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Cell Pouch for Human Trials

Posted Oct 21st 2013 | Comment

Sernova Corp (Canada) has released the results of the first 2 human trials using the company's cell pouch. The pouch, which is inserted below the skin, is populated by islet cells. Results showed...

Open Access Week

Posted by Buck Orr | Oct 20th 2013 | Comment

Oct 21-27 is Open Access week.  See: for a list of events

Biotea: RDFizing PubMed Central in support for the paper as an interface to the Web of Data

Posted Oct 16th 2013 | Comment

Authors: Leyla Garcia Casey McLaughlin Alexander Garcia Background The World Wide Web has become a dissemination platform for scientific and non-scientific publications. However, most of the...

IBM Announcing the IMPROVER Network Verification Challenge

Posted by Alex Garcia-Castro | Oct 14th 2013

IBM has just launched the third sbv IMPROVER challenge (, theBiological Network Verification Challenge (NVC). The aim of this challenge is to develop and refine pathways using...

Reporting Research Antibody Use: How to Increase Experimental Reproducibility

Posted Oct 14th 2013 | Comment

Authors: Matthew A Helsby Joe R Fenn Andrew D Chalmers Research antibodies are used in a wide range of bioscience disciplines, yet it is common to hear dissatisfaction amongst researchers with...

BRDI Announces Data and Information Challenge

Posted by Matt Helsby | Oct 9th 2013 | Comment

The National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI; announces an open challenge to increase awareness of current issues and opportunities in research data...

Secretive and Subjective, Peer Review Proves Resistant to Study

Posted by Stephanie Hagstrom | Oct 3rd 2013 | Comment

Author: Jennifer Couzin-Frankel ...while many pieces of the publications puzzle are yielding to scrutiny, the peer-review process itself is not. "Nothing much has changed in 25 years," says Ana...