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Vol 12, No 9, July 2008 - Australia's Biodiversity
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Australia
•  UWA Researchers Link New Gene to Osteoporosis
•  Australian Surgeons Save Unborn Baby's Leg

China
•  China Honors IRRI for Contributions to Food Security and Science
•  Chinese Red Yeast Rice Extract Reduces Repeat Heart Attacks/Mortality Rates
•  Cholesterol Absorbing Mechanism Unveiled
•  Academia Sinica and BASF to Develop Rice Strains

Hong Kong
•  Hong Kong Scientists Make New Bird Flu Breakthrough

India
•  Mirrus Opens India R&D center
•  United States Launches Rs 580 million Health Initiative in India
•  IBSD to Analyze Herb with Cancer Curing Property
•  Rare Heart Surgery at Delhi Hospital

Japan
•  First Optical Pacemaker: Laser Controls Beating Of Heart Muscle Cells in Cell Culture

Singapore
•  Singapore-led Team Starts S$3.5 Million Liver Cancer Clinical Trial
•  Wealth of Genomic Hotspots Discovered in Embryonic Stem Cells
•  Scientists Identify Genetic Regulator of Colon Cancer and Develop a Novel Therapeutic Strategy for Colon Cancer Treatment
•  First Confirmed Common Genetic Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Uncovered by Genome Institute of Singapore and Partners in international Breast Cancer Association Collaboration

Feature
•  Australia's Biodiversity Crisis — For all of Australia's weird and different organisms, the richness of the country's biodiversity has never been under greater threat
•  A Life Devoted to Botany — APBN speaks to the executive director of Sydney's Botanic Gardens Trust, Dr Tim Entwisle, about his passion for plant life and the challenges facing botany
•  Saving the Shark — There are less than 500 Grey Nurse Sharks off Australia's coasts and this species is in danger of slipping into extinction
•  Who's Who — William Burns tells APBN about the latest ongoings at top Australian research center, the Diamantina Institute for Cancer, Immunology and Metabolic Medicine
•  Trading Currency — Treat flora and fauna as economic currency to prevent their deterioration
•  The Wark.: At the Interface of Nano and Bio-materials
•  Molecular Plant Breeding Cooperative Research Centre
•  Pressing On Scientists at Sydney's Centenary Institute are working to improve health outcomes for the community at large
•  Redrawing the Map — Donald Hobern takes a look at the challenges of managing biodiversity data
•  Fostering the Good Drop — Businesses like Foster's Wine Estates show that they can thrive while committing themselves to stronger conservation standards

Industry News
•  Arana and greenovation in Anticancer Codevelopment Deal
•  AMAG Pharmaceuticals and 3Sbio to Develop Ferumoxytol in China
•  Biocon Launches Prefilled Syringes for Cancer
•  Ranbaxy Ties up with Yemen's Pharma
•  Cato Research and Neuland Laboratories Form Joint Venture in India
•  Alnylam, Takeda Ink RNAi Deal
•  Seahorse Bioscience Enters into Agreement with Primetech Corporation to Bring XF Technology to Japan
•  Faust Pharmaceuticals Announces Research Agreement with Takeda
•  Agilent Technologies Introduces First Commercial GC/MS Metabolite Library
•  Innogene and NCCS Starts Clinical Trial for Drug to Treat Head and Neck Cancer
•  Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and Siam Life Science Develop New Gold Standard for Pharmacological and Toxicological Test Systems

General News
•  Greater Global Awareness of Chinese Medicine
•  Pharma Marketing, Philippines
•  Asia Pacific's Finest Healthcare Players Recognized

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