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Friday, June 22, 2007

Today's Globe: eldest know best, Arctic Ocean explorers, pathologist off duty, Parkinson's gene therapy, follow-on biologics, biotech strategy, Bulger for Carney, drug pricing

A large study by Norwegian scientists appearing in today's edition of Science concludes that a child raised as the eldest has a higher intelligence quotient, on average, than younger siblings.

camper150.bmpAn international team of scientists is embarking on a search for life on the floor of the Arctic Ocean, the smallest but least known of the world's oceans. Led by researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, deep-sea specialists will be equipped with unique robotic vehicles (including the Camper, left) designed to explore mountain ranges miles beneath the polar ice cap.

State pathologist Dr. William M. Zane, whose autopsy error forced prosecutors to downgrade murder charges against twin brothers from Ayer, will not be allowed to examine any potential homicide victims until the Patrick administration completes a review of the state medical examiner's office.

An experimental treatment for Parkinson's disease seemed to improve symptoms -- dramatically so, for one 59-year-old man -- without causing side effects in an early study of a dozen patients.

Good patient care demands that manufacturers show that their products are safe and effective before they are allowed on the market, Dr. James A. Bianco, president and CEO of Cell Therapeutics Inc. in Seattle, writes on the op-ed page. For biologics, including the follow-on type , the only way to demonstrate this is through clinical trials -- though follow-on biologics should be on an expedited track.

Governor Deval Patrick told a group of business and science leaders yesterday that he will introduce legislation next month detailing his $1 billion biotechnology proposal.

bulger100.bmpCaritas Carney Hospital in Dorchester, part of the six-hospital Caritas Christi Health Care system being sold by the Archdiocese of Boston, has tapped William Bulger (left), former president of the state Senate and the University of Massachusetts, to help it raise money.

US District Judge Patti B. Saris ruled against pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca PLC, Schering-Plough Corp., and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. in Boston yesterday, finding them guilty of engaging in unfair and deceptive trade practices for their medication prices, according to the law firm of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:30 AM
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