Bio! News – November, 2011 – A

Bio! News
November, 2011 – A

The iGEM World Championship took place on November 5-7 in Cambridge, MA. The selected teams from the three Regional Jamborees presented their work. The University of Washington (also, the winner from the Americas Jamboree) was awarded with the Grand Prize. The first and second runner ups were the Imperial College and the ZJU-China teams, respectively.

Dutch social-psycologist Diederik Stapel has been found to falsificate data on many of his publications in famous peer-reviewed journals, directly affecting co-authors and PhD students, who were not aware of his activities. 

Eye colour change
Dr. Gregg Homer (from Stroma Medical) proposes a laser procedure claimed to change eye colour permanently. He’s planning to perform trials in Mexico.

On the US Budget cuts and the future of american research

While some state that that budget cuts will damage significatevely the scientific sector in the US, others say that “cuts are necessary to show that we are serious about returning our nation to a sustainable financial path”. 

miRNA pull-down

A new method based on biotin-streptavidin pull-down has been developed for detecting miRNA targets; new mRNA targets for miR-34a are reported.


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