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The death of Michael Jackson has made its expected transition from a celebration of his life and music to an uncomfortable public autopsy of how he died. More than a month after his death, the official coroner’s autopsy has yet to be officially released, but various media outlets have sniffed out one particular drug that […]
You could say that Janet Rowley is having a pretty good year. In March, the University of Chicago molecular geneticist stood at President Barack Obama’s right arm as he signed an executive order clearing the way for federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research. Earlier this month, she was declared the winner of the 2009 Peter […]
Much of the latest news on the H1N1 virus, colloquially known as swine flu, indicates that the next flu season has the potential to be unusually rough. In some ways the last flu season never really ended; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 20 states are still seeing widespread or regional flu […]
By Jeremy Manier Now that my new job leaves less time for blogging, we’re changing the format of this site a bit and adding more voices to the mix. The biggest change is the addition this week of Rob Mitchum, who got his PhD in neurobiology here at the University of Chicago a couple of […]
By Jeremy Manier ScienceInsider, the top-notch blog by Science magazine writers, flags this case of a scientist who discovered his research grant application had been part of a Freedom of Information Act request. A physician at another university asked for the application, on the assumption that once something is submitted to a federal agency it’s […]
Francis Collins, NIH chief nominee By Jeremy Manier This was a busy week for biomedical news. The National Institutes of Health got a new nominee for its director, Francis Collins; the NIH finalized new rules for funding of research on embryonic stem cells; and swine flu got a new quasi-official name: “Pandemic H1N1 2009.” Of […]