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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Today's Globe: antismoking ads, nursing program, RNAi deal

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Graphic television ads starring former smoker and cancer survivor Ronaldo Martinez (above), his tinny, robotic voice warning of the consequences of cigarettes, used to run in Massachusetts until 2001 budget cuts. The Massachusetts Legislature voted last week to reinvigorate the tobacco-control program, boosting its budget to $12.75 million for next year, from $8.25 million this year.

State regulatory officials have taken the unusual step of barring Massachusetts Bay Community College from accepting new applicants in its popular nursing school.

In the latest endorsement of a science technique discovered at the University of Massachusetts, the international drug giant Roche signed a $331 million deal with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Cambridge for the rights to develop drugs using RNA interference.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:56 AM
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