NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies today announced a collaboration with Florida International University to develop methods for the identification and characterization of designer drugs.

Agilent is working with FIU's department of chemistry and biochemistry and its International Forensics Research Institute and is currently focused on developing and validating methods for rapid forensic screening and analysis to expand the capabilities of drug screening techniques using immunoassays, the company said.

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A survey examines how age, political leanings, and more influence how Americans view certain scientific topics, the Associated Press reports.

A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

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