are initiated by master regulator genes. These genes have the power to reshape a cell's entire form and function because they control many lower genes.

Studies Find Elusive Key to Cell Fate in Embryo - New York Times

pharmaco-metabonomics? A simple say to predict rug effects?

An international group of scientists has demonstrated a new tool for personalized medicine that makes it possible to predict nearly any adverse reaction an individual might have to drugs. Rather than being based on genetic screening, which up to now has been the dominant approach to personalized medicine, the new test relies on profiling an individual's metabolic products. Called pharmaco-metabonomics, the technique involves screening urine for metabolites: small molecules that are involved in or produced by the metabolic processes that sustain an organism.

Technology Review: Emerging Technologies and their Impact

Roche says Tamiflu 'Rapid Response Stockpile' ready for WHO

The aim is to contain an emerging outbreak of a novel and potentially pandemic strain of influenza if the H5N1 bird flu virus currently spreading throughout the world mutates and begins transferring from human to human.

Roche says Tamiflu 'Rapid Response Stockpile' ready for WHO -

Is The IPO door for biotech & medical devices opening up again?

BioBOOM Op/Ed: Visicu, which sells a remote monitoring system for emergency rooms, opened up with shares selling at $16. The stock price shot up to more than $25 on the first day before settling at $24.78. Shares in the company closed at $23 yesterday. Some see the strong IPO as yet another sign of a resurgence of interest. Watch for Perligen Sciences..this one will be a barometer for others to make a move.

States battle for slice of biotech pie

Nearly every state sponsored a booth at this week's worldwide biotech industry meeting at Chicago's McCormick Place convention center, according to James Greenwood, president and chief executive. States are spending billions of dollars to support bioscience research and development. State governments are also using investment funds and tax incentives to attract large industry anchors, instead of solely focusing on launching and growing new bioscience ventures.

States battle for slice of biotech pie

Scientists learn more about how viruses reproduce, spread

Reporting in the April issue of the Journal of Virology, the researchers have identified a protein that plays an important role in the ability of the vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) to invade healthy cells and reproduce itself. The finding could play a role in vaccine development and also help scientists develop anti-viral agents to stop similar viruses in their tracks.

Scientists learn more about how viruses reproduce, spread

Finding Clues to Flu's Spread on the Way to Work

There is a tendency for the influenza season to start in California more often than any other state (with an average lead of one week for California)," the researchers wrote. The key, the study said, may lie with adults and, more specifically, their workplace commutes. When the researchers looked at information from the Census Bureau and the federal Department of Transportation, they found that the regional spread of the flu correlated closely with commuting patterns. Recent research has suggested that children, especially 3- and 4-year-olds, are the driving force behind epidemics.

Patterns: Finding Clues to Flu's Spread on the Way to Work - New York Times

Texas biotech company aims to clone 100 horses per year - Yahoo! News

ViaGen teamed up with another biotechnology firm, Encore Genetics, to offer the first commercial horse cloning operation in the United States. Their joint venture, they said, has led them to gene bank more than 75 champion horses of multiple breeds and disciplines.

Texas biotech company aims to clone 100 horses per year - Yahoo! News

BioBOOM Op/Ed: "And their off"... it's Secretariot clone#12 leading the way with Secretariot clone#3 in pursuit...... the rest of pack #5, #6, and #7 are close behind. So whats the point, guess we have been breeding for improvement for many years. Yes this clearly takes it to a whole new level. Now this is maybe just for cutting horses and on the ranch needs. We predict that sport of kings will not do well if this is ever allowed. Problem is that it makes for boring entertainment and not a sport anymore ....ZZzzzzzzzzz.....wake us up as we might now find a kids 3 legged race more competitive and fun to bet on.

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