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Sessions on CSC Therapeutics at AACR10

By Dr. Matthew Watson

There were two poster sessions on Cancer Stem Cell Therapeutics at the 101st Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). The sessions, Cancer Stem Cell Therapeutics 1 and Cancer Stem Cell Therapeutics 2, took place on the morning and afternoon of April 20, 2010 [FriendFeed entry].

Two posters presented in the 2nd session have been highlighted in a news release. See: Alchemia’s HyACT Technology Enhances the Killing of Cancer Stem Cell Populations in Breast and Colorectal Cancer, Business Wire, April 20, 2010 [FriendFeed entry]. One of these is Poster #4293: Evaluation of activated CD44 as a biological target in the eradication of breast cancer stem cells, by Vera J Evtimov and Tracey J Brown [Presentation Abstract]. The other is Poster #4278: HA-Irinotecan targeting of activated CD44 is an effective therapy for the eradication of putative colon cancer stem cells [Presentation Abstract].

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Charles River to buy WuXi for $1.6b – Boston Globe

By Dr. Matthew Watson


Boston Globe
Charles River to buy WuXi for $1.6b
Boston Globe
The alliance is a good fit because the two companies serve a similar client base of leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the United States ...
Charles River Buys Chinese Drug Research FirmNew York Times (blog)
Merger: American firm buys Chinese pharma companyBusiness Review USA
Charles River buys WuXi PharmaTech in $1.6 billion dealFinanceAsia
theasset.com -Mass High Tech -Daily Metro News
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BOND, STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS BREAK GROUND FOR MISSOURI PLANT SCIENCE CENTER … – BigNews.biz (press release)

By Dr. Matthew Watson


KOMU-TV
BOND, STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS BREAK GROUND FOR MISSOURI PLANT SCIENCE CENTER ...
BigNews.biz (press release)
In addition to the economic impact, Bond stressed the important role biotechnology is playing in revolutionizing human health, the environment and ...
Missouri Plant Science Center Breaks GroundKOMU-TV

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PPD Opens Vaccine Clinical Research Center in Taizhou, China – MarketWatch (press release)

By Dr. Matthew Watson


RTT News
PPD Opens Vaccine Clinical Research Center in Taizhou, China
MarketWatch (press release)
The China Medical City has become a national hub for international and domestic pharmaceutical, biomedical and biotechnology companies and is part of a ...
Pharmaceutical Product 1Q Profit Down 61% On Lower SalesWall Street Journal

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To Read More: PPD Opens Vaccine Clinical Research Center in Taizhou, China – MarketWatch (press release)
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Lethal fungus strain moving from Canada to US: study – AFP

By Dr. Matthew Watson


MedIndia (press release)
Lethal fungus strain moving from Canada to US: study
AFP
... healthy people," said study co-author Edmond Byrnes, a graduate student at the Duke University Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. ...
New strain of virulent airborne fungi, unique to Oregon, is set to spreadPhysOrg.com
Fungal Disease Spreads Through Pacific NorthwestNPR
Potentially Lethal Airborne Fungus Spreading In USMedical News Today
BusinessWeek -TIME -Tech Jackal
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New strain of virulent airborne fungi, unique to Oregon, is set to spread – PhysOrg.com

By Dr. Matthew Watson


ABC News
New strain of virulent airborne fungi, unique to Oregon, is set to spread
PhysOrg.com
Byrnes and other Duke co-authors work in the laboratory of senior author Joseph Heitman, MD, Ph.D., and chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and ...
Potentially Lethal Airborne Fungus May Spread to CaliforniaU.S. News & World Report
Killer fungus seen in Pacific NorthwestCNN
'Highly Virulent' Strain of Killer Fungus Found in Ore.AOL News
LiveScience.com
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High Red Meat Consumption Linked to Colon Cancer

By Dr. Matthew Watson

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Long-term high consumption of red and processed meat may increase the risk of cancer in the colon and rectum, a new study shows.

Dr. Michael J. Thun, with the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, and colleagues followed 148,610 adults, average age 63 years, who completed questionnaires in 1982 and again between 1992 and 1993 regarding their diet, exercise, medical history and other lifestyle habits.

By 2001, there were 1667 new cases of colorectal cancer, according to a report in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association.

The participants who consistently ate the most red meat and processed meats had a 50 percent higher rate colorectal cancer than those who ate the least red or processed meat.

Prolonged high consumption of poultry and fish was marginally associated with about a 25 percent lower risk of colon cancer, but not rectal cancer. Read more...

Ayurtox for Body Detoxification

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Rare flowers and common herbal supplements get unmasked with plant DNA barcoding

By Dr. Matthew Watson

NEW YORK--Will exotic orchids soon be subjected to the same genetic scrutiny as some luxury caviars? That is just one of the coding conundrums that scientists convened at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx to discuss on a cloudy mid-April afternoon. [More]

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CSC news links 2010-04-18

By Dr. Matthew Watson

For links to recent news items, visit these [Twitter] or [FriendFeed] pages. Examples of a few news items that have received attention:

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Stimulating Biotechnology: Maryland has embarrassment of riches and challenges – WTOP

By Dr. Matthew Watson


Frederick News Post (subscription)
Stimulating Biotechnology: Maryland has embarrassment of riches and challenges
WTOP
When it comes to biotechnology, Maryland is perhaps the most gifted underprivileged state in the country. And the federal economic stimulus package may be ...
Stimulating biotechnology: Signs of recovery apparent in challenging environmentFrederick News Post (subscription)

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Sen. Robert Menendez named Legislator of the Year by bio-technology organization – The Jersey Journal – NJ.com

By Dr. Matthew Watson


The Jersey Journal - NJ.com
Sen. Robert Menendez named Legislator of the Year by bio-technology organization
The Jersey Journal - NJ.com
Robert Menendez, D-Hoboken, was named yesterday as Legislator of the Year by BIO, an umbrella organization " representing 1200 biotechnology companies, ...
Senator Menendez Honored As BIO Legislator Of The YearMedical News Today (press release)
Representative Eshoo Honored as BIO Legislator of the YearSYS-CON Media (press release)

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One Embryo Plus Three Parents Equals Ethical Dilemma – Care2.com (blog)

By Dr. Matthew Watson


ABC Online
One Embryo Plus Three Parents Equals Ethical Dilemma
Care2.com (blog)
It is a form of genetic engineering, a subject long on controversy and rife with ethical dilemma. Scientists at Newcastle University have developed a ...
3-Parent Embryos Could Prevent Disease, But Raise Ethical IssuesWired News
British Scientists Create Three-Parent EmbryosChristianityToday.com (blog)
UK Scientists Clone 3-Parent EmbryosFamily Research Council (blog)
FOXNews
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MicroRNA therapy could be a powerful tool to correct the CSC dysregulation?

By Dr. Matthew Watson

Medical Hypothesis: No small matter: microRNAs - key regulators of cancer stem cells by Qing Ji, David Karnak, Ping Hao, Rongquan Wang and Liang Xu, Int J Clin Exp Med 2010(Mar 12); 3(1): 84-7 [FriendFeed entry][Full text via PMC]. PubMed Abstract:

Emerging evidence demonstrates that both tumor suppressor and oncogenic miRNAs play an essential role in stem cell self-renewal and differentiation by negatively regulating the expression of certain key genes in stem cells. It seems logical that they may also be critical players in cancer stem cells. Though small in size, miRNAs play a key role in the epigenetic regulation of cancer stem cells. Specifically, the imbalance of oncogenic vs. tumor suppressor miRNAs may lead to dysregulation of cancer stem cells, thus causing excessive self-renewal and survival of cancer stem cells, and resistance to chemo/radiotherapy. We postulate that restoring the balance of miRNAs will correct this dysregulation via the direct and simultaneous modulation of downstream stem cell pathways involved in cancer stem cell self-renewal and/or differentiation. The resultant restoration of key regulatory pathways could improve therapeutic response. Restoring tumor suppressor miRNAs and/or inhibiting oncogenic miRNAs may provide a novel molecular therapy for human cancers, potentially via modulating cancer stem cells.

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Venture Capital Investing Climbs to $4.73 Billion (Correct) – BusinessWeek

By Dr. Matthew Watson


TopNews United States
Venture Capital Investing Climbs to $4.73 Billion (Correct)
BusinessWeek
The biggest declines came in software and biotechnology, the association said. The number of software deals was the lowest in any quarter since 1995, ...
Dallas-area venture capital investments slip in quarterDallas Morning News
MoneyTree: Venture investing remains weak in Phila. area and nationPhiladelphia Business Journal
Bucking US decline, region's start-ups lure more moneyBoston Globe
Austin American-Statesman -Earthtimes (press release) -CBS 5
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Biotechnology’s benefits for US farmers – Western Farm Press

By Dr. Matthew Watson


FinFacts Ireland
Biotechnology's benefits for US farmers
Western Farm Press
"Decades of documented evidence demonstrate that agricultural biotechnology is a safe and beneficial technology that contributes to both environmental and ...
Mounting Evidence Shows Positive Impact of Biotech CropsWisconsin Ag Connection

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Whitworth elected to Genzyme’s board – Boston Globe

By Dr. Matthew Watson


The Money Times
Whitworth elected to Genzyme's board
Boston Globe
Genzyme Corp., the large Cambridge biotechnology company, said that that Ralph Whitworth, principal and co-founder of Relational Investors LLC, ...
Genzyme moves to strengthen defenses against IcahnReuters
Genzyme adds Whitworth to block IcahnPharma Times
Ralph Whitworth Elected to Genzyme's Board of DirectorsMarketWatch (press release)
Boston Herald -Boston Business Journal -Xconomy
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MSU student receives Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship – MSU State News

By Dr. Matthew Watson


MSU State News
MSU student receives Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
MSU State News
When Tasneem Pierce sat down with an assistant professor about a possible major change, the genomics and molecular genetics junior quickly decided what ...

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Bucking US decline, region’s start-ups lure more money – Boston Globe

By Dr. Matthew Watson


VentureBeat
Bucking US decline, region's start-ups lure more money
Boston Globe
Still, 2010 is off to a better start than 2009, as biotechnology and medical devices continued to lead other industries in both number of deals and money ...
Venture funding rebounds for Austin startupsAustin American-Statesman
Summary Box: Venture-Cap Investments Rise In 1QCBS 5
Venture-cap investments rise in 1Q, as optimism upThe Associated Press
Bizjournals.com -techrockies.com
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Weak Kidneys Cause Weak Bones

By Dr. Matthew Watson

by Jean-Claude Alix, Naturopath

No single area of the body stands alone, everything is linked up. This is why medical specialisation is one of the greatest mistakes that was ever

made.

Viewed from this angle, hardly any two areas are so closely and deeply intertwined as the renal metabolism and the bone metabolism. Thus, it is understandable that weakness in the kidneys must necessarily result in weakness in the bones. The discussion of these interrelations is the

theme of this treatise.

Significance of the kidney as the centre of bone formation:

- The kidney as regulator of the

electrolytes

- The kidney as regulator of the

acid-alkaline balance

- The kidney as the base of anxiety Read more...

Joint Mender for Joint Care

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3-Parent Embryos Could Prevent Disease, But Raise Ethical Issues – Wired News

By Dr. Matthew Watson


Reuters
3-Parent Embryos Could Prevent Disease, But Raise Ethical Issues
Wired News
The technique is a subtle form of genetic engineering, which many people consider taboo, and raises other ethical dilemmas. It could also allow parents ...
Three-Parent Babies Due Soon, Thanks to ScienceFOXNews

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