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March 8, 2013
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  • Sequester threatens global health
    Recent breakthroughs in drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS were made possible with federal funding, and cuts to that funding threaten future such breakthroughs, writes Kaitlin Christenson, coalition director of the Global Health Technologies Coalition. "Without question, cuts of this magnitude will severely hamper scientific progress at [NIH and the State Department] to develop new vaccines, drugs, and other health tools against HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, and neglected tropical infections like Chagas -— diseases that are increasingly affecting American populations," she writes. Upcoming budget negotiations present a prime opportunity to reduce cuts to scientific and public health research and to renew U.S. leadership, she writes. The Scientist online (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why we shouldn't mess with Medicare Part D
    Medicare Part D is working and the U.S. should avoid the temptation to fiddle with it, writes Missouri Biotechnology Association Executive Director Kelly Gillespie. Price controls and other ill-thought-out proposals would only harm a program 85% of senior enrollees are happy with. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • GSK seeks EU approval for diabetes drug albiglutide
    GlaxoSmithKline submitted an application to the European Medicines Agency for approval to market its diabetes drug albiglutide. The once-weekly drug belongs to the same class as Novo Nordisk's Victoza and Amylin Pharmaceuticals' Byetta and Bydureon. Yahoo/Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industrial & Environmental 
  • Scientists study biofuel potential of duckweed
    A scientist at Princeton University and his colleagues are looking into the biofuel potential of duckweed, according to a report in the journal Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. The fast-growing aquatic plant can grow in wastewater, isn't used for human consumption and can be collected more easily than algae, the researchers said. A small-scale duckweed facility could yield a cost-competitive fuel if the price of crude oil is $100 per barrel, while a bigger biorefinery could achieve competitiveness at $72-per-barrel crude oil, the researchers stated. DomesticFuel.com (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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