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1 November 2012

UK science gains £1bn in funding - Pharma Times

"The UK Government has given a £1 billion cash boost for seven new projects in science and research.

The new projects double the number of winning bids from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund to 14. The RPIF which was launched in May this year allocates all funding across two rounds with the support of government and industry..."


17 October 2012

Quotient completes Bioanalytical Facility - Labmate online

"Quotient Bioresearch, a provider of early stage and specialist drug development services, has finished the £1.5m expansion to its Fordham, Cambridgeshire site.
The building work, which took place over the summer includes a new bioanalytical facility with a capacity for 30 mass spectrometers and new laboratories for immunoassay and cell-based work with biopharmaceuticals and biomarkers..."


9 October 2012

Major funding boost for UK science research - Pharma Times

"The UK government is adding an extra £200 million to the Research Partnership Investment Fund in order to boost science research.

With the government contribution rising to £300 million from the initial £100 million which it provided when the Fund was launched at this time of this year's Budget, the total investment is expected to be at least £1 billion, say ministers..."


2 October 2012

Quotient Bioresearch Investment in Bioanalytical Facility - Quotient Bioresearch

"Quotient Bioresearch (“Quotient”), the leading provider of early stage and specialist drug development services, has today announced the completion of a £1.5m expansion to its Fordham, Cambridgeshire site.

The building work took place over the summer and included a new bioanalytical facility with a capacity for 30 mass spectrometers and new laboratories for immunoassay and cell-based work with biopharmaceuticals and biomarkers. The expansion is in response to an increase in demand for Quotient’s services in this area..."


25 September

Liberal Democrats pledge support for UK science - RSC

"In Brighton yesterday morning, the Liberal Democrat party voted to support a 15 year strategy to support science and research in the UK. The policy paper passed without opposition and was proposed by Julian Huppert MP, who left a research career to become a politician in 2010..."


20 September 2012

Drug majors combine to tackle clinical trial inefficiency - Pharma Times

"Ten of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies have formed a non-profit organisation, called TransCelerate BioPharma, to accelerate the development of new medicines.."


19 September 2012

Teaching science in schools: the appliance of science - The Telegraph

"With university places ever more competitive, and jobs at the end of a course far from guaranteed, parents are increasingly seeking the best ways to help their children on the ladder to a secure career.

Certain core skills, including those in which the UK has traditionally excelled, such as science and technology, are currently in short supply and the problem is likely to escalate.."


13 September 2012

Breakthrough in Alzheimers Research - Scientist Live

"A drug used by diabetes sufferers could have the potential to treat neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers, a study by scientists at the University of Ulster has revealed..."


13 September 2012

Scientists in quest to unravel health secrets of the DNA twist - Scientist Live

"People suffering from genetic conditions such as cancer and premature aging could benefit from new research that seeks to explain how changes in the structure of DNA inside cells can cause disease..."


11 September 2012 

Industrial Strategy - Cable outlines vision for future of British industry - BIS

"Today is an opportunity to set out an industrial strategy following the comments in Parliament yesterday. Industrial strategy is a cross-government product, which I have worked on specifically with my colleague David Willetts and Lord Heseltine in developing..."


11 September 2012

CRT, ICR and Astex come together again in blood cancer pact - Pharma Times

"Cancer Research Technology (CRT) and the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) have forged a new alliance with US group Astex Pharmaceuticals with the aim of discovering and developing drug candidates for blood cancer..."


24 August 2012


"In the chemical and pharmaceutical industry – Britain’s number one manufacturing exporter – sales, investment and jobs are on the rise..."


23 August 2012

RSC calls for GCSE reform to enable teachers to inspire science students - RSC

"The Royal Society of Chemistry welcomes today's GCSE results, which show an increase in the number of students taking chemistry, but made a call for reform of the GCSE curriculum to enable teachers to inspire and engage science students in the future..."


16 August 2012

'Maser' source of microwave beams comes out of the cold - BBC

"Researchers have shown off a microwave-emitting version of the laser, called a maser, that works at room temperature..."


15 August 2012

Commercial ebola vaccine 'unlikely' say researchers - BBC

"Scientists researching the lethal ebola virus have told the BBC that a commercial vaccine to prevent the onset of infection may never be developed..."


8 August 2012

Healthy Incoming Order Situation for Analytik Jena in the Summer Months - analytik-jena

"Jena, August 8, 2012 – Analytik Jena AG has received a healthy number of incoming orders in its core business of Analytical Instrumentation and in the growth segment of Life Science, exceeding last-year’s figures. Two major orders for delivery of analytical instrumentation to China and of products for automated nucleic acid purification for a laboratory well-positioned on the market in Germany have contributed to this. Both orders will also result in follow-up business for the upcoming financial year..."


8 August 2012

Ashoke Sen: India's million-dollar scientist - BBC

"Indian scientist Ashoke Sen became a millionaire overnight when he won the $3m (£1.9m) Fundamental Physics Prize, the world's most lucrative academic award, recently. Science writer Pallava Bagla speaks to the physicist.."


8 August 2012

New human species identified from Kenya fossils - BBC

"Researchers studying fossils from northern Kenya have identified a new species of human that lived two million years ago. The discoveries suggests that at least three distinct species of humans co-existed in Africa..."


3 August 2012

Pfizer secure Sandwich buyer - Chemistry World

Pfizer has found a buyer for its R&D site in Sandwich, UK: the site – now called Discovery Park – has been bought by a private consortium, according to...


27 July 2012

Coating heals itself after damage - BBC

"Scientists have taken a new approach to creating coatings that heal themselves when they are damaged. The research could potentially have applications in scratch-resistant phones and "self-cleaning" cars. "Functional" coatings that, for example, repel water and dirt have previously been dogged by relatively short lifetimes...."

25 July 2012

Results announcement for the second quarter 2012 - GlaxoSmithKline

"GSK delivers Q2 core EPS of 26.4p and dividend of 17p. Core EPS of 26.4p and dividend of 17p. Pharma and Vaccines sales in EMAP +9%, Japan +6%..." 


23 July 2012

Artificial jellyfish created from heart cells - BBC

"Scientists in the US have created a free swimming artificial jellyfish. The team members built the replica using silicone as a base on which to grow heart muscle cells that were harvested from rats. They used an electric current to shock the Medusoid into swimming with synchronised contractions that mimic those of real jellyfish..."


18 July 2012


"Ataxia UK, Crohn’s & Colitis UK and Muscular Dystrophy Campaign share £50,000 to help better the lives of patients throughout the United Kingdom. Sanofi is delighted to announce the three winners of its 2012 Patient Group Bursary scheme: Ataxia UK (Gold – £25,000), Crohn’s and Colitis UK..." 


18 July 2012


"Ataxia UK, Crohn’s & Colitis UK and Muscular Dystrophy Campaign share £50,000 to help better the lives of patients throughout the United Kingdom. Sanofi is delighted to announce the three winners of its 2012 Patient Group Bursary scheme: Ataxia UK (Gold – £25,000), Crohn’s and Colitis UK..." 


16 July 2012

GSK to acquire Human Genome Sciences for US$14.25 per share in cash - GSK

"GSK to acquire full ownership of BENLYSTA®, albiglutide and darapladib. Acquisition will be accretive to GSK core earnings in 2013. Tender offer amended to US$14.25 per share and extended until 27 July 2012. GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE: GSK) and Human Genome Sciences..." 

GlaxoSmithKline celebrates its role in supporting the biggest anti-doping operation in the history of the Olympic Games - GSK

"GSK launches new advertising campaign to highlight the role that science will play in keeping the London 2012 Games clean. GSK today marks its role as Official Laboratory Services Provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by launching its first UK advertising campaign..."

UK science to be freely available - BBC News

"The government is to develop plans to make publicly funded research results freely available to all. Currently, scientists and members of the public have to pay the leading scientific journals to see research that has already..."


15 July 2012

Light trick to see around corner - BBC News

"Scientists have found a novel way to get images through "scattering" materials such as frosted glass or skin, and even to "see around corners". Much research in recent years has focused on correcting for scattering..." 


12 July 2012

Sanofi Group in the United Kingdom - Sanofi 

"The ambition of Sanofi is to become a diversified global healthcare leader, focused on patients' needs. Sanofi UK, a subsidiary of the global pharmaceutical company Sanofi, is a dynamic, rapidly evolving organisation that is working to meet the needs of healthcare professionals and their patients..." 


9 July 2012

Jan Van Ruymbeke to become new CEO of Daiichi Sankyo Europe - Daiichi Sankyo

"The Belgian executive will replace Reinhard Bauer in October. Jan Van Ruymbeke, 53, will become the new Chief Executive Officer of  Daiichi Sankyo Europe. The native of Belgium will replace Reinhard Bauer, who is retiring after 10 years in this position. Van Ruymbeke will assume responsibility for the pharmaceutical company..." 


5 July 2012

UK 'biorenewables' centre opens - BBC News

"A facility designed to make the UK a world leader in green chemistry has opened at the University of York. The Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) aims to bridge the current gap between laboratories and the chemicals industry, say researchers..." 


29 June 2012

New chief scientist to bring forthright approach - BBC News

"Prof Sir Mark Walport has been appointed to be the UK government's chief scientific advisor. He is seen as a "big-hitter" who knows his way around the Whitehall machine. He is earthy, forthright and a great communicator..." 


28 June 2012

Putting a little structure in your drug design - Laboratory News

"Five pharmaceutical giants including Novartis AG and Sanofi SA remain in the running for Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc, as the auction of the diabetes drugmaker with a market value of $4.5 billion enters the last leg, according to people familiar with the matter. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, AstraZeneca Plc and Merck & Co Inc..." 


26 June 2012

Novartis, four others weigh Amylin final bids - Reuters

"Five pharmaceutical giants including Novartis AG and Sanofi SA remain in the running for Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc, as the auction of the diabetes drugmaker with a market value of $4.5 billion enters the last leg, according to people familiar with the matter. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, AstraZeneca Plc and Merck & Co Inc..."


25 June 2012

'Twisted light' carries 2.5 terabits of data per second - BBC News

"Researchers have clocked light beams made of "twisted" waves carrying 2.5 terabits of data - the capacity of more than 66 DVDs - per second.The technique relies on manipulating what is known as the orbital angular momentum of the waves..."


19 June 2012

We can only solve the challenges of the 21st century through closer international collaboration, says RSC Chief Executive - Royal Society of Chemistry

"Closer collaboration is the ultimate way for scientists to combat the challenges of the 21st century, Dr Robert Parker will say today at the official opening of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Brazil office. The RSC Chief Executive will tell an audience..."

Report calls on government to back open access science - BBC News

"A group of experts has urged funders of UK research to encourage scientists to publish their results in journals that offer free public access to findings. A report by Dame Janet Finch argues that there is a powerful "moral" case..."


18 June 2012

Boehringer Ingelheim BioXcellence: Distinctive brand for the biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing business - Boehringer Ingelheim website

"Ingelheim/Germany, 18 June 2012 - With Boehringer Ingelheim BioXcellence the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim set up an own brand for its biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing business. Customer value has always been in the focus of the biopharmaceutical..."

Shenzhou-9 docks with Tiangong - BBC News

"China's Shenzhou-9 capsule, with its crew of three, has docked with the Tiangong-1 space lab. The coupling of the vehicles occurred at 14:07 Beijing time (06:07 GMT; 07:07 BST). The latest Shenzhou mission was launched on Saturday..."


14 June 2012

Ten-year-old girl gets vein grown from her stem cells - BBC News

"A 10-year-old girl has had a major blood vessel in her body replaced with one grown with her own stem cells, Swedish doctors report. She had poor blood flow between her intestines and liver..."


13 June 2012

Human Microbiome Project reveals larger microbial map - BBC News

""When I get up from my chair, ten times more bacterial cells get up than human ones," says Dr Bruce Birren. He is one of the hundreds of US scientists involved in the world's most extensive map of the microbes that live in and on us..."


11 June 2012

Stiefel signs worldwide acquisition and license agreement for Toctino - GSK

"Stiefel, a GSK company, today announced that it has entered into a worldwide agreement to acquire Toctino (alitretinoin) from Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. (Basilea). Toctino is a once-daily oral retinoid..."


6 June 2012

Green decline "may bring irreversible change" - BBC News

"With forests and fish stocks declining, water demand rising and lack of action on climate change, humanity's path is anything but sustainable, the UN warns. The Global Environmental Outlook says significant progress is seen on only four out of 90 environmental goals..."


31 May 2012

GSK and EPSRC announce creation of new Chair in Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham - GlaxoSmithKline website

"GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) today announced that they will jointly contribute to the funding for a Chair in Sustainable Chemistry to be based..."


30 May 2012

Glasgow to host Fraunhofer laser research hub - BBC News

"Europe's largest contract research organisation is to create a hub for laser research and technology in Glasgow. The move by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a strategic collaboration with the University of Strathclyde..."


28 May 2012

£73m powerhouse of biomedical research opens at Imperial College London - Imperial College London

"A major new research facility at Imperial College London designed to expand and accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries into new ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases was officially opened by George Osborne MP..."

"Olympic rings" molecule olympicene in striking image - BBC News

"Researchers have succeeded in taking a stunning image of a newly synthesised molecule called olympicene.The molecule - just over a billionth..."


24 May 2012

£6.5m investment to stimulate growth in synthetic biology - Technology Strategy Board

"The Government is to boost innovation and stimulate growth in a key emerging technology by investing up to £6.5 million to encourage businesses to explore new industrial applications for synthetic biology...."

Intel to use London as a smart city lab - BBC News

"Chip maker Intel has set up a laboratory in London to test the technologies that could power the cities of the future. The Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities was unveiled at 10 Downing Street. Intel is partnering..."


23 May 2012

Drug watchdogs mark out global territory - Chemical World

"Commenting on today’s Energy Bill, Steve Elliott, Chief Executive of the Chemical Industries Association said: “Manufacturing in the UK needs help and support to deliver the green future we all want to see. That help do..."

Skin cells turned into healthy heart muscle cells - BBC News

"Scientist say they have managed to turn patients' own skin cells into healthy heart muscle in the lab. Ultimately they hope this stem cell therapy could be used to..."


22 May 2012

Lower carbon and climate change levels should not always have to mean higher costs for industrial consumers - Chemical Industries Associations

"Commenting on today’s Energy Bill, Steve Elliott, Chief Executive of the Chemical Industries Association said: “Manufacturing in the UK needs help and support to deliver the green future we all want to see. That help do..."

Rewritable DNA memory shown off - BBC News

"Researchers in the US have demonstrated a means to use short sections of DNA as rewritable data "bits" in living cells. The technique uses two proteins adapted from viruses to "flip" the DNA bits..."


17 May 2012

Nanopore readers for DNA sequencing - Laboratory News

"A nanoscale sensor able to electronically read the sequence of a single DNA molecule could lead to affordable personalised medicine, potentially revealing predispositions for afflictions such as cancer, diabetes or addiction..."

17 May 2012

Nanopore readers for DNA sequencing - Laboratory News

"A nanoscale sensor able to electronically read the sequence of a single DNA molecule could lead to affordable personalised medicine, potentially revealing predispositions for afflictions such as cancer, diabetes or addiction..."

15 May 2012

Viruses used to power tiny device - BBC News

"Scientists in the US have developed a way to generate electricity using viruses..."

GlaxoSmithKline to fully acquire Cellzome for £61 million - GlaxoSmithKline

"GSK to further expand its platform technology expertise with acqusition of chemical proteomics company..."

14 May 2012

Campaigners win fight to reform English libel laws - Royal Society of Chemistry

"A major reform of the defamation of law for England and Wales - aimed in part at protecting scientists and journalists who voice legitimate concerns about the validity of scientific evidence from the threat of libel action..."

10 May 2012

Robots of the future designed at new Bristol laboratory - BBC News

"Electrical engineers, pyschologists, surgeons and more work together creating robots of the future at the University of the West of England..."

9 May 2012

Britain's top manufacturing exporter tells government to regulate for growth - Chemical Industries Association

"Chemical and pharmaceutical businesses have urged government to ensure its newly announced legislative programme focuses on supporting growth to deliver social and environmental benefits..."
GSK to commence tender offer to acquire Human Genome Sciences for US $13.00 per share in cash - GlaxoSmithKline

"GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE: GSK) today announced that it will not participate in Human Genome Sciences strategic alternatives review process and will instead commence a tender off this week to acquire all of the outstanding shares..."

7 May 2012

Magnetic bacteria may help build future bio-computers - BBC News

"Making-making bacteria may be building biological computers of the future, researchers have said..."

6 May 2012

Sniffing out explosives - Royal Society of Chemistry

"Can science compete with the sensitivity of a sniffer dog's nose? Timothy Swager often finds his mind drifting back to the 7 July 2005 bombings. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)..."

26 April 2012

AstraZeneca seeks to refill dry pipeline with gout drug - Chemistry World

"AstraZeneca is to acquire San Diego, US-based Ardea Biosciences in a deal worth $1.26 billion (£777 million). The biotech company specialises..."
Stain-shedding coating gets tough - BBC News

"Chemists have devised a better method of coating fabrics with a water-repellent, 'self-cleaning' coating. Many such "super-hydrophobic" coatings..."

18 April 2012

3D printers could create customised drugs on demand - BBC News

"Scientists are pioneering the use of 3D printers to create drugs and other chemicals at the University of Glasgow..."

13 April 2012

Majorana particle glimpsed in lab - BBC News

"Scientists think they may finally have seen evidence for a famously elusive quarry in particle physics..."

10 April 2012

Corning to acquire Majority of BD Discovery Labware - Corning

"Corning Incorporated announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement with BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) to acquire the majority of its Discovery Labware unit..."

2 April 2012

Meeting India's mandate for serialisation - Manufacturing Chemist

"The Indian serialisation movement has led to the first large-scale, cost-effective serialisation of packages..."

30 March 2012

UK Biobank opens to researchers - Manufacturing Chemist

"The UK Biobank, one of the most detailed large-scale health resources, is now available to researchers worldwide..."

28 March 2012

Early days in a DIY biological revolution - BBC News

"In a back-street in Manchester's old garment district, now buzzing with students and bars, 20 or so people have gathered to do something unimaginable even a few years ago..."

27 March 2012

'Thermal cloack' hides objects from heat - BBC News

"The range of physical phenomena that scientists are trying to "cloak" objects from has a new entry - heat..."

EU project develops mini-sphere drug delivery system - Manufacturing Chemist

"The European Commission has welcomed the development of a novel drug delivery method based on mini-spheres in capsules by a €362,000 EU-funded research project..."

Safe selection of biocides - Cleanroom Technology

"Consideration of the antimicrobial efficacy of different biocides is an important basis on which to choose an effective disinfectant regime regime appropriate to the hygiene requirements in a production plant..."

21 March 2012

Will we ever grow replacement hands? - BBC News

"It might seem unbelievable, but researchers can grow organs in the laboratory. There are patients walking around with body parts which have been designed and built by doctors out of a patient's own cells..."

20 March 2012

Cardiff University food safety device to detect E. coli - BBC News

"A chemical which lights up fireflies is being used to develop a device for detecting salmonella, E. coli and listeria in contaminated food..."

9 March 2012

Genetic manipulation boosts growth of brain cells linked to learning - Technology Networks

"Genetic manipulation enhances effects of antidepressants, UT Southwestern researchers report..."

8 March 2012

Antihydrogen undergoes its first-ever measurement - BBC News

"The antimatter version of the hydrogen atom - antohydrogen - could soon finally give up its secrets..."

7 March 2012

Killer crystals turn pyroelectricitiy on bacteria - Royal Society of Chemistry

"Crystals of lithium niobate and lithium tantalate powdered and formulated as nanoparticles can act as a disinfectant, killing bacteria at only moderate temperatures, according to researchers in Germany..."

Gorilla genome could hold key to the human condition - BBC News

"Researchers in Cambridge can now compare human DNA with that of all the other apes..."

6 March 2012

Special treatment for scientists under immigration rules - Royal Society of Chemistry

"Scientists are to be given special treatment under new immigration rules, as part of the government's drive to attract the brightest minds to work in the UK..."

5 March 2012

Researchers climb to the highest laboratory in the world - Labmate Online

"A new laboratory is being set up on Mount Everest to examine the effects of low oxygen levels on the body, making it the highest lab in the world..."

1 March 2012

A deadly solution - Laboratory News

"As Big Pharma struggles to find the next blockbuster drug, could nature have some clues? One company thinks so - and they think the key lay in some of the world's most deadly animals..."

27 February 2012

Drug discovery - it's a gas! - Laboratory News

"Drug discover is only as good as the analytical instruments used in the industry - and a surprising number of those are dependent on high purity gas..."

23 February 2012

Faster-than-light neutrinos could be down to bad wiring - BBC News

"What might have been the biggest physics story of the past century may instead be down to a faulty connection..."

Could vegetarians eat a 'test tube' burger? - BBC News

"The world could get its first lab-grown burger this year, with scientists using stem cells to create strips of beef. But could vegetarians eat it?..."


17 February 2012

DNA nanorobots seek and destroy disease - Royal Society of Chemistry

"Researchers in the US have created a DNA-based nanorobot that can work its way through cell cultures, delivering cargo only at specific targets. The development could pave the way for programmable therapeutics, in which nanorobots would provide medical treatment only to certain types of cell or tissue..."

15 February 2012

Students get taste of science and engineering - Laboratory News

"Students are getting a taste of science and engineering thanks to the Royal Society who have awarded grants totalling over £45,000 to help scientists and teachers establish innovative classroom projects..."

14 February 2012

FDA proposes biosimilars approval pathway - Royal Society of Chemistry

"The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its long awaited guidance to assist in the development and approval of so-called 'bio-similars' - biological drugs that are very similar to licensed ones. The draft guidelines, released on 9 February, were cautiously welcomed by industry..."

3 February 2012

Creating the perfect laboratory - Laboratory News

"Oxford University's new research laboratories have been designed by Make Architects and Nightingale Associates - Laboratory News learns what goes into making the perfect lab..."

2 February 2012

Graphitic naowiggles - Laboratory News

"Caterpillar-like graphitics nanowiggles have exceptional conductivity and magnetic properties which can be tuned for purposes say American researchers..."

UK chemistry student numbers hold steady - Royal Society of Chemistry

"University chemistry departments across the UK are breathing a sigh of relief as the number of people applying to study chemistry has held steady despite a large increase in tuition fees..."

Magnetic soap created - Laboratory News

"A soap that can be controlled by magnets has been created by scientists at the University of Bristol, who hope it can be used to clean up after oil spills..."

26 January 2012

Cambridge team first to grow smooth muscle cells from patient skin cells - Technology Networks

"This work could lead to new treatments and better screening for cardiovascular disease..."

Dundee researchers seek to beat "Molecular Obesity" - Technology Networks

"Researchers from the University of Dundee have come up with a new innovative approach in the quest to reduce failure rates in the drug discovery process..."

Measuring what makes a medicine - ScienceNews

"A new method for rating the attractiveness of a compound could help a chemist discern potential new drugs from duds..."

23 January 2012

Scientists reveal first 3D image of a cancer-prevention molecule - Drug Discovery Today

"Cancer Research UK scientists have created the first 3D structure of a key protein that protects against the development of cancer..."

19 January 2012

Understanding regulation - Laboratory News

"An unexpected discover has opened up new opportunities for targeting cancer..."

Olympic anti-doping lab unveiled as most high-tech ever - BBC News

"A laboratory hailed as the most high-tech in the history of the Olympics has been unveiled..."

17 January 2012

Speculate to accumulate - Laboratory News

"Rapid microbial methods can save a laboratory time and money - but incorporating them can be a battle with management..."

10 January 2012

How to explore the human genome - Laboratory News

"It's been over 10 years since the first draft of the human genome was published and since then the race has been on to identify disease-causing genetic variations..."

9 January 2012

Gold nanorods to cook cancer from within - Laboratory News

"Chemists in America have loaded more than 2 million gold nanorods into a single cancer cell in a breakthrough that could see the particles used as tiny heating elements to cook tumours from the inside..."

5 January 2012

Piecing together quality and compliance - Laboratory News

"Julian Rutherford explains that quality assurance and compliance need not be two separate entities..."

30 December 2011

Scientists aim to improve Photosynthesis to increase food and fuel production - Technology Networks

"UK and USA scientists have been awarded £6.11m/$10.3m funding to improve the photosynthesis process..."

5 December 2011

David Cameron eyes NHS-life sciences partnership - BBC News Politics

"Every NHS patient should be a 'research patient' with their medical details 'opened up' to private healthcare firms..."     

1 December 2011

Creating the super-heavy - Laboratory News

"The search for super-heavy elements is on - two international teams of scientists are currently in a battle to create super-heavy elements in the lab..."

21 November 2011

Bioterror fears could block crucial flu research - NewScientist

"A US biosecurity committee is deciding whether crucial research on HN51 bird flu is too dangerous to publish..."  

Correcting the genome - Laboratory News

"Scientists have successfully and cleanly corrected a gene mutation in a patients' stell cells, removing all traces of exogenous DNA..."    

18 November 2011

SPECIAL REPORT: Nobel Prizes head to America - Laboratory News

"The immune system, quasicrystals and the ever-accelerating universe - this was the science that scooped the Nobel Prizes in medicine or physiology, chemistry and physics this year..."   

14 November 2011

Cooking up the perfect plastic - Laboratory News

"Scientists have solved a long-standing problem that could revolutionise the way plastics are developed..."    

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