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    • Genetic history of modern Europeans a tangled tale, research finds
      By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The genetic origins of modern Europeans may be more complicated than previously thought. Ancient people from Siberia who were related to the first humans to enter the Americas during the Ice Age also mingled with…
      - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 6:17pm -
    • Scientists go ga-ga for baby-talk gene
      Paris (AFP) - Scientists said on Tuesday they had identified a gene that appears to play an important part in babies' language development.
      - 4 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:53pm -
    • Mice given human brain gene learned tasks faster : study
      By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Although it's far from the sort of brain transplant beloved by science fiction enthusiasts, scientists have taken one step in that direction: they have spliced a key human brain gene into mice. In the first study…
      - 5 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 7:01pm -
    • Japan carries out first iPS stem cell implant surgery
      Japanese researchers Friday conducted the world's first surgery to implant "iPS" stem cells in a human body in a major boost to regenerative medicine, two institutions involved said. A female patient in her 70s with age-related macular degeneration (…
      - 8 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 3:39pm -
    • Scientists 'reset' stem cells to study start of human development
      By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - British and Japanese scientists have managed to "reset" human stem cells to their earliest state, opening up a new realm of research into the start of human development and potentially life-saving regenerative medic…
      - 9 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 4:05pm -
    • Cost a focus as GSK takes lead in new wave of biotech lung drugs
      Rival firms including Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and AstraZeneca are racing to develop similar injectable drugs for patients with severe asthma, who do not respond adequately to traditional inhalers. GSK, the leader in asthma treatments since lau…
      - 12 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 3:14pm -
    • A hot cup of genome: Scientists percolate coffee's genetic secrets
      By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If you prefer your genetic research to be rich, bold, flavorful, steaming hot and with a bit of a kick, try a mug full of this: Scientists have deciphered the coffee genome and found genetic secrets that may make…
      - 16 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 10:39pm -
    • The buzz on caffeine in coffee: A genetic quirk
      WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have woken up and smelled the coffee — and analyzed its DNA.
      - 16 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 6:15pm -
    • Caffeine in coffee: A genetic quirk
      WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists who analyzed the DNA of coffee found that what people love about it — the caffeine — is a genetic quirk, not related to the caffeine in chocolate or tea.
      - 16 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 6:12pm -
    • Breaks sought for proposed biotech office park
      Backers of a proposed biotech office park in south Kansas City are preparing to seek tax breaks for the 350-acre project. The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1CdhUlR ) reports that the project, Called ...
      - 19 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 6:14pm -

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    • Weekly Roundup 9.19.14
      Argh!  It is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Fear not Matey!  I’m not gonna write my whole posting in pirate-speak, though it be a tempting morsel to ponder. There were lots of approvals this week and finally a wee … Continue reading →
      - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 2:32pm -
    • Talking Points for When People Who Don’t Get Social Media as a News Platform
      Someone asked me the other day something to the effect of this – what is the point of social media when it comes to news – isn’t CNN just as fast? It occurred to me that many of us in … Continue reading →
      - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 3:03pm -
    • Weekly Roundup 9.5.14
      After a surprisingly mild August, September begins with summer in full force – heat, humidity and a mosquito rally that is immensely annoying.  Forecasts however predict that we only have one more day of this and then a break to … Continue readi…
      - 15 days ago, 5 Sep 14, 3:42pm -
    • Tracking 10 Healthcare Beat Reporters on Twitter
      It is not news that social media has fundamentally changed the way we communicate. Today, we share news, we don’t just read it.  A news cycle is every moment of every day. We rely on people to pitch news to … Continue reading →
      - 17 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 12:10pm -
    • FDA Looking for New Head of CDER Communications
      For those who have had the pleasure of working with Julie Zawisza in the past, the news is that she has moved on to a new role at FDA.  That means her former position in communications at the Center for … Continue reading →
      - 18 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 6:10pm -
    • Weekly Roundup 8.22.14
      For the past few years here in Washington, the summer ended in August seemingly with the flip of a switch following Labor Day Weekend.  The daily threat of storms abated, the high humidity retreated, air conditioners were switched off in … Continu…
      - 29 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 1:16pm -
    • DTC and Regulatory Enforcement
      FDA’s OPDP views nearly all industry communication – whatever the venue and intent – through a lens of advertising.  Certainly a big focus of regulatory enforcement has been direct-to-consumer advertising and for a long time, there has been gu…
      - 30 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 9:57am -
    • Cloudy Forecast on Sunshine Act Data Release?
      In June I put on a Webinar about the communications impact and considerations respecting the upcoming release of data from CMS under the terms of the Sunshine Act. That followed a blog posting from April. The point in both of … Continue reading →
      - 32 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 10:00am -
    • Weekly Roundup 8.15.14
      It is hard to believe that I see on Facebook many of my friends who are parents  talking about their kids headed back to school this week.  Back to school?  Back to school? Why when I was a lad, which … Continue reading →
      - 36 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 1:38pm -
    • Weekly Roundup 8.7.14
      August is supposed to be slow.  And lazy.  Laying around doing nothing.  That is what Marky the Cow is doing in this picture.  (For those of you who are new to Eye on FDA, Marky is a dairy cow in … Continue reading →
      - 43 days ago, 8 Aug 14, 2:28pm -