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Small regions of the genome where humans have diverged from chimpanzees contain a variety of mutations implicated in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, report Harvard Medical School researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Published online Sept. 22 in Cell, the genomic analysis—the most comprehensive of its kind to date—opens a new approach to understanding both cognitive/behavioral disorders and the still-mysterious genetic changes that made human language, culture and civilization possible…
To Produce Biopharmaceuticals On Demand, Just Add WaterResearchers at MIT and other institutions have created tiny freeze-dried pellets that include all of the molecular machinery needed to translate DNA into proteins, which could form the basis for on-demand production of drugs and vaccines.
The pellets, which contain dozens of enzymes and other molecules extracted from cells, can be stored for an extended period of time at room temperature. Upon the addition of water and freeze-dried DNA, the pellets begin producing proteins encoded by the DNA…
Chembio Awarded Grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture to Develop Point-of-Care Diagnostic Test for Bovine Tuberculosis
Daily Times Leader
Chembio Diagnostics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CEMI), a leader in point-of-care (POC) diagnostic tests for infectious diseases, today announced that the Company has been awarded a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a POC diagnostic test for bovine tuberculosis (TB). The $600,000 grant is managed by the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), a federal agency within the USDA.
Under the two-year grant, Chembio will use its patented DPP® technology to undertake to develop a simple, rapid, accurate and cost-effective test for bovine TB in cattle. The DPP® BovidTB Assay will be designed to provide results within 20 minutes, thereby significantly improving on the time-consuming, tedious and inadequate diagnostic methods currently in use. The DPP® BovidTB Assay will be developed in collaboration with National Animal Disease Center (NADC) and Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI). Chembio is uniquely qualified to develop the DPP® BovidTB Assay, as it has previously developed the DPP® VetTB Assay for captive and farmed cervids, which is currently commercialized and specified in the USDA Veterinary Services guidance document. The Company’s manufacturing facility is registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and licensed by the USDA…
The Space Review
Are you eager to see humanity colonize the Moon and Mars? Does it really matter to you? If so, how do you feel about these eight statements about space settlement? Which can you now accept, and which do you still reject?
The US government will never pay for space settlement, because, even if Congress wanted to, the taxpayers wouldn’t allow it…
Chuck Beames, who headed Seattle-based Vulcan Aerospace for the past two and a half years, has left the company.
He’ll be replaced on an interim basis by Jean Floyd, head of the company’s Stratolaunch project, which is building a giant space launch airplane in the Mojave desert…
Great Elephant Census
Elephant populations in Africa have declined by around 111,000 over the past 10 years according to a new study.
The African Elephant Status report says that poaching is the main driver of the fall, the worst losses in 25 years.
However the authors say that long-term issues such as the loss of habitat also pose a significant threat…
Declining elephant populations in Africa are coming under the spotlight during the climate conference CoP17 Cites under way at the Sandton Convention Centre.
NGOs have spent enormous amounts of money on highlighting the problem with the ivory trade, while some governments are lobbying to make it legal…
Advance Healthcare Network
Chancellor Michael F. Collins announced the public phase of a $250 million comprehensive campaign to support UMass Medical School’s ongoing pursuit of excellence and to shape advances in biomedical research, education, and community and global engagement well into the 21st century.
Pathways of Promise is the largest fundraising effort since the school was founded in 1962 and represents an unprecedented opportunity for supporters, private-sector partners and granting organizations to celebrate and strengthen the school’s ability to fulfill its mission of advancing the health and well-being of the people of the commonwealth and the world, according to a press release from UMass…
Smart City Challenge
“Disruptive” isn’t often used to describe Austin Mayor Steve Adler, a man whose voice is so soft that city staffers have given him a special clip-on microphone to use at City Council meetings.
But the mayor’s efforts to address Austin’s deeply rooted economic inequalities recently earned him a spot on a list of 25 Disruptive Leaders who will be honored on Tuesday by Living Cities, an organization that works to improve the economic well-being for low-income people…
It is Smart Cities Week here in the U.S. and to kick it off, the White House this morning announced $80 million new federal dollars to go toward its Smart Cities Initiative, which launched a year ago.
“If we can reconceive of our government so that the interactions and the interplay between private sector, nonprofits, and government are opened up, and we use technology, data, social media in order to join forces around problems, then there’s no problem that we face in this country that is not soluble.” said President Barack Obama in a White House fact sheet released September 26…
Announcing Over $80 million in New Federal Investment and a Doubling of Participating Communities in the White House Smart Cities Initiative
‘If we can reconceive of our government so that the interactions and the interplay between private sector, nonprofits, and government are opened up, and we use technology, data, social media in order to join forces around problems, then there’s no problem that we face in this country that is not soluble.’ – President Barack Obama
With nearly two-thirds of Americans living in urban settings, many of our fundamental challenges-from climate change to equitable growth to improved health-will require our cities to be laboratories for innovation. The rapid pace of technological change, from the rise of data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and ubiquitous sensor networks to autonomous vehicles, holds significant promise for addressing core local challenges…
Seattle Art Fair
The Ultimate Guide to the Texas Contemporary Art Fair: New York Ownership Embraces Houston’s Messy Vitality
Texas Contemporary Fair blows back into town this week for three days and one night, at the George R. Brown Convention Center. In a half dozen years since New York-based Art Market launched the Texas Contemporary in Houston — their other fairs include Miami Project and the Seattle Art Fair, the latter produced in tandem with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen — the Fair has distinguished itself with works appealing to top collectors within the contemporary arena.
Don’t expect the pristine polish of the Dallas Art Fair; this Fair has a vibe more suited for Houston — a messy vitality (remember year one’s Andy Coolquitt explosion in the aisles?) and a more expansive, diverse collecting focus (because our town’s mega collectors are not ruled by a cadre of New York art advisors). Philanthropic couple John and Becca Cason Thrash return to chair Opening Night…
The Daily World
Russell Wilson’s now out of legs to injure.
He’s now finally missed game time because of being hurt.
Yet through a sprained right ankle and now a new, sprained left knee, Seattle’s most relentlessly standing icon since the Space Needle vows to play on…
Portland Trail Blazers
Monday was Media Day at Moda Center, with President/general manager Neil Olshey, coach Terry Stotts and most of the 18 players on the Trail Blazers’ training-camp roster addressing reporters with their views on the upcoming season.
A look at what was discussed:
• Portland entered the 2015-16 season predicted to be near the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Vegas odds had them in the neighborhood of 26 victories. The Blazers far exceeded expectations, finishing fifth in the West with a 44-38 record and beating the Los Angeles Clippers before being eliminated by Golden State in the second round of the playoffs…