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Myriad calls a ceasefire in court battle over cancer gene tests

30 January 2015 News and Analysis

US biotech firm settles patent lawsuits involving BRCA gene tests, agrees to dismiss claims against several labs

Billion dollar package unveiled to fight antibiotic resistance

30 January 2015 News and Analysis

President Obama wants to almost double US funding to fight antibiotic resistant bacteria in 2016

Roche chases bolt-on acquisitions as it pushes into genomics

28 January 2015 Business

Company’s recent shopping spree aims to harness genome sequencing to advance personalised treatments

Ex-US Navy weapons specialist arrested over chemical stockpile

28 January 2015 News and Analysis

Arrest made in Canada over osmium tetroxide stores and other chemicals that triggered evacuation of nearby homes

‘Research bank’ idea floated to support US science agencies

23 January 2015 News and Analysis

Establishment of a public–private bank mooted to smooth out fluctuations in America’s government support for research

Obama talks up research, announces personalised medicine initiative

23 January 2015 News and Analysis

US president proposes ‘precision medicine’ initiative in State of the Union speech

US methane emissions reduction effort generates sparks

22 January 2015 Business

White House targets oil and gas sector but gets a chilly reception from Republican lawmakers and industry

BP Deepwater oil spill fines set to fall dramatically

22 January 2015 News and Analysis

Louisiana judge rules that disaster released a million fewer barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico than the US government estimated

NIH institute looks to end funding monopolies

19 January 2015 News and Analysis

New guidelines aim to spread grant money more evenly to avoid it accumulating in the hands of research superstars

MFG Chemical fined after worker dies

16 January 2015 Business

Company cited for multiple safety failings before the fatal incident

US science funder updates policy on same sex partners

13 January 2015 News and Analysis

National Institutes of Health now recognises same sex marriages in its grants policies

Ansun settles fraud case for $2m

13 January 2015 Business

Executives fiddled timesheets to overcharge US funding agency on grants and research contracts

West Virginia chemical spill inhalation risk overlooked

12 January 2015 News and Analysis

Contamination of US water supply with MCMH and polyglycol ethers caused ill health when residents flushed toilets

Booms and bust-ups

9 January 2015 Business

Chemicals industry roundup 2014

US poised to approve its first ‘biosimilar’ drug

9 January 2015 Business

FDA panel recommends Sandoz’s copy of Amgen’s Neupogen

US–Cuba accord expected to be boon for science

8 January 2015 News and Analysis

Researchers and science groups applaud President Obama’s action make it easier for American and Cuban researchers to collaborate

Myriad loses appeal on cancer gene test patents

7 January 2015 News and Analysis

US appeals court rules that biotechnology company cannot block competitor's breast cancer tests

Revlon’s former chief scientist claims he was fired over safety whistleblowing

7 January 2015 Business

Ex-employee sues firm alleging job loss was the result of raising safety concerns that the company’s chief executive didn't want to hear

Flame retardant levels in San Francisco Bay wildlife falls after phase-out

7 January 2015 Research

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers in cormorants and terns has fallen by 74-93% in a decade

New research productivity metric unveiled

6 January 2015 News and Analysis

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center team proposes a new bibliometric method to gauge research output of academics

FBI’s 2001 anthrax investigation was flawed

24 December 2014 News and Analysis

The genetic testing the FBI relied on to trace the culprit of the anthrax letter attacks was defective, says Congress’ watchdog

US research agencies finally learn their fate

23 December 2014 News and Analysis

The belated new budgets of America’s science agencies are met with a mixed reception

Chemical facility anti-terrorism laws renewed for four years

22 December 2014 News and Analysis

Extensions to the legislation are meant to speed up processes and make it more efficient

US National Academies urges postdoctoral reforms

17 December 2014 News and Analysis

Postdoctoral students are paid too little and have poor employment opportunities, a National Academies committee concludes

Freedom Industries’ president arrested for fraud

11 December 2014 Business

Executive whose company leaked MCHM into West Virginian water supplies is charged with lying to deflect blame