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Best Practices Winners & Other Briefs

Best Practices
The winners of the 2010 Bio•IT World Best Practices Awards were announced in April, chosen from a record 74 entries. Grand Prize winners from six life sciences awards categories were Bristol-Myers Squibb, The Scripps Research Institute, PROOF / iCAPTURE Centre of Excellence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Centocor R&D, and FDA. The competition’s second Judges’ Prize was awarded to; the Editors’ Choice Award was awarded to Merck and Co. and the competition’s first Community Service Prize recognizing excellence in open source was awarded to the Royal Society of Chemistry. The winners will be featured in the July/August issue of Bio•IT World.

P53 Knockout
Sigma Life Science has introduced the world’s first p53 ‘knockout’ rat model. The model, developed through Sigma Advanced Genetic Engineering (SAGE) Labs, offers the potential for faster and more accurate predictions of how anti-cancer therapeutics work in humans and seeks to increase the understanding of this critical gene. Research applications include early carcinogenicity screening, chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic screening, and p53 pathway studies.

PDF Shortcut
PLoS has released Pubget links across its journal sites (see, Pubget Searches and Delivers Scientific PDFs, Bio•IT World, Jul 2009). Now, when you browse thousands of reference citations on PLoS journals, you can get to the full text article faster than ever before. PDF links have been added to every free citation covered by CrossRef (check the ‘CrossRef’ link in the ‘Cited in’ section of any article’s Metrics tab). Clicking on the PDF icon will take you directly to the PDF.

This article also appeared in the May-June 2010 issue of Bio-IT World Magazine. Subscriptions are free for qualifying individuals. Apply today.

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