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bioblurb
by Sofya Bakalova

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR GUEST EDITOR:

Greetings, faithful readers! Thank you for your patience while our 2009-2010 BioBlurb leadership is in transition. In the meantime, I had the pleasure of guest editing the current issue of the BioBlurb. In order to include the wealth of stories that have been submitted since the last issue was published in early August, this current issue is a bit longer than usual. Many of the late August/September stories challenge the mind and delight the imagination.

Growing up in my Russian homeland I used to read about advanced regenerative technologies and synthetic life in science fiction books. What a difference a few decades make! Read on, if you’re intrigued….

Thank you,

Sofya Bakalova
sb4711@students.law.miami.edu

CONTRIBUTOR CREDITS FOR THIS ISSUE:

Great thanks to Hugh Wellons for his story contributions this month and to Lisa von Biela for her support and assistance!

BIOETHICS:

1. “Stem Cell Research Guidelines to be Proposed at U.S. Summit.” A charter devised by Canadian stem cell researchers outlines ethical principles that should guide international stem cell research. The charter was presented on September 22nd at the International Stem Cell Summit held in Baltimore, MD, according to CBS News (September 21, 2009).
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2009/09/21/stem-cell-summit.html
OR
http://tinyurl.com/m8b7zt

SPOTLIGHT ON BIOTECH EXPERTS:

1. “J. Craig Venter, Ph.D. to Receive National Medal of Science from President Obama.” Craig Venter, Ph.D., founder, president and chairman of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), has been named a recipient of this year's National Medal of Science for his contributions to the science of genomics, according to Bio-Medicine.org (September 18, 2009).
http://www.bio-medicine.org/biology-technology-1/J--Craig-Venter--Ph-D-- to-Receive-National-Medal-of-Science-From-President-Obama-14139-1/
OR
http://tinyurl.com/y8dosh5

BIOTECH BREAKTHROUGHS & NEW RESEARCH DIRECTIONS:

1. “Programming Cells to Do the Work: Synthetic Biology May Eventually Lead to New Treatments.” Scientists are searching for ways to turn living cells into tiny robots that can be programmed to take on tasks that range from attacking tumors in the body to guiding the development of stem cells in the lab, according to the Wall Street Journal (July 20, 2009).
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014240529702037394045742943837118528
34.html
OR
http://tinyurl.com/mj6y63

2. “Gene Pioneer Venter Takes Another Step Toward Synthetic Life.” Team of scientists succeed in morphing one kind of bacteria into another, edging closer to the creation of artificial life, according to Bloomberg.com (August 20, 2009).
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601124&sid=a_D_BKjW5bR4

3. “Liposuction Fat Turns to Stem Cells Quicker than Skin in Study.” Stanford University scientists discovered that human fat cells, which are widely available and easily harvested with liposuction, morph into stem cells quicker and more efficiently than skin cells. The approach gives science a viable alternative to the use of embryonic cells, according to Bloomberg (September 7, 2009).
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aK36DFw539FM

BIOTECH APPLICATIONS IN CLINICAL MEDICINE:

1. “Gel Hope for Brain Injury Repair.” Research on rats demonstrates injectable hydrogel’s potential to stimulate tissue growth at the site of brain injury, according to BBC News (September 3, 2009).
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8233209.stm

2. “Creating a Heart Patch.” A team of researchers have developed a method of engineering cardiac tissue with a working blood vessel supply by implanting the tissue, called the “cardiac patch,” into a living rat’s omentum membrane that connects and supports the abdominal organs. Research is a promising step toward generating bioengineered material useful in repairing damaged heart tissue, according to the MIT Technology Review (August 25, 2009).
http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/23303/

3. “Researchers Find Prostate Cancer Stem Cell.” Researchers have found a stem cell, a kind of master cell, which may cause at least some types of prostate cancer, according to Reuters (September 9, 2009).
http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSTRE58857N20090909

4. “Scientists Find Gene That Can Stop Mice From Becoming Obese.”
Scientists discover a gene that acts as the main control center for obesity in lab animals. Blocking the gene in lab mice allows the animals to remain thin even on a high-fat diet, according to Yahoo News (September 3, 2009).
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090903/hl_afp/healthusobesity_200909032014 10
OR
http://tinyurl.com/ya6a73r

INTERNATIONAL BIOTECH NEWS:

1. “China Gets Serious About Biotech.” China announces its plans to spend
$9.2 billion on technological R&D by the end of 2010. While still not at par with the United States, China is making significant strides in developing its biotechnology industry, according to Fiercebiotech.com (September 2, 2009).
http://www.fiercebiotech.com/special-reports/chinas-rise-poses-challenges-
opportunities-biopharma-industry
OR
http://tinyurl.com/lvho6o

2. “Chinese Scientists Reprogram Cells to Create Mice.” Chinese researchers have successfully reprogrammed mature skin cells of mice to an embryonic-like state and used the resulting cells to create live mouse offspring, according to the Wall Street Journal (July 24, 2009).
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124839803784477915.html

BIOTECH INDUSTRY NEWS:

1. “Drug, Biotech Research Spending Hangs Tough.” Corporate America's research spending shrank 4% overall from the end of 2007 through 2009, but many healthcare and biotech companies have chosen to increase their research and development budgets, according to Business Week (August 27, 2009).
http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/aug2009/db20090827_ 362578.htm
OR
http://tinyurl.com/lvho6o

2. “Cyntellect Launches Stem Cell Manager™ Powered by LEAP.” A leading life- science company that specializes in commercialization of stem cell research announces the commercial availability of Stem Cell Manager™ powered by LEAP™. This new application promises to revolutionize the management and streamlining of stem cell research projects, according to The Business Wire (September 16, 2009).
http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/biospace/index.jsp? ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090916005565&newsLang=en
OR
http://tinyurl.com/ybey7p5

LEGISLATIVE, POLICY & REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS:

1. “F.D.A. Reveals It Fell to a Push by Lawmakers.” FDA admits that four New Jersey congressmen and FDA’s former commissioner unduly influenced the approval process for a potentially dangerous knee patch product. FDA is now reconsidering its decision, according to the New York Times (September 24, 2009).
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/25/health/policy/25knee.html? _r=1&ref=health
OR
http://tinyurl.com/y9anghk

PATENT/IP ISSUES:

1. “Neuralstem Receives Notice of Patent Allowance.” United States Patent Trademark Office has allowed Rockville, MD based Neuralstem, Inc.’s patent entitled “Transplantation of Human Neural Cells for Treatment of Neurodegenerative Conditions.” Neuralstem's patented technology enables, for the first time, the ability to produce neural stem cells of the human brain and spinal cord in commercial quantities, according to Yahoo Finance News (September 9, 2009).
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Neuralstem-Receives-Notice-of-bw- 2210023371.html?x=0&.v=1
OR
http://tinyurl.com/y99dkok

WEIRD NEWS:

1. “Plague Researcher in Chicago Dies from Infection.” Public Health officials are investigating the death of a University of Chicago scientist who was researching a weakened strain of the plague bacteria. The organism has been studied for over 40 years without incident, according to Reuters (September 21, 2009).
http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE58K3J120090921

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Sofya Bakalova
University of Miami School of Law
J.D. Candidate - Class of 2010
sb4711@students.law.miami.edu