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Archives for November, 2008

The FDA may soon join forces with personal genomics companies like 23andMe and CIMR in order to draw associations between genotypes and adverse drug reactions. ScienceBlogger Revere from Genetic Future posted that before such a collaborationis considered, genomics companies must recruit more—and more diverse—participants and improve methodology to gather “extremely accurate and detailed” clinical data…

Environment Environment channel photo. A corn field under a blue sky coated with clouds of the cumulo nimbus. From Flickr, by Kables

The Buzz: Gulf War Illness

When hundreds of thousands of soldiers returned from the Gulf War in 1991, epidemiologists like Revere from Effect Measure insisted that the neurological and other symptoms afflicting a large number of the veterans was not due to stress—as many U.S. government departments alleged—but rather widespread exposure to toxic chemicals. Now, a federally mandated panel of…

Physical Science Physical Science channel photo. An image from the Hubble Space Telescope of Fomalhaut b, the first planet outside of the Sun’s solar system viewed from Earth. From Flickr, by bobster1985

Technology Technology channel photo. Nam June Paik’s “Electronic Superhighway” at the National Portrait Gallery – Smithsonian – Washington DC. From Flickr, by frozenchipmunk

With the announcement of Barack Obama’s plan to deliver a weekly YouTube address, speculations are arising of how the new administration will make use of “facebook age” technologies to communicate with the public. ScienceBlogger Coturnix from A Blog Around the Clock discusses this and the potential clash between traditional policies requiring the president to abstain…

Using the Hubble Telescope, scientists have successfully viewed a planet revolving around a different star than our beloved Sun for the first time. The planet has been dubbed Fomalhaut b and revolves around the star Fomalhaut, the brightest star in the constellation Piscis calculated to reside about 25 light years away. ScienceBlogger Steinn Sigurðsson broke…

Welcome to another Channel Update. In this post, you will find the large versions of the Medicine & Health and Brain & Behavior channel photos, and also the contextualized versions of the reader reactions from the aforementioned channels. Medicine & Health Medicine & Health channel photo. Image captured with an electron microscope of a six-day-old…

Greetings ScienceBlogs readers. In this post: The large versions of the photos on the Education & Careers and Politics channels, and a recap of the channel quotes. Education & Careers Education & Careers channel photo. An enthusiastic submarine driver pops his head out of the hatch to smile for the camera. From Flickr, by jurvetson