Tuberculosis in South Africa - A Global System in Crisis

The outbreak is not limited to Africa. Dr. Paul Nunn, a tuberculosis expert at the World Health Organization, told the meeting here that one or more cases of XDR-TB had been found in at least 28 countries. Extrapolating from data about the multidrug-resistant form of tuberculosis, Dr. Nunn estimated that two-thirds of the XDR-TB cases were from China, India and Russia

Tuberculosis in South Africa - A Global System in Crisis - Health - News - New York Times

$1.5 Billion Doesn’t Guarantee Good Science

... IT's the matastases, stupid!

The cancer atlas will catalog mutations in primary tumors—those solid masses in lung, breast, prostate and other tissues. But what kills an estimated 90 percent of cancer patients is not the primary tumor (you can live without a prostate). It is metastases. These are malignant cells that spread to a vital organ like the brain. "What matters for survival is not the primary tumor but the rare cells—1 in 50,000—in it that give rise to metastases," says Miklos. Identifying all the mutations in a tumor is overkill, especially since the atlas will not zero in on mutations that underlie metastasis.

$1.5 Billion Doesn’t Guarantee Good Science - Newsweek Technology -

Seas Yield Surprising Catch of Unknown Genes - Venter's Voyage

Perhaps most exciting, said study leader J. Craig Venter, is that the rate of discovery of new genes and proteins -- the building blocks of life -- was as great at the end of the voyage as it was at the start, suggesting that humanity is nowhere close to closing the logbooks on global biodiversity.
"Instead of being at the end of discovery, it means we're in the earliest stages," said Venter, chairman of the J. Craig Venter Institute, a nonprofit gene research center. "That is a pretty stunning view."

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BioBOOM Op/Ed: As our sea going hero of the "omics" era continues his ability to discover....How would you like to be in a business model that will last some time?
We read from this that those companies supplying tools, instruments, infomatics and reagents to support the laboratory based "mining" effort of genes and proteins are in for a continued long term ride it seems. Way to go Craig!

Affymetrix Shares Up On Legal Victory over Illumina

By the closing bell Wednesday, shares of Affymetrix rose $1.57 to $28.19. Shares of Illumina also increased, climbing 2.4%, or 68 cents, to $29.54, but that is down from $31.30 on Monday and $40 early in February.

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Friendster for Proteins

The body contains 25,000 genes, which can form as many as 1 million proteins interacting in hundreds of millions of ways. Perhaps only 5% to 10% of all protein and gene interactions have been documented so far. Network biologists' ultimate aim, still a decade away, is to create computer programs that could simulate the effects of drugs on cells in the same way that Boeing simulates a new jetliner before it flies.

It is only within the past ten years that a new array of high-speed genetic tools has made network maps possible, by allowing researchers to look at thousands of genes or proteins at once and measuring how they interact. Then researchers can go back to cells or animals to test whether the predictions hold true.

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Scientists Discover 'Natural Barrier' to HIV

The finding, reported in the March 4 online issue of Nature Medicine, "is very interesting and unexpected," said Dr. Jeffrey Laurence, director of the Laboratory for AIDS Virus Research at the Weill Cornell Medical College, in New York City. "It may explain part of the relative inefficiency of HIV in being transmitted."

Scientists Discover 'Natural Barrier' to HIV - Yahoo! News

6 Get Grants From U.S. to Support Bio-Refineries

The awards will finance up to 40 percent of the projects, which are expected to total more than $1.2 billion. The projects, which are scattered from Florida to Kansas to California, aim to produce more than 120 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol a year.

6 Get Grants From U.S. to Support Bio-Refineries - New York Times

New ultra-thin technology developed

Science journal Nature today released the findings of a team of researchers from the University of Manchester and the Max-Planck Institute in Germany. The physicists have successfully created a membrane only one atom thick that is capable of existing in a free state.

The researchers believe the membranes could be used like sieves to filter light gases through an atomic mesh or to make miniature electro-mechanical switches. They could also be used as non-obscuring support for electron microscopy to study molecules, allowing for the quick analysis of atomic structures of bio-active molecules in medical research

New ultra-thin technology developed The Australian

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