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36 Certified Great Places to Work By BioSpace Hotbed Regions 36 CERTIFIED GREAT PLACES TO WORK BY BIOSPACE HOTBED REGIONS

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Jul 18, 2019

Great Place to Work is an organization whose goal it is to assure that all people in the U.S. have a great place to work by 2030. They do this by conducting surveys and applying metrics to companies and their workplace cultures. Great Place to Work recently published its Great Place to Work Certific...

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Kronos Bio Snags $105 Million to Support Development of its Small Molecule Microarray Platform KRONOS BIO SNAGS $105 MILLION TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF ITS SMALL MOLECULE MICROARRAY PLATFORM

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Jul 18, 2019

A little more than a year after it launched, California-based Kronos Bio closed a $105 million Series A Preferred Stock financing to support the continued development of the company’s Small Molecule Microarray platform (SMM).

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Release of Federal Database Reveals 76 Billion Opioid Pills Were Sold in the U.S. From 2006-2012 RELEASE OF FEDERAL DATABASE REVEALS 76 BILLION OPIOID PILLS WERE SOLD IN THE U.S. FROM 2006-2012

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Jul 17, 2019

From 2006 to 2012 more than 76 billion opioid pain pills were sold in the United States, with three pharmaceutical manufacturing companies behind 88 percent of those, according to an analysis of a federal database maintained by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

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Gilead CSO, Other Executives, Departing Company as CEO Continues to Reshape C-Suite GILEAD CSO, OTHER EXECUTIVES, DEPARTING COMPANY AS CEO CONTINUES TO RESHAPE C-SUITE

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Jul 17, 2019

Gilead Sciences is seeing a significant change in its executive leadership team as multiple longtime employees are heading out the door as new Chief Executive Officer Daniel O’Day continues to shape the lineup of his lieutenants.

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China Has Big Presence in Top 10 Biotech IPOs this Year CHINA HAS BIG PRESENCE IN TOP 10 BIOTECH IPOS THIS YEAR

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Jul 17, 2019

Last year, new rules went into effect on the Hong Kong stock exchange, which allowed companies that did not have a product on the market or generate revenue to list on the exchange. The primary classification for this is biotech companies, which typically don’t have products or revenue at the ...

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Inovio, Amneal Slash Workforces as Both Companies Undergo Realignments INOVIO, AMNEAL SLASH WORKFORCES AS BOTH COMPANIES UNDERGO REALIGNMENTS

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Jul 17, 2019

Shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals are down more than 10% in premarket trading after the company announced it will terminate 28% of its workforce as it aims its corporate strategy to focus on the commercial development of its late-stage human papillomavirus treatment.

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Stem Cell Therapy and Its Proliferating Market STEM CELL THERAPY AND ITS PROLIFERATING MARKET

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Jul 16, 2019

Stem cells are characterized as totipotent progenitor cells that can differentiate between themselves and their lines. Stem cells survive well and show stable division in culture, making them ideal targets for in vitro manipulation. The capacity of tissue stem cells to incorporate under control of t...

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What colours should you use for your biotech company’s branding? WHAT COLOURS SHOULD YOU USE FOR YOUR BIOTECH COMPANY’S BRANDING?

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Jul 16, 2019

Colour theory starts with the colour wheel which was invented by Isaac Newton1666. It’s kind of what it sounds like, a wheel of colour but what you can do with this wheel is both an art and a science and can be used to find out what colours work well together. Understanding what colours work w...

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New Hope for Rare Mitochondrial Diseases NEW HOPE FOR RARE MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASES

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Jul 16, 2019

Mitochondria are the energy producers in the body. They are inherited from the mothers, and the mitochondria themselves contain their own DNA, which encode for 37 genes. The bulk of the 1500 mitochondrial proteins, however, are encoded by the nuclear DNA.

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Selectively Targeting Cancerous T-Cells Using CAR-T Therapy SELECTIVELY TARGETING CANCEROUS T-CELLS USING CAR-T THERAPY

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Jul 16, 2019

One type of T-cell cancer is T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-cell ALL), which is a less common form of ALL where the cancerous cells are precursor T-cells. T-cell ALL accounts for about 15-25 percent of all types of ALL and only 1 percent of all lymphomas (cancer of the lymphatic system, incl...

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Scientists Identify Differences Between Relapsing/Remitting and Progressive Multiple Sclerosis SCIENTISTS IDENTIFY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RELAPSING/REMITTING AND PROGRESSIVE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

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Jul 16, 2019

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an often-disabling disease of the central nervous system caused by damage to the myelin coating around the nerves. The disease is quite variable, but falls into two broad types, relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), in which patients often go into clinical remission, and progress...

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Cyber-threats on biotechnology: how to protect intellectual property? CYBER-THREATS ON BIOTECHNOLOGY: HOW TO PROTECT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY?

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Jul 16, 2019

Nevertheless, in recent years, a new topic of reflection is becoming increasingly important in this sector: how to protect its intellectual property from cyber threats? Data leak, cyber espionage, "hacktivism" .... Biotechnology players are particularly vulnerable to cyber risks. The cyber...

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SailPoint Levels-Up their ABM Strategy with Intent Data SAILPOINT LEVELS-UP THEIR ABM STRATEGY WITH INTENT DATA

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Jul 15, 2019

The buyer’s journey has changed in a way which leaves many sales and marketing teams struggling to find insight from within what we call the Dark Funnel. However, many technology companies are starting to build solutions to address the radical new way customers engage and buy today by collecti...

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Duo Security Sets BDRs up for Success with 6sense DUO SECURITY SETS BDRS UP FOR SUCCESS WITH 6SENSE

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Jul 15, 2019

The role of a Business Development Rep can be a daunting one. Knowing where to prioritize when you have over 1,000 accounts and knowing what content to reach out to them and engage them with can be an impossible task. But if you have the right intent data that can show you where the account is in th...

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AbbVie jumps into STING cancer work with Mavupharma buy ABBVIE JUMPS INTO STING CANCER WORK WITH MAVUPHARMA BUY

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Jul 15, 2019

Boehringer Ingelheim signed a deal to buy out a small, private immuno-oncology player this morning, and AbbVie’s been at it, too, inking a deal to snap up Mavupharma. The company is a little-known, Seattle-based outfit working on STING, a relatively new and typically trendy target for some bio...

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J and J gears up for a clinical test of HIV vaccine efficacy J AND J GEARS UP FOR A CLINICAL TEST OF HIV VACCINE EFFICACY

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Jul 15, 2019

Johnson and Johnson is gearing up to test a HIV vaccine in a 3,800 person clinical trial. The preparations follow animal studies that showed the vaccine offered better protection than earlier attempts to confer immunity to the virus. Efforts to develop HIV vaccines began in the early years of the HI...

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The Arctic Apple- Genetically Modified for your Enjoyment THE ARCTIC APPLE- GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT

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Jul 12, 2019

Browning contributes to food waste by causing unappealing bruising on perfectly edible apples.  Food waste, especially for fruits and vegetables, is a major problem worldwide. Nearly half of the produce that is grown in the United States is thrown away, and the UK supermarket Tesco estimates th...

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Synthetic Stem Cells Market Will Grow Over USD 42 million by 2025 SYNTHETIC STEM CELLS MARKET WILL GROW OVER USD 42 MILLION BY 2025

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Jul 12, 2019

The synthetic stem cells are very fragile and need careful storage, typing, and characterization before use. The synthetic stem cells operate in a very similar way to that of deactivated vaccines. The membranes of the synthetic stem cells let them bypass the immune response. Nevertheless, synthetic ...

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Fighting Cancer with Next-Gen Cell Engineering FIGHTING CANCER WITH NEXT-GEN CELL ENGINEERING

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Jul 11, 2019

Researchers continue to make progress with cancer immunotherapy, a type of treatment that harnesses the bodys own immune cells to attack cancer. But Kole Roybal wants to help move the field further ahead by engineering patients’ immune cells to detect an even broader range of cancers and then ...

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Space moss, stem cells and more are on their way to the ISS SPACE MOSS, STEM CELLS AND MORE ARE ON THEIR WAY TO THE ISS

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Jul 10, 2019

The International Space Station is such a unique and important test bed that practically every spacecraft that docks with it carries new experiments for the crew to run. This month’s mission is no different, bringing biological tests that could be important for long-distance space travel ...

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How to Produce & Regulate Lab-Grown Meat HOW TO PRODUCE & REGULATE LAB-GROWN MEAT

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Jul 09, 2019

There’s a revolution underway in the science and production of meat. Imagine a future where beef, poultry, and pork are no longer grown on farms and ranches, but cultivated in bioreactors. Multinational food players, such as Cargill and Tyson, and business tycoons, like Bill Gates and Richard ...

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SynbiTECH unplugged: an interview with Professors Kitney and Freemont SYNBITECH UNPLUGGED: AN INTERVIEW WITH PROFESSORS KITNEY AND FREEMONT

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Jul 08, 2019

Professor Richard Kitney is co-Director of the UK National Industrial Translation Centre for Synthetic Biology (SynbiCITE) and co-Founder and co-Director of the EPSRC National Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation (CSynBI). He is Professor of BioMedical Systems Engineering at Imperial College ...

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Why Sales Leaders Need to Digitally Transform Their Teams WHY SALES LEADERS NEED TO DIGITALLY TRANSFORM THEIR TEAMS

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Jul 08, 2019

Three key trends are driving the need for sales leaders to digitally transform their organizations. First, b-to-b buyers are conducting more of their purchase journey in the digital arena and demanding the same kind of frictionless and seamless customer experience they enjoy as consumers. Second, th...

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The Most Important Metric for Sales Leaders in Subscription Businesses to Track and Use to Drive Revenue Growth THE MOST IMPORTANT METRIC FOR SALES LEADERS IN SUBSCRIPTION BUSINESSES TO TRACK AND USE TO DRIVE REVENUE GROWTH

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Jul 08, 2019

Subscription businesses that charge customers monthly for using their offerings are expanding rapidly in response to consumers’ and b-to-b buyers’ desire to try a product and walk away easily if they’re not achieving the expected value. However, the subscription-based business mode...

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Drones Land in the Cell and Gene Therapy Space DRONES LAND IN THE CELL AND GENE THERAPY SPACE

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Jul 05, 2019

Cell and gene therapies could be flying high soon, joining the medical supplies, whole blood products, and even organs being transported by drones. In collaboration with RPS Aerospace, the Italy-based biotech company Anemocyte developed a remotely piloted drone system to securely transport final cel...

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Evolution of CAR-T Cell Therapy and Future Directions EVOLUTION OF CAR-T CELL THERAPY AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS

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Jul 05, 2019

James Heath, PhD., is president and professor at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. He also has the position of Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at UCLA, and he has directed the NCI-funded NSB Cancer Center since 2005. The Heath group works on translating P4 medicine from b...

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Spinach supplement may increase muscle strength SPINACH SUPPLEMENT MAY INCREASE MUSCLE STRENGTH

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Jul 05, 2019

New research has examined the potential of spinach extract as an enhancer of athletic performance. The active compound in spinach extract significantly improves muscle strength, leading the study authors to recommend banning the supplement in sports. Rich in calcium, magnesium, and iron, some people...

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Bioventix (BVXP) BIOVENTIX (BVXP)

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Jul 05, 2019

A stock that I have been following for a while now is growth AIM small-cap stock Bioventix, who specialise in sheep antibodies and currently have a market cap of £191 million. The shares currently trade at over £38, which appears expensive at first glance. However, the company has perfor...

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IMViC tests IMVIC TESTS

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Jul 05, 2019

The Enterobacteriaceae is a family of non-spore-forming Gram-negative bacilli. They are widely distributed in soil, water and plants. The bacteria belonging to this family are normally present in the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals and are among the most significant pathogens. The famil...

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5 Special Considerations for Live Cell Imaging 5 SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR LIVE CELL IMAGING

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Jul 04, 2019

Live cell imaging is advantageous for research were you may be worried about artifacts of fixation or when you want to measure a phenomenon over time. Live cell imaging is more difficult to achieve than fixed samples because we need to keep the cells live AND happy along with obtaining the images we...

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Beaver Feces Inspire a Way to Convert Type A to Type O Human Blood BEAVER FECES INSPIRE A WAY TO CONVERT TYPE A TO TYPE O HUMAN BLOOD

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Jul 04, 2019

Summarize the findings of an interesting new paper, enabling busy health care professionals to stay on top of the literature. I knew immediately the importance of an assignment from a few weeks ago – a team from the University of British Columbia had found a way to convert type A blood to type...

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Adult Stem Cells Could Pave the Way for New Type 1 Diabetes Treatment ADULT STEM CELLS COULD PAVE THE WAY FOR NEW TYPE 1 DIABETES TREATMENT

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Jul 04, 2019

Stem cells provided by young embryos could be coaxed into becoming a diversified range of specialized cells to regenerate and repair various body parts. Therapies based upon these stem cells have for a long while been considered for treating diabetes, but have been kept back by ethical and medical p...

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Programming bacteria to fight cancer PROGRAMMING BACTERIA TO FIGHT CANCER

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Jul 04, 2019

The ability to program living cells to behave in specific ways under certain conditions is creating new opportunities in medicine. A recent mouse study in which researchers programmed bacteria to help fight cancer is an example. Some tumors thrive and spread because their cells send out a "don&...

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How a unique gene mutation may drive autism HOW A UNIQUE GENE MUTATION MAY DRIVE AUTISM

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Jul 04, 2019

Which factors drive autism? This is a question to which researchers still have no answer. Now, a new study conducted in mice and assessing data from humans suggests that a unique genetic mutation may play a key role in early brain development, contributing to autism.

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Is fungal or animal protein better for building muscle? IS FUNGAL OR ANIMAL PROTEIN BETTER FOR BUILDING MUSCLE?

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Jul 04, 2019

As more and more people are turning away from meat in favor of plant-based and meat replacement products, scientists are asking more questions about how protein sources differ from one another. New research looks at whether animal or fungus-derived protein is better for building muscle mass.

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Six reasons why customer service is make-or-break for your lab instruments business SIX REASONS WHY CUSTOMER SERVICE IS MAKE-OR-BREAK FOR YOUR LAB INSTRUMENTS BUSINESS

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Jul 04, 2019

Customer service has become a crucial battleground for all types of industries, including life science, medical diagnostics and pharma. A study by NewVoiceMedia1 revealed that customer service plays a significant part in overall customer experience, which is costing companies more than $75 billion a...

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Pumping up genomics: how to engineer better NGS sample prep systems PUMPING UP GENOMICS: HOW TO ENGINEER BETTER NGS SAMPLE PREP SYSTEMS

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Jul 04, 2019

With high-throughput genomics impacting every corner of biology, the demand for more efficient Next-generation sequencing (NGS) workflows is growing rapidly. Automating the process of NGS sample preparation is crucial to avoid inaccuracies due to human error, bottlenecks that delay sequencing result...

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Live cell imaging: how to gain more control LIVE CELL IMAGING: HOW TO GAIN MORE CONTROL

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Jul 04, 2019

Live cell imaging is one of the most important techniques in the life sciences today. But behind every great imaging assay, pity the poor scientist grappling with the demands of biological variability and complex kinetic cell assays. Live cell experiments are often synonymous with unsociable working...

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A 3-point check to simplify liquid handling syringe pump maintenance A 3-POINT CHECK TO SIMPLIFY LIQUID HANDLING SYRINGE PUMP MAINTENANCE

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Jul 04, 2019

The syringe pump is the workhorse of any automated liquid handling instrument. A single syringe pump may complete one cycle every second, and as many as 4 million cycles in its lifetime. Keeping your pump syringes and components in top condition will allow them to run smoothly and deliver their best...

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How computer science can improve learning in biology HOW COMPUTER SCIENCE CAN IMPROVE LEARNING IN BIOLOGY

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Jul 03, 2019

As digital technologies transform the world we live in, from the internet of things, artificial intelligence, and robotics to biotechnology, computer science fluency is now a fundamental skill for the next generation. In fact coding has become so critical that experts argue it could potentially beco...

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An Integrated Digital Vision for Biomanufacturing’s Future AN INTEGRATED DIGITAL VISION FOR BIOMANUFACTURING’S FUTURE

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Jul 03, 2019

The pharmaceutical market is changing rapidly thanks to the success of biologics and other cell and gene therapies. By 2016, biologics accounted for six of the top eight drugs by revenue, according to a study by Mordor Intelligence. The FDA, meanwhile, expects to be approving 10–20 new gene an...

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The Polyfunctional Strength Index: From Concept to Solution THE POLYFUNCTIONAL STRENGTH INDEX: FROM CONCEPT TO SOLUTION

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Jul 03, 2019

The success of cell-based immunotherapies is transforming precision medicine, even though the full clinical potential of these therapies has yet to be exploited. Cell therapies are highly complex, heterogeneous, edited living drugs making their behaviour tricky to characterize, predict and optimize....

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Biotech to Celebrate America And Save the Planet BIOTECH TO CELEBRATE AMERICA AND SAVE THE PLANET

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Jul 03, 2019

This week, Americans across the country are hitting the road, securing their sparklers and lighting the grill to celebrate our nation’s 243rd birthday. Many Americans don’t know, however, that biotechnology will play a significant role in ensuring we can continue to celebrate the country...

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Making Mini-Brains from Stem Cells MAKING MINI-BRAINS FROM STEM CELLS

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Jul 02, 2019

The progress scientists have made in developing brain organoids from stem cells. They use human embryonic stem cells to culture neurons  brain cells. Just by culturing individual neurons together, they spontaneously formed networks and some three-dimensional tissue structure, forming into layer...

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Don’t Buy the Song and Dance on Stem Cell Storage in the U.S. DON’T BUY THE SONG AND DANCE ON STEM CELL STORAGE IN THE U.S.

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Jul 02, 2019

Fat and bone marrow both contain mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). These can be concentrated using both tissues through various lab processes. The process to isolate those cells from fat is illegal in the US without FDA approval. The process to isolate cells from bone marrow and use them in the same su...

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7 WAYS TO PROMOTE STEM CELL PROLIFERATION 7 WAYS TO PROMOTE STEM CELL PROLIFERATION

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Jul 02, 2019

A stem cell must self-renew and be unspecialized, as well as be capable of dividing many times in the undifferentiated state. Stem cells are located throughout the body; however, they multiply more readily in the bone marrow (mesenchymal stem cells), brain (neural stem cells) and gut (intestinal muc...

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CRISPR and LASER ART Eliminate HIV from Mice CRISPR AND LASER ART ELIMINATE HIV FROM MICE

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Jul 02, 2019

A cure for HIV has been one of the biggest challenges facing the scientific and medical communities for decades. The virus has managed to successfully evade almost every technique that has been thrown up against it. Not only can HIV mutate frequently—making new variants quickly and constantly,...

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A Bulwark against Trump A BULWARK AGAINST TRUMP'S STEM CELL BAN

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Jul 02, 2019

My commute begins each morning when I get on the N-line MUNI, one of San Franciscos oldest remaining streetcar lines that winds its way through the city's sleepy Outer Sunset district. A blur of pastel houses, dotted with restaurants, churches and Chinese supermarkets pass by the window until a ...

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It’s Hard To Kill Blood Stem Cells-Now We Know Why IT’S HARD TO KILL BLOOD STEM CELLS-NOW WE KNOW WHY

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Jul 02, 2019

For most of their lives, our hematopoietic stem cells-which produce all of our blood and immune cells-are quiet and inactive. But they also are the toughest cells in the blood system, able to survive exposure to levels of radiation or viral infections that kill most other blood cells.

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Neurotechnology Holds Promise For Chronic Stroke Patients NEUROTECHNOLOGY HOLDS PROMISE FOR CHRONIC STROKE PATIENTS

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Jul 01, 2019

Neurotechnology-based therapies, including brain-machine interfaces, robotics, and brain stimulation among others, will lead to largest treatment effects and success if they are tailored to the needs of individual patients, and used in combination, say the authors from the Wyss Center for Bio and Ne...

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CRISPR-Accelerated Gene Drives Pump the Brakes CRISPR-ACCELERATED GENE DRIVES PUMP THE BRAKES

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Jul 01, 2019

When a mosquito bite threatens to transmit infection, induce disease, or even contribute to early death, as it often does in malaria-endemic areas of the world, prevention efforts are a critical public health measure. In the last decade, prevention efforts have incorporated innovations such as bette...

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Setting New Standards for CRO/CDMO Industry SETTING NEW STANDARDS FOR CRO/CDMO INDUSTRY

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Jul 01, 2019

Traditionally, U.S. life sciences contract organizations have focused on either research (CRO) or development and manufacturing (CDMO). Founded in 2009, LakePharma is defying tradition and has evolved into the first U.S.-based, full-scale CRDMO to provide an integrated suite of end-to-end services f...

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Aussies Tackle Antibiotic Resistance AUSSIES TACKLE ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

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Jun 29, 2019

Antibiotic resistance occurs through the misuse or overuse of antibiotics in humans or animals. The World Health Organization (WHO) explains that it’s the bacteria that become antibiotic-resistant and not the humans or animals. This means that when antibiotics are used, they not only kill the ...

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Biotech Stocks Getting Ready To Explode BIOTECH STOCKS GETTING READY TO EXPLODE

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Jun 28, 2019

Biotech shares are up this year, as represented by the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (IBB), which is the industry benchmark, and the S&P Select Biotechnology Index (XBI), after a sharp decline in 2018. This is a welcome respite for biotech investors.

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Technology Allows Researchers To See Patients Real-Time Pain While In The Clinic TECHNOLOGY ALLOWS RESEARCHERS TO SEE PATIENTS REAL-TIME PAIN WHILE IN THE CLINIC

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Jun 28, 2019

The portable CLARAi (clinical augmented reality and artificial intelligence) platform combines visualization with brain data using neuroimaging to navigate through a patient’s brain while they’re in the chair. For this reason, University of Michigan researchers have developed a technolog...

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Researchers Explore Use Of New Materials To Create More Efficient Solar Cells RESEARCHERS EXPLORE USE OF NEW MATERIALS TO CREATE MORE EFFICIENT SOLAR CELLS

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Jun 28, 2019

A team of Florida State University researchers is pioneering innovative ways for solar cells to absorb and use infrared light, a portion of the solar spectrum that is typically unavailable for solar cell technology. Typically, these devices have used metal-organic molecules or semiconductor nanocrys...

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Genetically Engineered Biomaterials: Using Science to Mimic Nature GENETICALLY ENGINEERED BIOMATERIALS: USING SCIENCE TO MIMIC NATURE

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Jun 27, 2019

Biomaterials are naturally occurring materials, derived either from plants or animals. Due to their superior properties, these materials find uses in many industries. Synthetic biologists are constantly researching ways to mimic these materials as well as ways to improve on them. In this article, we...

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A Completely New Way to Picture DNA in Cells A COMPLETELY NEW WAY TO PICTURE DNA IN CELLS

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Jun 27, 2019

Just how are things organized in a living cell? What’s next to what, in three dimensions? That is, of course, a really hard question to answer, but we’re going to have to be able to answer it in a lot of contexts (and at high resolution) if we’re ever going to understand what&rsquo...

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Greenwood: A Critical Medicare Policy Has Been Delayed. Let’s Use This Opportunity to Get It Right. GREENWOOD: A CRITICAL MEDICARE POLICY HAS BEEN DELAYED. LET’S USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GET IT RIGHT.

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Jun 27, 2019

In a piece for Morning Consult, BIO’s Jim Greenwood writes that while CAR-T cell therapies are changing the way we treat patients with some types of cancer, policies being considered in Washington could delay access to care for individuals covered under Medicare. “While CAR-T therapies r...

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Maine Takes Big Step Towards Reducing Carbon Footprint and Creating Green Jobs MAINE TAKES BIG STEP TOWARDS REDUCING CARBON FOOTPRINT AND CREATING GREEN JOBS

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Jun 26, 2019

In case you missed it, the Maine State Senate last week unanimously passed legislation that will help foster the production of environmentally-friendly innovations like plant-based plastics, renewable chemicals, and biofuels as well as speed up Maine’s transformation to a 21st-century, bio-bas...

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A Sustainable Movement to Curb Cancer in Africa A SUSTAINABLE MOVEMENT TO CURB CANCER IN AFRICA

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Jun 26, 2019

In just two years, BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) has made significant progress in responding to the growing cancer crisis in Africa. Through their African Access Initiative (AAI), this nimble, Seattle-based non-profit has established partnerships with industry giants, Pfizer and Takeda Pharm...

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FDA Issues Warnings to Companies Illegally Selling Drugs Containing Kratom FDA ISSUES WARNINGS TO COMPANIES ILLEGALLY SELLING DRUGS CONTAINING KRATOM

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Jun 26, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to two companies for illegally selling unapproved drug products that contain kratom, an herbal extract that has not been approved for use in the U.S. The companies, Cali Botanicals of Folsom, Calif. and Kratom NC of Wilmington, N.C.,...

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Are Contract Research Organizations the Place for Your Life Science Career? ARE CONTRACT RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS THE PLACE FOR YOUR LIFE SCIENCE CAREER?

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Jun 26, 2019

Contract research organizations (CROs) or contract research management organizations (CRMOs) may not seem as appealing as working in R&D for a big pharma company or being in on the ground floor of a biotech startup, but it can have a lot of advantages—including plenty of career opportuniti...

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Uganda creates simple biosciences vocabulary to aid science communication UGANDA CREATES SIMPLE BIOSCIENCES VOCABULARY TO AID SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

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Jun 26, 2019

Uganda’s National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) has created a vocabulary of simplified scientific terms to improve communication about the biosciences. Working under the auspices of the Uganda Bioscience Information Center (UBIC), a NARO information hub of scientists and science jo...

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How Blockchain Companies are Helping us Protect our Genomic Data HOW BLOCKCHAIN COMPANIES ARE HELPING US PROTECT OUR GENOMIC DATA

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Jun 26, 2019

Using genomic data and the blockchain network it is now possible to send anonymous genetic information around the world in the blink of an eye. Meet the companies that have sprung up over the last couple of years that want to help us protect and control our own genetic data. As the cost of sequencin...

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The Bio-Based Economy: What’s Holding It Back? THE BIO-BASED ECONOMY: WHAT’S HOLDING IT BACK?

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Jun 25, 2019

Although pollution and climate change are ever increasing problems, breaking society’s addiction to fossil fuels is a daunting task. What are the main obstacles holding European biotechs back from building a more sustainable economy and how can we resolve them? Modern society’s dependenc...

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2019 IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Conference Gets Underwhelmingly Underway 2019 IUFRO TREE BIOTECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE GETS UNDERWHELMINGLY UNDERWAY

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Jun 24, 2019

The opening of the 2019 IUFRO Tree Biotechnology conference was a bizzare mix.  It was part plea for help, part slick advertising campaign, part comedy routine and part old home reminiscing. The evening was emceed by a very nervous Ross Whetten, a Professor in the NCSU Department of Forestry an...

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How to Optimize Your Conversion Funnel, from ToFu to BoFu HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR CONVERSION FUNNEL, FROM TOFU TO BOFU

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Jun 24, 2019

No matter who your customer is or what you’re selling, it’s more likely than not that your customer will have to go through several steps before choosing to buy your product or service. Think about your own shopping habits: you don’t just buy the first thing you see. The first thin...

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21 Ways to Triple Your B2B E-Commerce Conversions 21 WAYS TO TRIPLE YOUR B2B E-COMMERCE CONVERSIONS

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Jun 24, 2019

It takes thoughtful work to scale an e-commerce store. I’m sure you’ve had a few growing pains of your own getting to the point where you are today. However, you’re reading this because you may not be content with where your conversions are at this precise moment. You may not even ...

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Could the Breadcrumb Technique Help Boost Your Landing Page Conversions? COULD THE BREADCRUMB TECHNIQUE HELP BOOST YOUR LANDING PAGE CONVERSIONS?

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Jun 24, 2019

We’ve all heard the term “less is more”. And we’ve been told this applies for landing pages too. I.e. your forms should be short and only ask for only the bare minimum of required information if you want to convert. As an example, one of the main questions someone typically h...

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Mesoblast’s Mesenchymal Precursor Cell (MPC) Therapy Receives Orphan Drug Designation MESOBLAST’S MESENCHYMAL PRECURSOR CELL (MPC) THERAPY RECEIVES ORPHAN DRUG DESIGNATION

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Jun 24, 2019

Mesoblast (ASX:MSB; Nasdaq: MESO) announced that the U.S. FDA granted the company’s product candidate, Revascor, Orphan Drug Designation for prevention of gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with left ventricular assist devices.

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27-year-old Search Marketing CEO Lands 13-stop U.S. Speaking Tour 27-YEAR-OLD SEARCH MARKETING CEO LANDS 13-STOP U.S. SPEAKING TOUR

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Jun 23, 2019

Digital Summit, the largest conference series in the digital marketing industry, has invited Mehrguth to share his unique presentation, 5 Data-Validated Tactics to Increase the Experienced Marketer’s Qualified Lead Volume (…and 3 Tactics Guaranteed to Fail) with their audiences across t...

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Do schistosomes practice the art of host-manipulation? DO SCHISTOSOMES PRACTICE THE ART OF HOST-MANIPULATION?

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Jun 21, 2019

Do schistosomes manipulate snails? A recent study looks at the altered phototropic behaviour of infected snails and how this may be a deliberate strategy from the schistosomes themselves. Parasites manipulating host behaviour is not a new story. There are lots of examples of parasites and parasitoid...

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How Biostimulants Can Improve Quality in Ornamentals HOW BIOSTIMULANTS CAN IMPROVE QUALITY IN ORNAMENTALS

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Jun 21, 2019

Chances are you’ve heard of biostimulants. This relatively new category of products has gotten a lot of attention from outdoor fruit and vegetable growers, but adoption in the greenhouse has been limited to this point. Here’s a look at how these products might fit in your greenhouse orna...

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Plant-based Biologics Is Expected To Be The Next Major Commercial Development In The Field Of Biotechnology PLANT-BASED BIOLOGICS IS EXPECTED TO BE THE NEXT MAJOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIELD OF BIOTECHNOLOGY

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Jun 21, 2019

Rising demand for human biologics cannot be fulfilled by currently used mammalian cell culture production platforms, as these platforms are highly expensive and have limited scalability. However, recent developments in plant expression vectors, downstream processing, and glycoengineering have establ...

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Seralini a no-show at Kenya agroecology conference SERALINI A NO-SHOW AT KENYA AGROECOLOGY CONFERENCE

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Jun 21, 2019

Prof. Gilles-Éric Séralini, whose since-discredited research contributed to Kenya’s 2012 decision to ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs), failed to attend an international agroecology conference in Nairobi this week to share his work. The French scientist, whose sensational...

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Ghana considers new rules to enhance its GMO regime GHANA CONSIDERS NEW RULES TO ENHANCE ITS GMO REGIME

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Jun 20, 2019

Ghana’s parliament is considering new regulations that will help facilitate its safe adoption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The rules, which would ensure the safety of GMO foods and further refine regulatory procedures, received the endorsement of renowned physician Dr. Kwabena Fri...

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WHAT IS THE MS/MBA BIOTECHNOLOGY WHAT IS THE MS/MBA BIOTECHNOLOGY

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Jun 20, 2019

The advances in biotechnology over the past decade have been astounding. These new innovations have led to new therapeutics that will involve social, business, and political implications. Currently, there really isn’t a systematic way to train leaders in this field. Furthermore, these advances...

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Undocumented biodiversity of marine Oomycota is found in the Arctic UNDOCUMENTED BIODIVERSITY OF MARINE OOMYCOTA IS FOUND IN THE ARCTIC

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Jun 20, 2019

Oomycota are fungal-like organisms and notorious parasites of fish, crops, and algae. A new study published in IMA Fungus analyzed samples across the Arctic and found Oomycota sequences that comprised completely unknown branches of life. As the Arctic continues to warm, Oomycota might migrate into t...

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Fear of biotechnology threatens efforts to save Brazil’s pinto beans FEAR OF BIOTECHNOLOGY THREATENS EFFORTS TO SAVE BRAZIL’S PINTO BEANS

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Jun 20, 2019

The combination of rice and beans is the trademark of Brazilian cuisine, with the carioca type of brown beans accounting for 70 percent of the consumption of these legumes in the country.  It is a typical Brazilian staple: there is no import of carioca beans – only black beans are importe...

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How To Choose The Correct Antibody For Accurate Flow Cytometry Results HOW TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT ANTIBODY FOR ACCURATE FLOW CYTOMETRY RESULTS

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Jun 20, 2019

Next to the flow cytometer itself, the most important component of a flow cytometry experiment comes down to the antibodies. It is by using antibodies conjugated to fluorescent markers that we are able to identify our specific cells of interest and quantitate the amount of our target on the cell. Wh...

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Top 10 gene therapy companies in 2019 TOP 10 GENE THERAPY COMPANIES IN 2019

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Jun 19, 2019

Gene therapy is one of the most cutting-edge medical technologies in 2019. Instead of tried and tested treatments like drugs or surgery, gene therapy, also known as genetic modification or gene editing, inserts sections of DNA into a patient’s cells to correct damaged or abnormal genes. Tackli...

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The Top 20 Industrial Biotechnology Companies in Europe THE TOP 20 INDUSTRIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY COMPANIES IN EUROPE

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Jun 19, 2019

Europe’s industrial biotechnology sector is driving a massive change from petrochemical processes to more sustainable alternatives. Here are the top industrial biotechnology companies in Europe making every industry greener. Industrial biotechnology draws from biology and the billions of years...

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Comet Therapeutics Earns $28.5 Million Series A with Sight Set on Metabolic Diseases COMET THERAPEUTICS EARNS $28.5 MILLION SERIES A WITH SIGHT SET ON METABOLIC DISEASES

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Jun 19, 2019

With $28.5 million in financing, Cambridge, Mass.-based Comet Therapeutics is emerging from stealth mode with a focus on developing a portfolio of drug candidates that centers around efforts to re-engineer CoEnzyme-A (CoA). Comet’s CoA platform has numerous potential applications including met...

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Kymera Therapeutics to Present New Preclinical Data for its First-In-Class Oral IRAK4 Degrader in MYD88 KYMERA THERAPEUTICS TO PRESENT NEW PRECLINICAL DATA FOR ITS FIRST-IN-CLASS ORAL IRAK4 DEGRADER IN MYD88

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Jun 19, 2019

Kymera Therapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company pioneering targeted protein degradation to create breakthrough medicines for patients, will present new preclinical data demonstrating its first-in-class oral IRAK4 protein degraders cause tumor regression in MYD88-mutant B cell lymphoma. Data will b...

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Entrada Therapeutics Appoints John F. Crowley to Board of Directors ENTRADA THERAPEUTICS APPOINTS JOHN F. CROWLEY TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Jun 19, 2019

Entrada Therapeutics, a biotechnology company dedicated to transforming the treatment of devastating diseases through the intracellular delivery of biologics, today announced the appointment of John F. Crowley as an independent board member to the Company's Board of Directors.

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How Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies Can Balance Cybersecurity With Efficient Data Sharing HOW PHARMACEUTICAL AND BIOTECHNOLOGY COMPANIES CAN BALANCE CYBERSECURITY WITH EFFICIENT DATA SHARING

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Jun 19, 2019

Pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations bear the brunt of intellectual property theft, with the sector the number one target for cybercriminals, according to a study published by Deloitte. Recent headlines demonstrate that even the biggest names in the industry are not immune from the devasta...

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New Executive Order to fast track agricultural technology applications NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER TO FAST TRACK AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS

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Jun 18, 2019

The reaction was somewhat muted to the new “regulatory framework” for agricultural biotechnology products announced last week by the White House and USDA. The big agriculture organizations and biotech industry did, of course, quickly praise President Trump’s new executive order.&nb...

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4 Things You Probably Don’t Know About GMOs, But Definitely Should 4 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT GMOS, BUT DEFINITELY SHOULD

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Jun 18, 2019

Last week, GMO Answers had a booth at Nutrition 2019, the annual scientific meeting of the American Society for Nutrition. We had a lot of great conversations with registered dietitians, academics, food scientists, and others interested in food and nutrition. Our booth has a banner that states, &ldq...

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ADC Trigger Selective Cancer Cell Death ADC TRIGGER SELECTIVE CANCER CELL DEATH

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Jun 17, 2019

Chemotherapy has been used to treat cancer for almost 80 years now[1] and its side effects are well known and documented. One of the main limitations associated with standard chemotherapy is the unspecific killing of healthy cells (e.g. rapidly dividing cells in the bone marrow) which is associated ...

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Stem Cell Treatments For Lungs STEM CELL TREATMENTS FOR LUNGS

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Jun 15, 2019

Lung diseases can be debilitating, making both medical leaders and patients interested in exploring stem cell treatments for lungs. Find out what you need to know about stem cell therapy for lungs, including risks, benefits, clinical trial progress and more.

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Bluebird Bio Presents More Data on its $1.8 Million Gene Therapy Zynteglo BLUEBIRD BIO PRESENTS MORE DATA ON ITS $1.8 MILLION GENE THERAPY ZYNTEGLO

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Jun 14, 2019

Bluebird bio released updated results from three clinical trials of its LentiGlobin gene therapy for transfusion-dependent Beta-thalassemia (TDT) at the 24thEuropean Hematology Association (EHA) Congress being held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. On June 3, the European Commission (EC) granted bluebi...

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This Biotech Reduces Drug Side Effects Using Silica Gel Implants THIS BIOTECH REDUCES DRUG SIDE EFFECTS USING SILICA GEL IMPLANTS

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Jun 14, 2019

DelSiTech is a Finnish company developing injectable silica gel implants that release drugs slowly over time, causing fewer side effects and helping patients stick to their treatment regimen. One big problem in chronic disease such as HIV infection is that patients often fail to take daily medicatio...

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French Biotech Raises €20M to Prevent Hearing Loss FRENCH BIOTECH RAISES €20M TO PREVENT HEARING LOSS

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Jun 14, 2019

The hearing loss biotech Sensorion has issued bonds to raise €20M, which it will use to fund the phase II development for first-in-class drugs treating hearing loss and severe vertigo. The money will pay for phase II trials of Sensorion’s two most advanced treatments, which are small mole...

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United Airlines Utilizes Biotechnology for Most Eco-Friendly Commercial Flight of its Kind UNITED AIRLINES UTILIZES BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR MOST ECO-FRIENDLY COMMERCIAL FLIGHT OF ITS KIND

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Jun 14, 2019

Last week on World Environment Day, United Airlines’ made history with the most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind in the history of aviation. And to achieve this goal, the flight utilized biotechnology. The flight, deemed “Flight for the Planet,” traveled from Chicago O&rs...

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AI Helps Unravel Mystery of Neurological Disorders AI HELPS UNRAVEL MYSTERY OF NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

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Jun 13, 2019

Neurological disorders are estimated to affect up to 1 billion people around the world—including nearly 100 million Americans—with roughly 7 million people dying of the maladies every year worldwide. The vast spectrum of more than 600 neurological disorders includes Alzheimer’s, Pa...

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Genotyping Tools Informing Pharmacogenomics GENOTYPING TOOLS INFORMING PHARMACOGENOMICS

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Jun 13, 2019

Understanding how a persons genetic makeup impacts their response to drugs, or pharmacogenomics, is just getting started. As genotyping gets less expensive, more information will be available on patients’ genes, and clinicians can use this to select the best treatments. Still, it’s not i...

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Executive Order on Agricultural Biotechnology Is an Important Step Forward EXECUTIVE ORDER ON AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY IS AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD

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Jun 12, 2019

During his June 11th visit to Iowa, President Donald Trump pledged to boost the ethanol industry and protect farmers. Specifically, the president lifted a summertime ban on E15 gasoline blends and then signed an executive order to streamline the process for approving products of agricultural biotech...

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The Naked Scientist at #BIO2019 THE NAKED SCIENTIST AT #BIO2019

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Jun 11, 2019

Amidst all the hustle and bustle at BIO, amongst the standing room only packed crowds in the Super Sessions, and the illustrious Fireside Chats, you might have caught a glimpse of the man who calls himself The Naked Scientist.

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Flow Cytometry vs Cell Sorting FLOW CYTOMETRY VS CELL SORTING

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Jun 11, 2019

Flow cytometry and cell sorting are two distinct yet complementary techniques. Both rely on antibodies to detect specific cells within a heterogeneous population, but while flow cytometry measures the proportion of each cell type, cell sorting does more. Based on the cytometry measurements, cell sor...

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Act now on CRISPR babies ACT NOW ON CRISPR BABIES

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Jun 11, 2019

A researcher steps forward and says he has plans to edit the genes of babies. He wants to alter a gene called CCR5 to protect children from HIV. He seems to have the skills, tools and position to do so — and he starts to tell other scientists about his plans.

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Transposon Day Quiz: 2019 TRANSPOSON DAY QUIZ: 2019

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Jun 10, 2019

This second Transposon Day, put your TE knowledge to the test with our quiz featuring common plants, insects, animals and some unique phenotypes resulting from transposon or retrotransposon insertions. Think you already know them all? Take the quiz and find out if you’re TErrifically knowledge...

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The USA lags behind other large agricultural economies in banning harmful pesticides THE USA LAGS BEHIND OTHER LARGE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIES IN BANNING HARMFUL PESTICIDES

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Jun 07, 2019

50 years ago the USA led the way in regulating pesticides, but research published today in Environmental Health finds that the country is still using many pesticides that are either banned or being phased out in the EU, China and Brazil. In this blog Nathan Donley, author of the research, tells us a...

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Research Roundup: Heart Disease Mutations, Depression and Huntington’s and More RESEARCH ROUNDUP: HEART DISEASE MUTATIONS, DEPRESSION AND HUNTINGTON’S AND MORE

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Jun 07, 2019

Researchers with the Gladstone Institutes and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have identified three genetic variations within a family that combined cause heart disease in several siblings at a very young age. The researchers first encountered the family when Deepak Srivastava, a card...

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What’s driving China’s impressive level of biotech innovation? WHAT’S DRIVING CHINA’S IMPRESSIVE LEVEL OF BIOTECH INNOVATION?

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Jun 06, 2019

Wei (William) Cao from Gracell Biotechnologies Group, Ming Wang of Phanes Therapeutics, Zheng Wei from Connect Biopharma and Dajun Yang of Ascentage Pharma generously shared their expert views on the drivers for innovative therapeutics development in China.

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Why Scientists Are Researching How to Manipulate Memory WHY SCIENTISTS ARE RESEARCHING HOW TO MANIPULATE MEMORY

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Jun 06, 2019

The subject of memory has been a popular topic of both discussion and research for thousands of years, with a mountain of literature already written about it. This should come as no surprise considering the fact that memory is an integral part of being human. Without memory, we have no lasting conce...

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Sizable Layoffs Hit Four Life Science Companies SIZABLE LAYOFFS HIT FOUR LIFE SCIENCE COMPANIES

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Jun 06, 2019

Mid-year doldrums are hitting as multiple pharmaceutical and biotech companies have initiated layoffs across the United States. Last week, beleaguered Merrimack Pharmaceuticals announced it intended to lay off its entire staff, including its executive leadership, as the company is biding its time to...

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4 Key Considerations for Designing Immuno-Oncology Trials 4 KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR DESIGNING IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY TRIALS

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Jun 06, 2019

Over the last decade, immuno-oncology agents have been stealing the cancer therapeutic spotlight. About 940 clinical stage agents have been identified for more than 270 different targets, and at least 12 new immuno-oncology agents have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Toda...

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Biotechnology for a bio-based economy BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR A BIO-BASED ECONOMY

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Jun 05, 2019

On World Environment Day, we look at what biotechnology can do to help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and move towards a bio-based economy. Today is UN World Environment Day, a day for global citizens to increase awareness of and take action on the environmental issues facing us all. The 2019 t...

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Trump administration halts fetal-tissue research by government scientists TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HALTS FETAL-TISSUE RESEARCH BY GOVERNMENT SCIENTISTS

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Jun 05, 2019

US President Donald Trump’s administration is ending fetal-tissue research by government scientists and placing restrictions on academic researchers seeking grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for studies involving fetal tissue.

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World Environment Day 2019 quiz WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2019 QUIZ

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Jun 04, 2019

Set up by the United Nations, World Environment Day aims to raise international awareness of environmental issues and encourage action to protect our world and environment. The theme for this year’s day is ‘Air Pollution’ with China acting as the host country for the official celeb...

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It Starts With One: Christopher Marshall and Biotechnology in Early Philadelphia IT STARTS WITH ONE: CHRISTOPHER MARSHALL AND BIOTECHNOLOGY IN EARLY PHILADELPHIA

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Jun 03, 2019

Christopher Marshall was a busy man.
Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1709, Marshall studied in England before settling in America in the late 1720s.  (Going to America was against his parents’ express wishes, so its clear Marshall had an independent streak.)  By 1729 he had establi...

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Trap-And-Release Accelerates Study Of Swimming Ciliated Cells TRAP-AND-RELEASE ACCELERATES STUDY OF SWIMMING CILIATED CELLS

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Jun 03, 2019

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have been studying cilia for years to determine how their dysfunction leads to infertility and other conditions associated with cilia-related diseases. Now, they will be able to perform these studies more rapidly through a new method that uses sound ...

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Aegros Facility Launched in Jerusalem AEGROS FACILITY LAUNCHED IN JERUSALEM

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Jun 02, 2019

In recent news, an Australian biotechnology company, Aegros, launched their newest facility in Jerusalem last month and will begin work in the facility in May 2019.  Aegros is a Biomed company that provides therapeutic plasma products. Aegros signed a lease for a 9,000m2 Fractionation Facility ...

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Collaborative Research Initiative to Advance Innovation in Oncology COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH INITIATIVE TO ADVANCE INNOVATION IN ONCOLOGY

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May 31, 2019

Collaboration is core to our science and evident in everything we do – from the papers we publish, to the operational tone in our labs, to the partnerships we establish across industry and academia worldwide. And starting in 2019, AstraZeneca is doubling down on its commitment to collaboration...

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Biotech innovation on display at ChinaBio 2019 BIOTECH INNOVATION ON DISPLAY AT CHINABIO 2019

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May 29, 2019

The high level of biotech innovation being produced by Chinese companies today was amply demonstrated at the recent ChinaBio Partnering Forum in Shanghai. The event attracts the country’s most innovative life sciences businesses, and I was delighted to join some of them when I moderated a pane...

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What is a Biomedical Device? WHAT IS A BIOMEDICAL DEVICE?

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May 28, 2019

Medical devices are rapidly advancing from traditional hardware-based systems to include, or be, biological materials. In many cases these biomaterials are derived from an individuals's own cells. To recognize the convergence of bio-engineering and medical devices the term biomedical device is u...

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Danger Signs on Cancer Diagnostics You Should Know DANGER SIGNS ON CANCER DIAGNOSTICS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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May 24, 2019

Cancer always is a complicated question, and there are not any simple answers thus far. The sooner you catch cancer the more curable it is, but today the only method to receive tested is to visit the doctor, and several people don’t have enough time or money to go. By stage IV, the cancer has ...

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Enemy or Valuable Ally? How Biotechs are Using Viruses for Good ENEMY OR VALUABLE ALLY? HOW BIOTECHS ARE USING VIRUSES FOR GOOD

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May 24, 2019

Taking advantage of the viral world’s expertise in manipulating life is opening new doors for the biotech industry. Once only seen as our enemies, viruses are fast becoming some of our most valuable allies.Viruses may not have the best public image, but to biotechnologists, there’s a lot...

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The fascination of plant genomes THE FASCINATION OF PLANT GENOMES

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May 20, 2019

At Genome Biology we are as fascinated with plants as the next botanist and over the last couple of months we've seen some excellent plant research publish in the journal. Here, Senior Editor Andrew Cosgrove highlights a few of his favorites.

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Biotech Startups And The Hard Truth Of Innovation BIOTECH STARTUPS AND THE HARD TRUTH OF INNOVATION

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May 20, 2019

Gary Pisanos recent Harvard Business Review piece, The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures, beautifully frames up how innovative corporate environments are frequently misunderstood. Innovative startups arent just about being cool and nimble, having beer taps in the kitchen, or an endless bounty of ...

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A new era in mosquito-borne disease surveillance A NEW ERA IN MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASE SURVEILLANCE

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May 17, 2019

Krisztian Magori (@BiteOfAMosquito) discusses the newest innovation in arbovirus surveillance, using mosquito excreta to test for mosquito-borne pathogens.

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Data in a snap: Size, age and condition of elephants can be pulled out of photographs DATA IN A SNAP: SIZE, AGE AND CONDITION OF ELEPHANTS CAN BE PULLED OUT OF PHOTOGRAPHS

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May 14, 2019

Photographs taken of wild animals might be more useful data sources than we previously considered. A new study published in Frontiers in Zoology shows that information about age, tusk size and even the sexual state of elephants can be extracted from routinely collected survey photographs, even when ...

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Plant Biologist: Genetics Crucial for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture PLANT BIOLOGIST: GENETICS CRUCIAL FOR FOOD SECURITY AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

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May 14, 2019

Our world faces daunting challenges as the world’s population approaches eight billion people, particularly a looming food crisis. But how can we feed this many mouths while not engaging in unsustainable farming practices that contribute more to climate change? Plant biologist Pamela Donald re...

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They want Bt Brinjal: Ditch the Luddite approach to GM food, instead research and regulate it THEY WANT BT BRINJAL: DITCH THE LUDDITE APPROACH TO GM FOOD, INSTEAD RESEARCH AND REGULATE IT

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May 13, 2019

Tests confirming illegal cultivation of Bt Brinjal in Fatehabad, Haryana must force Indian government out of its stupor. The cultivation of unauthorised, untested genetically modified (GM) food crops is a biohazard and strict action must be taken to deter the spread of these seeds. The cluelessness ...

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Evogene makes Lilliputian plants to test seed traits; moves to cannabis EVOGENE MAKES LILLIPUTIAN PLANTS TO TEST SEED TRAITS; MOVES TO CANNABIS

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May 13, 2019

Cannabis is one of those new markets where everyone and his brother is racing in to make a quick buck. About 500 cannabis-related companies are listed on exchanges in countries like Canada, yet only a handful of those companies are involved in serious biotech endeavors or research. The rest of them,...

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Cell Encapsulation Biotech Raises €7M to Target Cell Therapy Bottlenecks CELL ENCAPSULATION BIOTECH RAISES €7M TO TARGET CELL THERAPY BOTTLENECKS

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May 13, 2019

The French company Treefrog Therapeutics has raised over €7M in Series A investment to develop its encapsulation technology to improve the production of stem cells for cell therapies.

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Why Biotechnology is Necessary? – A Short Overview WHY BIOTECHNOLOGY IS NECESSARY? – A SHORT OVERVIEW

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May 13, 2019

Biotechnology is a cross-cutting technology encountered is wide application across several sectors of development. Biotechnology makes important contributions to the new knowledge-based economy and makes in a variety of disciplines.Challenges are faced by all developing countries is setting up the a...

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How Life Sciences start-ups can secure funding HOW LIFE SCIENCES START-UPS CAN SECURE FUNDING

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May 13, 2019

Bond Digital Health is a software consultancy specializing in digital connectivity (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi & NFC), App development and Cloud data management for innovators in biotechnology and life sciences. As Commercial Director, Phil Groom has had first-hand insight into the growth and development ...

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World Migratory Bird Day Quiz WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY QUIZ

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May 10, 2019

World Migratory Bird Day hopes to increase awareness about the threats birds are facing across the globe. With migratory birds relying on multiple habitats, this makes them even more vulnerable to change, so understanding migration routes is vital in learning where to focus conservation efforts. Tes...

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SYMRISE ACQUIRES ITALIAN BIOTECH COMPANY CUTECH SYMRISE ACQUIRES ITALIAN BIOTECH COMPANY CUTECH

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May 10, 2019

Symrise has signed a contract to acquire the Italian biotech company Cutech. The enterprise offers unique pre-clinical screening services for cosmetic ingredients and finished formulations. Cutech is a research-driven biotech company founded in 2002 specializing in unique pre-clinical screening serv...

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Scientists Who Selfie: Building Public Trust Through Social Media SCIENTISTS WHO SELFIE: BUILDING PUBLIC TRUST THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

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May 10, 2019

There are many ways to communicate science, but few as expedient and direct as social media. But while Twitter and Instagram have given scientists unprecedented, unfiltered reach to new audiences, there has been a desire to understand how scientists who use those platforms are perceived by those aud...

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Scientists of the future at the 30th Fungal Genetics Conference SCIENTISTS OF THE FUTURE AT THE 30TH FUNGAL GENETICS CONFERENCE

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May 09, 2019

Editors of Fungal Biology and Biotechnology recently attended the 30th Fungal Genetics Conference in Pacific Grove, CA, USA. We invited young scientists who presented excellent posters at the conference to tell us more about their research. In this blog, we hear from Hans Mattila, Itai Brand-Thomas,...

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How Can AI Be Used For Clinical Trials? HOW CAN AI BE USED FOR CLINICAL TRIALS?

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May 09, 2019

The continuous innovation of technology is changing the way companies operate across different sectors. In particular, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) are expected to have the most significant impact. In this post, we’ll discuss how big data and AI can be used to support clinical tri...

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Microbes That Nourish Plants Naturally MICROBES THAT NOURISH PLANTS NATURALLY

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May 09, 2019

In a single teaspoon of healthy soil, there are more microbes — tiny organisms that help keep soil nutritious for plants — than there are people on Earth. Although these microbes are just 0.5% of total soil mass, they serve a vital purpose. These algae, archaea, bacteria, nematodes, prot...

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Bioinformatician – The Scientist at the Cross-Section of Biology, Computer Science, and Statistics BIOINFORMATICIAN – THE SCIENTIST AT THE CROSS-SECTION OF BIOLOGY, COMPUTER SCIENCE, AND STATISTICS

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May 06, 2019

Modern research incorporates a variety of scientific and mathematical disciplines. Are you fascinated by the interplay between biology, computer science, and statistics? Recently, we’ve been spotlighting non-traditional and uncommon careers within life science industries. We interviewed Gaius ...

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Highlights: American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy Meeting HIGHLIGHTS: AMERICAN SOCIETY OF GENE & CELL THERAPY MEETING

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May 03, 2019

Researchers with Audentes Therapeutics, Hopital Armand Trousseau in Paris, UCLA Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Chicago and several other institutions, presented data from a Phase I/II clinical trial of gene therapy in X-linked Myotubular Myopathy (XLMTM). XLMTM is a rare monogenic dise...

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Microbiology – A Field Ripe for Entrepreneurship MICROBIOLOGY – A FIELD RIPE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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May 02, 2019

Are you fascinated with microbiology? Have you ever thought about how to integrate your passion for research and entrepreneurship? The field of microbiology is expanding and being significantly impacted by advancements in technology. Recently, we interviewed Zack Abbott, Ph.D., who is the co-founder...

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Healthcare And Biotechs Feel The Heat As The Market At New Highs HEALTHCARE AND BIOTECHS FEEL THE HEAT AS THE MARKET AT NEW HIGHS

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Apr 30, 2019

The steady gain reflects a diminishing concern relating to the pace of a global economic slowdown, as major central banks and governments have moved to bolster growth. The Federal Reserve has been relatively aggressive in adjusting its policy this year after recognizing the potential risks to econom...

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Cloning CLONING'S LONG LEGACY — AND WHY IT'LL NEVER BE USED ON HUMANS

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Apr 29, 2019

The photograph of two baby monkeys clinging to each other crisscrossed the world early last year. Not just because the long-tailed macaques, Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, were adorable, but because they were groundbreaking: They were the first primates ever to have been cloned. No scientist before had ma...

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Bicycle files for $86M IPO to fund trials of novel drug conjugates BICYCLE FILES FOR $86M IPO TO FUND TRIALS OF NOVEL DRUG CONJUGATES

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Apr 29, 2019

Bicycle Therapeutics has filed to raise up to $86 million in a Nasdaq IPO. The British biotech wants the money to prepare for phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of its lead anticancer candidate, BT1718. BT1718, like the rest of Bicycle’s pipeline, is based on a type of fully synthetic short peptide...

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Savonix picks up an extra $9.6M to bring its cognition test app to Asia SAVONIX PICKS UP AN EXTRA $9.6M TO BRING ITS COGNITION TEST APP TO ASIA

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Apr 29, 2019

Savonix has padded out its series A round with $9.6 million in extension financing, bringing its total haul up to $14.7 million to support the development of its mobile app that tests for signs of cognitive decline. Using machine learning and population health data, Savonix hopes to spot the early s...

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FDA deems Orchestra BioMed FDA DEEMS ORCHESTRA BIOMED'S SIROLIMUS-ELUTING BALLOON A BREAKTHROUGH DEVICE FOR CORONARY RESTENOSIS

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Apr 29, 2019

Orchestra BioMed has received an FDA breakthrough device designation for its drug-eluting angioplasty balloon, designed to open up the coronary arteries of the heart after they’ve reclogged following the placement of a stent. While physically widening the artery, the company’s Virtue sys...

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Stem cells rebuild neurons’ protective sheaths in mice, inspiring new ideas for MS research STEM CELLS REBUILD NEURONS’ PROTECTIVE SHEATHS IN MICE, INSPIRING NEW IDEAS FOR MS RESEARCH

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Apr 26, 2019

In multiple sclerosis and several other brain disorders, the protective sheath around neurons called myelin breaks down, which in turn disrupts the transmission of nerve signals. Researchers at the VA Maryland Health Care System and the University of Maryland School of Medicine have found a new way ...

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BioSpace Movers and Shakers BIOSPACE MOVERS AND SHAKERS

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Apr 26, 2019

It didn’t take long for Novartis to tap a new chief executive officer for its generics subsidiary Sandoz. GlaxoSmithKline veteran Richard Saynor, who spent five years with Sandoz earlier in his career, was tapped as the new CEO of Sandoz. For the past nine years, Saynor has been with GSK, most...

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Research Roundup: Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia, Diabetes and More RESEARCH ROUNDUP: ALZHEIMER’S, SCHIZOPHRENIA, DIABETES AND MORE

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Apr 26, 2019

It’s well known that the accumulation of amyloid beta proteins in the brain are significantly involved in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, even if there’s some debate as to exactly what the role is. Monomers of amyloid beta, in other words, the proteins by themselves, have s...

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After the Alzheimer AFTER THE ALZHEIMER'S CRASH, SHOULD BIOGEN TURN TO M&A TO BOLSTER ITS PIPELINE?

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Apr 26, 2019

Earlier this week, Biogen reported out its first-quarter financial results, showing an 11% increase in revenues, hitting $3.5 billion. But in light of the company’s announcement in late March that it was dropping development of aducanumab for Alzheimer’s, analysts are speculating on what...

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Single-cell DNA Analysis: Driving Dynamic Changes in the Treatment of Cancer SINGLE-CELL DNA ANALYSIS: DRIVING DYNAMIC CHANGES IN THE TREATMENT OF CANCER

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Apr 26, 2019

Complex diseases, such as cancer evolve, so understanding genetic variability at the single-cell level is vital. Ensuring researchers have the tools to unlock single-cell biology enables the discovery, development, and delivery of precision medicine.

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Flow Cytometry in the Clinic FLOW CYTOMETRY IN THE CLINIC

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Apr 26, 2019

Flow cytometry is a technique used to count and analyze the size, shape and properties of individual cells. Cells labeled with fluorescent markers are passed in a rapid stream past the instrument’s laser at rates upwards of 10,000 cells per second. Emitted fluorescent parameters are detected a...

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Daiichi picks immuno-oncology bispecific, triggering payout to Zymeworks DAIICHI PICKS IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY BISPECIFIC, TRIGGERING PAYOUT TO ZYMEWORKS

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Apr 25, 2019

Daiichi Sankyo has selected the first immuno-oncology candidate under its deal with Zymeworks. The action sees Daiichi pay Zymeworks $3.5 million to license an asset based on its bispecific antibody platform. Zymeworks granted Daiichi access to its Azymetric platform for generating bispecific antibo...

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Salix grabs ex-Asia rights to Mitsubishi Tanabe autoimmune drug SALIX GRABS EX-ASIA RIGHTS TO MITSUBISHI TANABE AUTOIMMUNE DRUG

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Apr 25, 2019

Salix Pharmaceuticals has bagged the ex-Asia rights to Mitsubishi Tanabe’s late-phase autoimmune drug, amiselimod. The Bausch Health subsidiary plans to trial the S1P receptor functional antagonist in ulcerative colitis. Amiselimod is designed to inhibit the receptor function of the lymphocyte...

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LabCorp spends $485M as its CRO unit snaps up Envigo LABCORP SPENDS $485M AS ITS CRO UNIT SNAPS UP ENVIGO'S NONCLINICAL BUSINESS

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Apr 25, 2019

LabCorp’s CRO business Covance will boost its nonclinical contract research services business as its parent company buys out the segment from Envigo, while the latter repositions. On the flip side of this deal, Envigo’s Research Models Services business will buy up Covance’s Resear...

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WindMIL Therapeutics interim CEO Hayden steps up to the plate WINDMIL THERAPEUTICS INTERIM CEO HAYDEN STEPS UP TO THE PLATE

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Apr 25, 2019

When Donald Hayden, a 25-year veteran of Bristol-Myers Squibb, joined WindMIL Therapeutics as its executive chairman, he figured he would steer the ship until the company’s board picked a permanent CEO. But as he got to know the company and the marrow-infiltrating lymphocytes from which it tak...

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Putting the bio in tech: FierceBiotech tests a robotic PUTTING THE BIO IN TECH: FIERCEBIOTECH TESTS A ROBOTIC 'DERMOSKELETON'

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Apr 24, 2019

That’s what Jean-Philippe “JP” Clark said as I approached a staircase, strapped into a robotic device called Keeogo. Needless to say, I did the exact opposite, and my trip up and down the stairs was less than smooth. The device is what its maker, B-Temia, calls a “dermoskelet...

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Arrowhead starts triple-combo hepatitis B test, triggering J&J payday ARROWHEAD STARTS TRIPLE-COMBO HEPATITIS B TEST, TRIGGERING J&J PAYDAY

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Apr 24, 2019

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals has added a triple-combination arm to its chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) clinical trial. The cohort will assess ARO-HBV in combination with two undisclosed drugs selected by Johnson & Johnson. J&J secured the global rights to phase 1/2 RNAi therapy ARO-HBV last yea...

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Biogen cans plan to test aducanumab in Alzheimer BIOGEN CANS PLAN TO TEST ADUCANUMAB IN ALZHEIMER'S PREVENTION

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Apr 24, 2019

Biogen has decided against (PDF) starting a phase 3 trial of aducanumab in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. The study was the one option for further development of aducanumab that Biogen left open when it revealed the failure of its main pivotal program last month. Upon learning that adu...

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FDA gives AbbVie’s Skyrizi a Thumbs-Up for Plaque Psoriasis FDA GIVES ABBVIE’S SKYRIZI A THUMBS-UP FOR PLAQUE PSORIASIS

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Apr 24, 2019

Humira is AbbVie’s mega-blockbuster drug used to treat plaque psoriasis and a number of other immune diseases. In 2018, Humira brought in $19.94 billion. However, it will face biosimilar competition starting in 2023.

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Novartis Poaches GSK Veteran as New Sandoz CEO NOVARTIS POACHES GSK VETERAN AS NEW SANDOZ CEO

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Apr 24, 2019

GlaxoSmithKline veteran Richard Saynor is coming home to Sandoz. Saynor was named the new chief executive officer of the Novartis’ subsidiary on Tuesday. For the past nine years, Saynor has been with GSK, most recently serving as senior vice president and global head of classic and established...

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Georgia’s Life Sciences Business Grew More than 14% in 2018, Outpaces National Growth GEORGIA’S LIFE SCIENCES BUSINESS GREW MORE THAN 14% IN 2018, OUTPACES NATIONAL GROWTH

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Apr 24, 2019

The life sciences industry has seen significant growth over the past 10 years in Georgia. From 2007 to 2017, employment in the Peach State’s industry sciences grew by 14.9 percent. That growth outpaced the 7.7 percent national growth, Georgia Bio announced. Not only did the life sciences indus...

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Fulcrum Therapeutics Licenses Failed GSK Drug for Possible Muscular Dystrophy Indication FULCRUM THERAPEUTICS LICENSES FAILED GSK DRUG FOR POSSIBLE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY INDICATION

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Apr 24, 2019

Based Fulcrum Therapeutics just acquired a worldwide license with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to develop and commercialize losmapimod. The drug was abandoned by GSK about three years ago after it failed in a late-stage myocardial infarction (heart attack) study. Fulcrum Therapeutics was one of BioSpace&rs...

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Researchers Provide More Evidence That a Blood Test Can Detect the Risk of Alzheimer’s RESEARCHERS PROVIDE MORE EVIDENCE THAT A BLOOD TEST CAN DETECT THE RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S

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Apr 24, 2019

As treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease continue to elude researchers, there appears to be developing promise for the detection of the dreaded form of dementia. A recent studyprovides additional evidence that blood tests can detect the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Sanofi leases its soon-to-be-former Genzyme HQ to Bluebird Bio—at a profit SANOFI LEASES ITS SOON-TO-BE-FORMER GENZYME HQ TO BLUEBIRD BIO—AT A PROFIT

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Apr 23, 2019

When Sanofi inked a massive lease in Cambridge Crossing for its Genzyme unit last year, the French drugmaker found itself in prime position for another real estate deal. The move opened up a lot of square footage at Sanofi Genzyme's existing facility in Kendall Square, the hottest address in the...

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Cancer: Highly personalized therapy can improve outcomes CANCER: HIGHLY PERSONALIZED THERAPY CAN IMPROVE OUTCOMES

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Apr 23, 2019

Recently, precision medicine has been gaining ground as a potentially more effective approach to treating a range of stubborn conditions and diseases, including many forms of cancer. With this type of approach, researchers aim to better anticipate which types of treatments would best suit an individ...

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Liquid biopsies provide the biomarkers for targeted therapy for successful cancer treatment LIQUID BIOPSIES PROVIDE THE BIOMARKERS FOR TARGETED THERAPY FOR SUCCESSFUL CANCER TREATMENT

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Apr 23, 2019

In medicine, a biomarker is a measure or indicator of the severity or presence of some disease states. More generally a biomarker is anything that can be used as an indicator of a particular disease state or some other physiological state of an organism. Cancer is data starved. And without the right...

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IQVIA Report: Biopharma R&D Investment Has Increased 32% Over Last 5 Years IQVIA REPORT: BIOPHARMA R&D INVESTMENT HAS INCREASED 32% OVER LAST 5 YEARS

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Apr 23, 2019

The IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science released a new report titled, “The Changing Landscape of Research and Development: Innovation, Drivers of Change, and Evolution of Clinical Trial Productivity.” The report finds, among many other things, that in the last year, 27% of drugs launc...

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Second death in Novartis gene therapy trials under investigation SECOND DEATH IN NOVARTIS GENE THERAPY TRIALS UNDER INVESTIGATION

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Apr 23, 2019

Novartis, which this week announced positive interim trial results for its experimental gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy, on Friday said investigation is underway into whether a second trial death could be related to the treatment. Novartis has filed for U.S. Food and Drug Administration app...

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Homology Medicines: An Interview With Chief Scientific Officer Albert Seymour HOMOLOGY MEDICINES: AN INTERVIEW WITH CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER ALBERT SEYMOUR

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Apr 23, 2019

The last year has been a busy one for Bedford, Mass.-based Homology Medicines. In late March 2018, the company launched its initial public offering (IPO), raising an initial $144 million. It has since then built a manufacturing facility for its gene therapy products, and on April 4, 2019, received t...

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Company Growth, Ambition Drive Ultragenyx’s Continued Success COMPANY GROWTH, AMBITION DRIVE ULTRAGENYX’S CONTINUED SUCCESS

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Apr 23, 2019

Two years after its acquisition of Dimension Therapeutics, Bay Area-based Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc. continues to see success in its clinical programs for the company’s adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy treatments and in its overall growth. At the end of December 2018, the company...

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Personalizing Precision Medicine with Combination Therapies Improves Outcomes in Cancer PERSONALIZING PRECISION MEDICINE WITH COMBINATION THERAPIES IMPROVES OUTCOMES IN CANCER

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Apr 22, 2019

Precision oncology often relies on treating patients with a single, molecularly matched therapy that targets one mutation in their tumor. In a report, published online in Nature Medicine  on April 22, 2019, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers found that treating pa...

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Innovations Day Highlights Drug-free Neuromodulation Therapy INNOVATIONS DAY HIGHLIGHTS DRUG-FREE NEUROMODULATION THERAPY

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Apr 22, 2019

Development of drug-free technology to treat chronic conditions will be among the discussed topics when more than 200 worldwide entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and investment professionals meet for a daylong session on "Disruptive Innovation: The Driving Force of Progress in Neuromodulation.&q...

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Patients living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) in the province of Saskatchewan gain access to SPINRAZA™ (nusinersen) PATIENTS LIVING WITH SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY (SMA) IN THE PROVINCE OF SASKATCHEWAN GAIN ACCESS TO SPINRAZA™ (NUSINERSEN)

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Apr 22, 2019

Biogen Canada welcomes the decision made by the Government of Saskatchewan allowing patients living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) to access SPINRAZA (nusinersen), the first and only approved medicine in the world to treat the root cause of SMA. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health has made the d...

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Scientists have tested the effect of marijuana smoking in conjunction with juvenile cortex. The results of many will surprise SCIENTISTS HAVE TESTED THE EFFECT OF MARIJUANA SMOKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH JUVENILE CORTEX. THE RESULTS OF MANY WILL SURPRISE

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Apr 22, 2019

Gray matter is part of the cerebral cortex , which consists of a large number of nerve cells , from about 13-15 billion, which, together with the White Matter, located under Gray, form so-called synapses, in other words neural connections . These connections serve as a communication network for info...

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Handling psychological pressure key HANDLING PSYCHOLOGICAL PRESSURE KEY

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Apr 22, 2019

Lance Burdett describes his job as helping people as much as he can. A safety, wellness and resilience expert, Mr Burdett has worked with elite international tactical units across police, the military, emergency services, prisons and the FBI. Now he focuses his time on helping people understand the ...

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Study Suggests MDMA Could Help People With PTSD, Autism STUDY SUGGESTS MDMA COULD HELP PEOPLE WITH PTSD, AUTISM

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Apr 22, 2019

Drugs like ketamine or MDMA (the active ingredient in ecstasy) have thus far been regarded as party drugs, and have spent several decades under legal restrictions because of the perception. However, recent studies have shown that these mind-altering substances might actually be useful for doing exac...

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Playing Video Games Can Actually Change the Brain PLAYING VIDEO GAMES CAN ACTUALLY CHANGE THE BRAIN

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Apr 22, 2019

It appears the jury is in, gaming does affect the brain in gamers. They have improved visuospatial skills, memory, attention and, it turns out, show signs of other brain change associated with some addictive disorders. Whilst games tend to get bad press whenever happens amongst "youths", i...

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Of Mice and Men: New Light and Sound Combination Therapy May Treat Alzheimer OF MICE AND MEN: NEW LIGHT AND SOUND COMBINATION THERAPY MAY TREAT ALZHEIMER'S

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Apr 22, 2019

As of 2018, 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the pervasive brain disorder that causes eventual deterioration of cognitive, physical and behavioral abilities. While Alzheimer's patients can be treated for symptoms or pain, the disease has no cure, and no current trea...

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What colored blobs in the brain can tell us about environmental decision making WHAT COLORED BLOBS IN THE BRAIN CAN TELL US ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION MAKING

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Apr 22, 2019

Growing up in California in the 1990s with a brittle bone disability, Nik Sawe appreciated every chance he got to go to Yosemite National Park. Spending time outside meant he was healthy, and that association helped touch off a lifelong love of nature. That love led him to study biology in college, ...

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Using the Innate Immune System to Treat Disease USING THE INNATE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO TREAT DISEASE

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Apr 22, 2019

For most people, two of the most frightening diseases are cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. The reason is simple – these diseases are incurable. The widespread fear of them goes much deeper. While many people are faced with the tragedy of seeing these illnesses take over the lives of famil...

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Importance of the History of Medicine and Science IMPORTANCE OF THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE AND SCIENCE

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Apr 22, 2019

Why should we be concerned about past advances and discoveries in both medicine and science? Shouldn’t we be focused on moving forward rather than looking back? The truth is that if there isn’t an understanding of the past new hypotheses and theories cannot be formulated. A case in point...

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Plant Tissue Culture - A Growing Area in Biotech PLANT TISSUE CULTURE - A GROWING AREA IN BIOTECH

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Apr 22, 2019

Plant tissue culture is used by many companies and nurseries to propagate plants in a disease-free environment.  Technicians who work in this area use many biotechnology skills. We just posted a new career description for plant tissue culture technicians.  Plant tissue culture technicians ...

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Life Sciences Industry Threatened by Skills Shortage LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY THREATENED BY SKILLS SHORTAGE

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Apr 19, 2019

There is something of a recurring theme among the life science, healthcare and biopharma industries: a shortage of skilled employees will lead to a decrease in innovation. It’s not that the educational system is somehow letting these industries down, it’s more that these industries are c...

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Inside The Life And Christianity Of Legendary Sci-Fi Author Gene Wolfe INSIDE THE LIFE AND CHRISTIANITY OF LEGENDARY SCI-FI AUTHOR GENE WOLFE

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Apr 19, 2019

Science fiction writer Gene Wolfe died on April 14 at the age of 87. Even though I consider it one the greatest science fiction novels ever written, I taught Wolfe’s The Shadow of the Torturer (1980) for only one term, back when I was teaching my Introduction to the Literature of Fantasy and S...

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When genome editing goes off-target WHEN GENOME EDITING GOES OFF-TARGET

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Apr 19, 2019

Editing DNA in eukaryotic cells with CRISPR-based systems has revolutionized the genome engineering field. Cas (CRISPR-associated) endonucleases are directed to a particular location in the genome by a short guide RNA, providing an easily programmable strategy to target any section of DNA. As of now...

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Grossly Misleading “Short and Distort” Article Wrongfully Attempts to Dupe 22nd Century Group Shareholders GROSSLY MISLEADING “SHORT AND DISTORT” ARTICLE WRONGFULLY ATTEMPTS TO DUPE 22ND CENTURY GROUP SHAREHOLDERS

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Apr 18, 2019

A plant biotechnology company that is a world leader in tobacco harm reduction, Very Low Nicotine Content tobacco, and hemp/cannabis research, today commented on a grossly misleading article published yesterday by an anonymous self-professed short seller of the Company’s stock. Publishing unde...

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Many Christians Will Oppose Transhumanism MANY CHRISTIANS WILL OPPOSE TRANSHUMANISM

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Apr 18, 2019

I am writing a book that has two chapters about “transhumanism,” also called “human enhancement.” The symbol H+ is used to signify it. It refers to future medical science improving the human species by multiple means, mostly with “genetic engineering.” It is now a...

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The Genetics Revolution is Already Here and Has Major National Security Implications THE GENETICS REVOLUTION IS ALREADY HERE AND HAS MAJOR NATIONAL SECURITY IMPLICATIONS

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Apr 18, 2019

When most of us think about genetic technologies, healthcare comes to mind for some very good reasons. Our growing understanding of how our genes impact how our bodies function has made possible incredible medical innovations to treat and even cure some truly awful genetic diseases. But our genomes ...

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Is EHT Zurich’s genetically engineered ‘biological dual-core processor’ actually a pair of gates? IS EHT ZURICH’S GENETICALLY ENGINEERED ‘BIOLOGICAL DUAL-CORE PROCESSOR’ ACTUALLY A PAIR OF GATES?

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Apr 17, 2019

My ears pricked up when I heard of a “biosynthetic dual-core cell computer“, also described as a “dual-core CPU“, that has been made using genetic engineering at Swiss university ETH Zurich.

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UK Biotech Uses Genetic Engineering to Control Crop Munching Caterpillars UK BIOTECH USES GENETIC ENGINEERING TO CONTROL CROP MUNCHING CATERPILLARS

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Apr 17, 2019

The caterpillars of the soybean looper moth Chrysodeixis includens eat crops such as soybean, tomato and cotton across North and South America, causing problems for farmers. The caterpillars are also becoming resistant to insecticides. Oxitec has launched a collaboration with an undisclosed partner ...

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Closing the gap between intention and reality in pesticide risk assessment CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN INTENTION AND REALITY IN PESTICIDE RISK ASSESSMENT

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Apr 17, 2019

Pesticides have been identified as one of the culprits of the loss in biodiversity. Prof. Ralf B Schäfer describes their recent policy paper in which they suggest a new framework for pesticide authorization to meet the goal of protecting biodiversity.Studies have shown [1, 2, 3] that the chemic...

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Kiadis to buy CytoSen, adding June to advisory board KIADIS TO BUY CYTOSEN, ADDING JUNE TO ADVISORY BOARD

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Apr 17, 2019

Kiadis is set to buy CytoSen Therapeutics to expand into anti-cancer natural killer (NK) cell therapies. The all-stock transaction will give Kiadis control of a preclinical NK cell therapy and see it add CAR-T pioneer Carl June to its scientific advisory board. Dutch biotech Kiadis has focused its e...

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24 Amazing Benefits Of Jackfruit 24 AMAZING BENEFITS OF JACKFRUIT

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Apr 17, 2019

Jackfruit, which is generally known as the jack of all fruits, is packed with many nutrients and benefits. According to study Jackfruit is not only taste best but also gives health benefits as it is a rich source of vitamin, minerals, phytonutrients, carbohydrate, electrolytes, fiber, fat and protei...

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FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation Status to NeoImmuneTech’s Hyleukin-7 for Idiopathic CD4+ Lymphocytopenia Treatment FDA GRANTS ORPHAN DRUG DESIGNATION STATUS TO NEOIMMUNETECH’S HYLEUKIN-7 FOR IDIOPATHIC CD4+ LYMPHOCYTOPENIA TREATMENT

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Apr 16, 2019

A T cell-focused therapeutics company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) to Hyleukin-7TM, a T cell amplifier, in development for the treatment of Idiopathic CD4+ Lymphocytopenia (ICL). Hyleukin-7 also received ODD from the Euro...

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Biotechnology Industry Takes Action to Diversify Leadership BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY TAKES ACTION TO DIVERSIFY LEADERSHIP

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Apr 16, 2019

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)announced today the “ Right Mix Matters ” campaign to increase diversity and inclusion in the biotech industry. Following on its previously announced goals to increase gender, racial, ethnic and LGBTQ representation on biotech company boards...

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Why you should eat avocado every day WHY YOU SHOULD EAT AVOCADO EVERY DAY

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Apr 16, 2019

According to Fausta Akech, a nutritionist at Healthy U, avocado is an important food for pregnant women due to its high concentrations of folate (folic acid). The folate is crucial for cell repair and prevents birth defects such as spina bifida and heart defects. High amounts of folate both before c...

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Nanomedicine Found to Trigger Cancer Metastasis NANOMEDICINE FOUND TO TRIGGER CANCER METASTASIS

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Apr 16, 2019

Nanoparticles are found in various processed food such as food additives, consumer products, and even in medicine. NUS researchers found that cancer nanomedicine, which are designed to kill cancer cells, may accelerate metastasis. Researchers used breast cancer as a model and discovered that common ...

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Gene therapy: science at a crossroads GENE THERAPY: SCIENCE AT A CROSSROADS

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Apr 16, 2019

“As Aristotle and every serious theorist of human nature has understood, human beings are by nature cultural animals…” It is interesting to paraphrase F. Fukuyama: the individual is born of a genetic union and evolution has developed the intelligence, and social and cultural capab...

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Planet Earth Report –“Melting Glaciers Could Unleash Nuclear Fallout to Day Earth Rained Glass” PLANET EARTH REPORT –“MELTING GLACIERS COULD UNLEASH NUCLEAR FALLOUT TO DAY EARTH RAINED GLASS”

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Apr 15, 2019

The “Planet Earth Report” connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our planet and the future of the human species. Human Drugs Are Polluting the Water—And Animals Are Swimming in It —Salmon on psychotropics, platypuses ...

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A Baby Was Born With DNA From Three People in Controversial Technique A BABY WAS BORN WITH DNA FROM THREE PEOPLE IN CONTROVERSIAL TECHNIQUE

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Apr 15, 2019

The experimental IVF treatment is called mitochondrial donation. It consists of using an egg from the mother, sperm from the father and another egg from a female donor. UK experts have now criticized the treatment saying it involved unjustifiable risks. Tim Child, an associate professor at the Unive...

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NSPRI advocates agric trust fund to fast-track development NSPRI ADVOCATES AGRIC TRUST FUND TO FAST-TRACK DEVELOPMENT

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Apr 15, 2019

As part of solutions to the challenges in agriculture, and to fast-track agro-economic development and diversify sustainably, a dedicated trust fund to finance agricultural research, which, in turn, will prop up new technologies and products, should be emplaced by the Federal Government.

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Beyond Pesticides National Forum Reflects Movement Behind Strong Organic Standards that Have Integrity BEYOND PESTICIDES NATIONAL FORUM REFLECTS MOVEMENT BEHIND STRONG ORGANIC STANDARDS THAT HAVE INTEGRITY

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Apr 15, 2019

Organic Strategies for Community Environmental Health: Eliminating pesticides where we live, work, learn, and play,co-convened with the Children’s Environmental Health Center of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, brought together scientists, land and park managers, urban farmers, pol...

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New CRISPR Tool Depicted As A DNA Shredder With A Motor NEW CRISPR TOOL DEPICTED AS A DNA SHREDDER WITH A MOTOR

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Apr 15, 2019

An international group of researchers reported the advancement of a new CRISPR-based tool that functions similar to a shredder, capable of eliminating long DNA stretches with programmable targeting in human cells. They depict in a paper published in Molecular Cell how they succeeded in obtaining a d...

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Microdrop Blood Testing Device is Validated by Scientific Community MICRODROP BLOOD TESTING DEVICE IS VALIDATED BY SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY

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Apr 15, 2019

These days, when someone mentions blood-testing diagnostics systems that rely on a few drops of blood, first thoughts may head directly to the alleged fraud committed by the founder and chief executive officer of Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes. Homes faces up to 20 years in prison for allegedly defraudi...

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Seqirus Announces Further Advances in Cell-Based Influenza Vaccine Technology SEQIRUS ANNOUNCES FURTHER ADVANCES IN CELL-BASED INFLUENZA VACCINE TECHNOLOGY

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Apr 15, 2019

Seqirus, a leading innovator in influenza protection, today announced it will file an Annual Strain Update with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the coming weeks, including the decision to manufacture its cell-based influenza vaccine (FLUCELVAX® QUADRIVALENT) for the 2019/20 season...

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Microbion Corporation to Present Data Highlighting Broad Spectrum Activity of BisEDT MICROBION CORPORATION TO PRESENT DATA HIGHLIGHTING BROAD SPECTRUM ACTIVITY OF BISEDT

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Apr 15, 2019

BOZEMAN, Mont., and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Microbion Corporation today announced that the company will present data highlighting the broad-spectrum activity of its novel antimicrobial agent BisEDT at the 29th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infec...

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Eiger BioPharmaceuticals Appoints Market Access, Public Policy Expert, and Biotech Veteran Amit K. Sachdev to Board of Directors EIGER BIOPHARMACEUTICALS APPOINTS MARKET ACCESS, PUBLIC POLICY EXPERT, AND BIOTECH VETERAN AMIT K. SACHDEV TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Apr 15, 2019

Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: EIGR), focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for serious rare and ultra-rare diseases, announced today the appointment of Amit K. Sachdev, JD to its Board of Directors.  Mr. Sachdev is currently Executive Vice President and Chief R...

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Bruker Announces Further Portfolio Expansion for Microbial Identification, Infection Control and Molecular Diagnostics of Infectious Diseases BRUKER ANNOUNCES FURTHER PORTFOLIO EXPANSION FOR MICROBIAL IDENTIFICATION, INFECTION CONTROL AND MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES

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Apr 15, 2019

At the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Bruker announces new assays, software and library extensions for its MALDI Biotyper, IR Biotyper and Fluorocycler XT product lines for microbial identification, infection control and molecular diagnostics of infectious diseas...

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New HIV vaccine could expose latent virus, kill it NEW HIV VACCINE COULD EXPOSE LATENT VIRUS, KILL IT

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Apr 15, 2019

Antiretroviral therapy may soon be obsolete, as scientists have successfully used immune cells to kick the dormant form of Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) out of its hiding place and destroy it. The findings may soon lead to an HIV vaccine. With the help of antiretroviral therapy, over half of t...

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Summit presents in vivo PoC data for new mechanism antibiotics SUMMIT PRESENTS IN VIVO POC DATA FOR NEW MECHANISM ANTIBIOTICS

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Apr 15, 2019

The new mechanism antibiotics was rapidly bactericidal and highly effective across globally varied Enterobacteriaceae strains in research studies. UK-based biopharmaceutical company, Summit Therapeutics plc has recently presented its in vivo proof of concept data for the DDS-04 series of new mechani...

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Uganda National Bureau of Standards can now offer ISO Certification UGANDA NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS CAN NOW OFFER ISO CERTIFICATION

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Apr 15, 2019

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has been accredited by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) to provide International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Management Systems Certification. The accreditation comes at a time when a growing number of Ugandan companies...

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Mosquito-borne diseases set to flourish as climate gets warmer MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES SET TO FLOURISH AS CLIMATE GETS WARMER

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Apr 15, 2019

A recent study has claimed that with the climate getting warmer with every passing year, the geographical range of vector-borne diseases such as chikungunya, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, and tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is expanding rapidly. Spurred on by climate change, international travel, and t...

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Stakeholders advocate preservation of Nigeria’s natural, indigenous food STAKEHOLDERS ADVOCATE PRESERVATION OF NIGERIA’S NATURAL, INDIGENOUS FOOD

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Apr 14, 2019

Stakeholders at the just conclude Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) conference has called on the federal government to enforce the preservation of the county’s natural and indigenous food. Just as they advocated that farmers’ have the right to own, use and share their seeds and b...

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PJC hosts workshop for college, university biology instructors PJC HOSTS WORKSHOP FOR COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY BIOLOGY INSTRUCTORS

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Apr 13, 2019

Paris Junior College recently hosted a workshop with Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) BioInteractive to assist instructors on using their free teaching resources to promote student-centered, active learning.  The workshop targeted college and university instructors teaching introductory c...

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N4 Pharma Develop Nanoparticle Technology to Deliver Vaccine N4 PHARMA DEVELOP NANOPARTICLE TECHNOLOGY TO DELIVER VACCINE

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Apr 13, 2019

Nuvec is a non-viral adjuvant delivery system that is based on silica nanoparticles. This technology is likely to aid in commercializing cancer immunotherapy drugs and improving the effectiveness of viral vaccines. These nanoparticles have a unique irregular surface structure along with polyethylene...

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A noninvasive, low-intensity ultrasound method that targets nerve cells, or neurons, can alter brain function to influence decision-making. A NONINVASIVE, LOW-INTENSITY ULTRASOUND METHOD THAT TARGETS NERVE CELLS, OR NEURONS, CAN ALTER BRAIN FUNCTION TO INFLUENCE DECISION-MAKING.

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Apr 13, 2019

Scientists have demonstrated the technique in a recent study, in which they disrupted "counterfactual thinking" in primates. Counterfactual thinking, or counterfactual reasoning, is a type of decision-making that involves considering options that are not available now but could be in the f...

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Airborne viruses inside “germ factories” AIRBORNE VIRUSES INSIDE “GERM FACTORIES”

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Apr 12, 2019

Compared to bacteria and fungus, the airborne viral microbiome in built environments, is relatively understudied. Recently published research in Microbiome looks to address this imbalance by examining the virome of a daycare center over the course of a year and was inspired by the seasonal pattern o...

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Arrowhead Preclinical Data Demonstrates RNAi Therapy Prevents and Reverses Alpha-1 Liver Disease at The International Liver Congress ARROWHEAD PRECLINICAL DATA DEMONSTRATES RNAI THERAPY PREVENTS AND REVERSES ALPHA-1 LIVER DISEASE AT THE INTERNATIONAL LIVER CONGRESS

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Apr 12, 2019

PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARWR) today presented preclinical data at The International Liver Congress™ 2019 (ILC), the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), demonstrating that sustained reduction of mutant...

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Rising Shanghai Biotech Firms Shine at AACR Annual Meeting 2019 RISING SHANGHAI BIOTECH FIRMS SHINE AT AACR ANNUAL MEETING 2019

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Apr 12, 2019

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Aiming to help accelerate progress in the global battle against cancer, Shanghai Genbase Biotechnology Co. Ltd. (Genbase) was one of Shanghai's 89 top biotechnology innovators showcasing their leading-edge research at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)...

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Former Investor Caught In College Admission Scam To Fight Legal Battle Over Severance FORMER INVESTOR CAUGHT IN COLLEGE ADMISSION SCAM TO FIGHT LEGAL BATTLE OVER SEVERANCE

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Apr 12, 2019

Bill McGlashan has been caught in a scandal related to college admissions. He is an investor at the Silicon Valley. This 55 years aged financier is presently busy squaring off trade with TPG, which is a buyout company at Texas. He is known to have some profitable shares in companies like Airbnb, Box...

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Advances in Neuro-oncology ADVANCES IN NEURO-ONCOLOGY

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Apr 11, 2019

Brain tumors are some of the most complicated forms of cancer to treat due to their extremely sensitive location. Surgery is the first choice when possible, as it guarantees removal of the tumor. Brain surgery is, however, an extremely invasive procedure and requires weeks to months of recovery time...

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Contrasting of Gamida Cell Ltd. (GMDA) and Aridis Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARDS) CONTRASTING OF GAMIDA CELL LTD. (GMDA) AND ARIDIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC. (NASDAQ:ARDS)

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Apr 11, 2019

Gamida Cell Ltd. (NASDAQ:GMDA) and Aridis Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ARDS) have been rivals in the Biotechnology for quite some time. Below is a review of each business including various aspects such as dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings and valuation, institutional ...

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New Imaging Reveals Previously Unseen Vulnerabilities Of HIV NEW IMAGING REVEALS PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN VULNERABILITIES OF HIV

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Apr 11, 2019

Imagine that HIV is a sealed tin can: if you opened it, what would you find inside? An international team led by researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM), Tufts University School of Medicine, and the University of Melbourne think they know. For the first time, they...

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Pondering On Our Seeds, Food And Biosafety PONDERING ON OUR SEEDS, FOOD AND BIOSAFETY

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Apr 11, 2019

Colonialism, neocolonialism and neoliberalism are deeply implicated in the disruption of food systems and in the introduction of plants and animals that are not found in nature. We note that colonialism was a geopolitical tool utilised to ensure extraction of resources and labour from subjugated ter...

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Sensei Biotherapeutics Announces Formation of New Immuno-Oncology Advisory Board SENSEI BIOTHERAPEUTICS ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF NEW IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY ADVISORY BOARD

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Apr 11, 2019

A clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing precision immuno-oncology therapies, today announced the formation of a new Immuno-Oncology Advisory Board (IOAB), consisting of several world-recognized and credentialed experts in the fields of immuno-oncology, tumor biology, vaccinology, cell ...

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Realising the promise of laboratory automation in biomedical research REALISING THE PROMISE OF LABORATORY AUTOMATION IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

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Apr 11, 2019

Automation offers a choice of powerful ways to design and execute high-quality laboratory research. The use of lab automation is now pervasive in biomedical labs, offering versatile platforms on which to perform an ever expanding array of tasks free of human errors, and a unique means to address the...

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Transforming drug discovery, development and delivery with flow chemistry TRANSFORMING DRUG DISCOVERY, DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY WITH FLOW CHEMISTRY

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Apr 11, 2019

Flow chemistry is on the rise thanks to the commercial availability of benchtop continuous flow systems that has driven widespread adoption of the technique across a broad range of applications in both academia and industry. In particular, flow chemistry is delivering significant benefits in the are...

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FDA Moves to Modernize Drug Review Process FDA MOVES TO MODERNIZE DRUG REVIEW PROCESS

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Apr 11, 2019

Under a new “knowledge management” approach for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), sponsors will submit applications that present data in a structured format so that it can be transmitted to teams of experts from multiple disciplines able to assess applications for new d...

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Paragon Bioservices Celebrates Grand Opening of its World-Class Gene Therapy Biomanufacturing Facility PARAGON BIOSERVICES CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF ITS WORLD-CLASS GENE THERAPY BIOMANUFACTURING FACILITY

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Apr 11, 2019

BALTIMORE, April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Paragon BioServices, the leading private equity-backed biologics contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) with proven expertise in gene therapy and next-generation vaccines, celebrated this morning the grand opening of its new, world-class a...

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Ophthotech Obtains Exclusive Global License to AAV Gene Therapy Program for BEST1 Related Retinal Diseases OPHTHOTECH OBTAINS EXCLUSIVE GLOBAL LICENSE TO AAV GENE THERAPY PROGRAM FOR BEST1 RELATED RETINAL DISEASES

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Apr 11, 2019

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 11, 2019--Ophthotech Corporation (NASDAQ: OPHT) announced today that the Company has converted its option and entered into an exclusive global license agreement with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), including the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of P...

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Takara Bio submits Drug Master File to US FDA for RetroNectin® GMP grade (liquid format) TAKARA BIO SUBMITS DRUG MASTER FILE TO US FDA FOR RETRONECTIN® GMP GRADE (LIQUID FORMAT)

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Apr 11, 2019

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Takara Bio USA, Inc.  announced today that its parent company, Takara Bio Inc., submitted a Drug Master File to the Food and Drug Administration for the liquid formulation of RetroNectin GMP grade on March 15, 2019. cancer immunotherapies, su...

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Six Biotech Companies Carving the Path for Parkinson’s Disease Research SIX BIOTECH COMPANIES CARVING THE PATH FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE RESEARCH

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Apr 11, 2019

Parkinson’s Disease research has come a long way since its first medical descriptions over 200 years ago. The most effective Parkinson’s treatment is Levodopa (L-dopa), an amino acid precursor that’s converted into dopamine in the brain, which combats motor deficiencies experienced...

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Birds’ Surprising Sound Source BIRDS’ SURPRISING SOUND SOURCE

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Apr 10, 2019

All air-breathing vertebrates have a larynx–a structure of muscles and folds that protects the trachea and, in many animals, vibrates and modulates to produce a stunning array of sounds. But birds, although they have larynges (plural of larynx), use a different organ to sing. It’s low in...

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Drug Discovery Firm Panacea Biotec Raises $144 Mn from Resurgence Fund DRUG DISCOVERY FIRM PANACEA BIOTEC RAISES $144 MN FROM RESURGENCE FUND

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Apr 09, 2019

New Delhi-based Panacea Biotec, a research-based pharmaceutical and health management company, has raised 992 crores/ US $144 million from India Resurgence Fund (‘IndiaRF’), promoted by Piramal Enterprises Limited and Bain Capital Credit, announced Piramal in a press release. The funds r...

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Nanna Therapeutics Awarded £829,892 Innovate UK Grant to Discover Novel Drugs Leveraging Its Nanoscale Medicines Discovery Engine NANNA THERAPEUTICS AWARDED £829,892 INNOVATE UK GRANT TO DISCOVER NOVEL DRUGS LEVERAGING ITS NANOSCALE MEDICINES DISCOVERY ENGINE

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Apr 09, 2019

CAMBRIDGE, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 9, 2019--Nanna Therapeutics Ltd, a biotechnology company developing novel drugs to combat age-related diseases, particular those caused by mitochondrial dysfunction, today announced that it had been awarded funding from Innovate UK totalling £829,892 to...

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The canary in a superbug mine THE CANARY IN A SUPERBUG MINE

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Apr 09, 2019

Birds inhabit a range of habitats around the world and play a crucial role as sentinels of antibiotic resistance in the environment. A recent study published in BMC Biology used an innovative approach to detect antibiotic resistance genes in microbiomes of birds from the most remote locations to tho...

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Spry Health Announces FDA Clearance of Groundbreaking Loop System, Designed to Transform Care for People with COPD SPRY HEALTH ANNOUNCES FDA CLEARANCE OF GROUNDBREAKING LOOP SYSTEM, DESIGNED TO TRANSFORM CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH COPD

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Apr 08, 2019

Spry Health, a leader in health management technologies and remote patient monitoring, today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance to market the company’s Loop System. Loop is the first clinical-grade wearable that measures pulse oximetry, respiration rate and heart rate....

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In Pharma value chain, PBMs manage to benefit IN PHARMA VALUE CHAIN, PBMS MANAGE TO BENEFIT

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Apr 08, 2019

As 2020 Democratic presidential aspirants lean into their game of one-upsmanship on policies that would slow medical progress and undermine the U.S. biopharmaceutical industry, it’s a relief to see the Senate convene a hearing Tuesday on the self-dealing middlemen in the drug delivery system w...

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3 Top Biotech Stocks to Buy in April 3 TOP BIOTECH STOCKS TO BUY IN APRIL

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Apr 08, 2019

Despite the political headwinds emanating from the drug pricing debate in the United States, biotech stocks have been on an absolute roll during the first quarter of 2019. The core reason is that the industry has been churning out innovative new products at a blistering pace lately -- fueled in no s...

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Making Pharma Manufacturing Greener with Synthetic Biology MAKING PHARMA MANUFACTURING GREENER WITH SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

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Apr 08, 2019

Petrochemicals play a role in our everyday lives. Everything from the plastic handle on your toothbrush, to the rubber soles on your shoes, chances are, these products came from a petrochemical processing plant. Some might be surprised to learn that the pharmaceutical industry is also highly depende...

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Incyte Corporation (INCY), Puma Biotechnology, Inc. (PBYI): Still Unappreciated? INCYTE CORPORATION (INCY), PUMA BIOTECHNOLOGY, INC. (PBYI): STILL UNAPPRECIATED?

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Apr 05, 2019

An additional way to evaluate the performance history of a company’s stock is to find its Return on Investment (ROI), which is a metric that shows investors the general strength of a security. It’s also utilized as a way of observing the strength of one investment compared to another, si...

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5 Reasons Why Testing on Animals for Parkinson’s Disease Research Is Cruel and Unreliable 5 REASONS WHY TESTING ON ANIMALS FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE RESEARCH IS CRUEL AND UNRELIABLE

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Apr 05, 2019

The species commonly used in experiments  including monkeys, rats, and mice   suffer from artificially induced Parkinson’s-like symptoms, and the results are inapplicable to humans. Experimenters condemn animals to cages until they’re no longer of use, then they dispose of...

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Expanding scope of NMBA Act to include modern biotechnology is dangerous – HOMEF EXPANDING SCOPE OF NMBA ACT TO INCLUDE MODERN BIOTECHNOLOGY IS DANGEROUS – HOMEF

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Apr 05, 2019

It is incorrect to assume that HOMEF has been quiet. And no; we have not stopped advocating for a ban on GMOs and for better protection of our food system, health environment and economy. We are actually doing more now than ever before because the situation in Nigeria and Africa generally is getting...

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Cellect Biotechnology Ltd (APOP) Reveals Trendspot Signal of Sell CELLECT BIOTECHNOLOGY LTD (APOP) REVEALS TRENDSPOT SIGNAL OF SELL

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Apr 04, 2019

After a recent look, Cellect Biotechnology Ltd (APOP) has a 50-day Moving Average of 1.37, the 200-day Moving Average is 3.95, and the 7-day is noted at 0.99. A popular tool among technical stock analysts is the moving average. Moving averages are considered to be lagging indicators that simply take...

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Can Investors Stay the Course? Nasdaq Biotechnology Ishares ETF (IBB) Mass Index Update CAN INVESTORS STAY THE COURSE? NASDAQ BIOTECHNOLOGY ISHARES ETF (IBB) MASS INDEX UPDATE

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Apr 04, 2019

Nasdaq Biotechnology Ishares ETF (IBB) shares might have a significant move ahead as the Mass Index volatility reading has dropped below 26.5.  Mass Index rises above the trigger line (set at 26.5) and the setup line (set at 27). Mass Index then falls below the setup line. When the Mass Index f...

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Celyad SA (CYAD) Stock: A Good Pick In The Biotechnology Space? CELYAD SA (CYAD) STOCK: A GOOD PICK IN THE BIOTECHNOLOGY SPACE?

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Apr 04, 2019

Celyad SA (CYAD) is gaining in the market today. The stock, one that is focused in the biotechnology space, is presently priced at $22.86 after gaining 9.12% so far in today’s session. In terms of biotechnology companies, there are quite a few factors that have the potential to lead to gains i...

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Comparison of Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (APOP) and Zosano Pharma Corporation (NASDAQ:ZSAN) COMPARISON OF CELLECT BIOTECHNOLOGY LTD. (APOP) AND ZOSANO PHARMA CORPORATION (NASDAQ:ZSAN)

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Apr 04, 2019

Cellect Biotechnology Ltd., a biotechnology company, focuses on developing technologies for the functional selection of stem cells in the field of regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies in Israel. It is developing the Apotainer selection kit, a shelf stem cell selection kit, based on its Powe...

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Pure Storage makes hybrid cloud play with new acquisition PURE STORAGE MAKES HYBRID CLOUD PLAY WITH NEW ACQUISITION

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Apr 03, 2019

Pure Storage cites an IDC study that shows among enterprises there is a growing demand for file-based shared storage in the public cloud. to justify its investment. According to the report, 79% of end users leverage file-based storage for unstructured data associated with mission-critical workloads....

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Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (PSTI) Stock: Is This Biotechnology Stock Worth Your Attention? PLURISTEM THERAPEUTICS INC. (PSTI) STOCK: IS THIS BIOTECHNOLOGY STOCK WORTH YOUR ATTENTION?

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Apr 03, 2019

Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (PSTI) is working its way for to the bottom in the market in today’s trading session. The stock, one that is focused in the biotech sector, is presently trading at $0.85 after heading down -9.91% so far in today’s session. In terms of biotechnology companies, ...

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aTyr Pharma, Inc. (LIFE) Stock: Is This Biotechnology Stock Worth Your Investment? ATYR PHARMA, INC. (LIFE) STOCK: IS THIS BIOTECHNOLOGY STOCK WORTH YOUR INVESTMENT?

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Apr 03, 2019

aTyr Pharma, Inc. (LIFE) is trending down in the market in today’s trading session. The company, focused in the biotechnology industry, is presently priced at $0.52 after tumbling -7.01% so far in today’s session. As it relates to biotechnology companies, there are a number of factors th...

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Biologist Researches Built Environments BIOLOGIST RESEARCHES BUILT ENVIRONMENTS

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Apr 03, 2019

If a cyclist zips toward you on a moonless night and the beacon on his helmet temporarily blinds you, it’s probably Willem Griffiths heading home from campus after an evening spent spying on the secret lives of drug-resistant superbugs. The 23-year-old biologist strives to see as much as he ca...

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The bioeconomy: Fungal biotechnology and wood lignocellulosic biomass THE BIOECONOMY: FUNGAL BIOTECHNOLOGY AND WOOD LIGNOCELLULOSIC BIOMASS

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Apr 03, 2019

The role of biotechnology in the global economy, promoted by the technological advances of the last decade, has enormously contributed to the bioeconomy, which refers to all economic activities based on the invention, development, production and use of processes and products of biological origin.

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FDA’s thinking on dietary ingredient status could hinder biotechnology advancements FDA’S THINKING ON DIETARY INGREDIENT STATUS COULD HINDER BIOTECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS

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Apr 03, 2019

The regulatory atmosphere contributes to the unsolved opportunity of biotechnology from a business perspective. Consider the spectrum of potential for future regulation(s). At one end of the spectrum, biotechnology can only be applied to drugs. As extreme a position as this appears, it is a viable o...

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According to the bioeconomy model, fungal biotechnology allows the environmentally friendly conversion of ligocellulosic biomass ACCORDING TO THE BIOECONOMY MODEL, FUNGAL BIOTECHNOLOGY ALLOWS THE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CONVERSION OF LIGOCELLULOSIC BIOMASS

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Apr 03, 2019

The role of biotechnology in the global economy, promoted by the technological advances of the last decade, has enormously contributed to the bioeconomy, which refers to all economic activities based on the invention, development, production and use of processes and products of biological origin.

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A New Way for Scientists to Connect A NEW WAY FOR SCIENTISTS TO CONNECT

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Apr 03, 2019

We are fortunate to have numerous opportunities to pursue various careers in science. Yet when it comes to navigating the field, little is available to support people when choosing their path. Other professions have resources dedicated to staffing, such as external recruiting firms whose sole job it...

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Americans Are Fairly Happy at Work, but What About the Life Sciences Industry? AMERICANS ARE FAIRLY HAPPY AT WORK, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY?

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Apr 02, 2019

According to the work survey of about 8,000 employed adults in the U.S., 85 percent of those who responded said that they are “very or somewhat satisfied with their jobs.” While that’s a lot of happiness in the workplace, the survey shows that only 9 percent of respondents posted t...

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NAB 2019: Cloud Solutions on Hand From MESA Members NAB 2019: CLOUD SOLUTIONS ON HAND FROM MESA MEMBERS

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Apr 02, 2019

This is the first of two stories previewing some of the cloud solutions being showcased at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. Members of the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) representing the workflow solutions space at the 2019 NAB Show discussed here include Akamai, AWS, Car...

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Three easy measures to predict metabolic syndrome in elderly THREE EASY MEASURES TO PREDICT METABOLIC SYNDROME IN ELDERLY

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Apr 02, 2019

New Rochelle, NY, April 2, 2019--A new study found a surprisingly high rate of metabolic syndrome among individuals aged 60-100 years. Three easy-to-measure anthropometric indicators were predictive of metabolic syndrome in both men and women and could be useful for indicating the need for preventiv...

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Intensive Insider Activity Reported In Puma Biotechnology, Inc. (PBYI) INTENSIVE INSIDER ACTIVITY REPORTED IN PUMA BIOTECHNOLOGY, INC. (PBYI)

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Apr 02, 2019

With 0.37 sell/buy ratio, Puma Biotechnology, Inc. (NASDAQ:PBYI) experienced more insider buying than insider selling over the last three months. Could this be a sign for outside investors to start buying as well? PBYI recorded 12 sales on the open market in the last three months. They sold nearly 2...

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Carving Out The Technicals For Puma Biotechnology (PBYI) CARVING OUT THE TECHNICALS FOR PUMA BIOTECHNOLOGY (PBYI)

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Apr 02, 2019

Asian stock markets were mixed and muted Wednesday, opening higher as oil issues drove higher on strong crude prices, and as property stocks built on profit expectations. But markets turned cautious in afternoon trading in front of the pending US Federal Reserve Board rate announcement. Hong Kong an...

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Watching Ichimoku Levels for This Stock: Unity Biotechnology, Inc. (:UBX): Cloud Conversion Line reading is 8.095 WATCHING ICHIMOKU LEVELS FOR THIS STOCK: UNITY BIOTECHNOLOGY, INC. (:UBX): CLOUD CONVERSION LINE READING IS 8.095

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Apr 02, 2019

Investors have a wide range of tools at their disposal when undertaking stock research. Many investors will opt to use a combination of technical and fundamental analysis. Staying on top of the stock market is no easy task. Knowing what information is important and how to interpret that information ...

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C3J Therapeutics Announces Issuance of U.S. Patent Covering Synthetic Bacteriophage C3J THERAPEUTICS ANNOUNCES ISSUANCE OF U.S. PATENT COVERING SYNTHETIC BACTERIOPHAGE

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Apr 02, 2019

a private clinical stage biotechnology company focused on the development of novel targeted antimicrobials based on bacteriophage, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued patent No. 10,221,398, entitled “Compositions of and Methods for In Vitro Vir...

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Releasing the Handbrake on Exosome Applications RELEASING THE HANDBRAKE ON EXOSOME APPLICATIONS

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Apr 02, 2019

Exosome are tiny vesicles that are derived from multivesicular endosomes. They are released from cells and have been shown to persist in the circulation for hours. As exosomes contain a variety of components (including proteins, lipids, mRNA and DNA) and are taken up by target cells, they are though...

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Where Are the Black Hemp Farmers? WHERE ARE THE BLACK HEMP FARMERS?

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Apr 01, 2019

Clarenda Stanley-Anderson will be the featured farmer of Hemp History Week, an educational campaign in June focused on a newly legal crop that’s at the center of a risky, potentially billion-dollar industry. Stanley-Anderson is considered a pioneer in the nascent hemp agricultural community, f...

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Gene Therapy Industry Insights 2019 – 2023: Sangamo, Spark Therapeutics, Dimension Therapeutics and Bluebird Bio GENE THERAPY INDUSTRY INSIGHTS 2019 – 2023: SANGAMO, SPARK THERAPEUTICS, DIMENSION THERAPEUTICS AND BLUEBIRD BIO

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Apr 01, 2019

Global Gene Therapy Market research report contributes to the appreciable conditions of different markets all over the world. It also highlights the in-depth, extensive and qualified study of Gene Therapy market. This research report provides a competent and systematic approach to exploring the Gene...

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Is it the Age of the Bacteriophage? IS IT THE AGE OF THE BACTERIOPHAGE?

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Apr 01, 2019

Did you know that your average life expectancy in the 1920s would have only been age 47? That jumped to 78 after Penicillin was created in 1928, helping us gain about 30 years of life! Unfortunately, no new classes of antibiotics have been discovered since 1987 and antibiotic resistance is now reach...

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OncoSec Announces Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product Classification from the EMA for TAVO™ in Refractory Metastatic Melanoma ONCOSEC ANNOUNCES ADVANCED THERAPY MEDICINAL PRODUCT CLASSIFICATION FROM THE EMA FOR TAVO™ IN REFRACTORY METASTATIC MELANOMA

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Apr 01, 2019

Only innovative investigational product candidates that are based on gene, tissue or cell therapy are qualified for classification as advanced therapy medicinal products. The classification of TAVO as an ATMP is a significant step toward its potential accelerated approval in Europe.

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CRISPR: A Powerful Lab Tool and a Boon to Gene Therapy CRISPR: A POWERFUL LAB TOOL AND A BOON TO GENE THERAPY

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Apr 01, 2019

This is an exciting time for the field of gene therapy. It feels as if there is a renaissance underway following a difficult two decades when the community had to retrench, learning and recovering from the tragic setbacks in clinical trials in the United States and France.

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The giant jellyfish genome and the evolution of hunting THE GIANT JELLYFISH GENOME AND THE EVOLUTION OF HUNTING

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Mar 29, 2019

Despite their seemingly simple appearance, jellyfish might help us understand how complex animal life evolved over hundreds of millions of years. In this blog, the authors of a new paper in BMC Biology explain what they found from the genome of the giant Nomura’s jellyfish.

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Reducing numbers of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes using gene drive technology: a modelling approach REDUCING NUMBERS OF MALARIA-TRANSMITTING MOSQUITOES USING GENE DRIVE TECHNOLOGY: A MODELLING APPROACH

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Mar 29, 2019

Malaria-transmitting mosquitoes pose a serious threat to human health, and numerous approaches to reduce these disease-vectors are currently in use or development – including release of genetically modified mosquitoes. Here, Dr Ace North describes his recent paper in BMC Biology, showing how m...

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Kick-starting the immune response – the shifting landscape of immuno-oncology KICK-STARTING THE IMMUNE RESPONSE – THE SHIFTING LANDSCAPE OF IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY

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Mar 29, 2019

The landscape of cancer treatment has changed dramatically in the last seven years, beginning with the approval of Ipilmumab in 2011, the first immunotherapy drug. Efforts to unsheathe the tumour cells of their protective microenvironment and expose them to an active immune response have delivered s...

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Heating up tumours could make CAR T therapy more effective HEATING UP TUMOURS COULD MAKE CAR T THERAPY MORE EFFECTIVE

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Mar 28, 2019

A pre-clinical study led by scientists at the University of California Los Angeles Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center suggests that heating solid tumors during CAR T-cell therapy can enhance the treatment’s success. The researchers found that when a heating technique called photothermal ablat...

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Reporting on the Status of Clones During Database Development REPORTING ON THE STATUS OF CLONES DURING DATABASE DEVELOPMENT

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Mar 27, 2019

Phil Factor uses SQL Clone, PowerShell and Visio to build a live 'clone network' diagram showing when there was last activity on each clone, and the number of object changes made to each one, alongside useful metadata such as the clone and image sizes, who created them and when. SQL Clone&rs...

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High-tech Melanin Might Help Put Technology Inside Our Bodies HIGH-TECH MELANIN MIGHT HELP PUT TECHNOLOGY INSIDE OUR BODIES

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Mar 27, 2019

We have a complicated relationship with melanin, the natural chemical pigment that gives color to our eyes, hair and skin. It protects our skin from harmful radiation from the sun, but can also lead to cancer. Theres also the whole matter of discrimination based on differences in physical appearance...

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Biotech M&A Theme Builds Momentum BIOTECH M&A THEME BUILDS MOMENTUM

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Mar 26, 2019

The biotech sector has continued to participate in the market rally. One of the reasons is the strength in biopharma M&A activity, which provides unique support for valuations and particularly assists the small-and-midcap biotech companies. We briefly highlight some of the recent transactions an...

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Considerations for the Development of a Liquid Biopsy Assay for Cancer CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A LIQUID BIOPSY ASSAY FOR CANCER

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Mar 26, 2019

For a liquid biopsy test, one needs to obtain DNA from the blood that is representative of the cancer. Cells shed from a growing tumour into the blood stream; circulating tumour cells (CTCs) can be isolated and used to extract DNA for the purposes of testing. A much easier way is to isolate the DNA ...

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Over 400 genes associated with schizophrenia identified OVER 400 GENES ASSOCIATED WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA IDENTIFIED

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Mar 26, 2019

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have applied a novel machine learning method to identify 413 genetic associations with schizophrenia across 13 brain regions. As described in the February issue of Nature Genetics, examining gene expression at the tissue level allowed resear...

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CRISPR-Chip enables digital detection of DNA without amplification CRISPR-CHIP ENABLES DIGITAL DETECTION OF DNA WITHOUT AMPLIFICATION

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Mar 26, 2019

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) Assistant Professor and University of California, Berkeley Visiting Scientist Kiana Aran is the first to combine the power of CRISPR’s nucleic acid targeting with the ultra sensitivity of graphene, making it possible to digitally detect DNA without amplification.

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Step it up for Research STEP IT UP FOR RESEARCH

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Mar 25, 2019

Regular physical activity is important for good health. Research has shown that exercise can help prevent such things as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. But just how much activity does the average person get? And do people in good health have distinctly different activity patterns compared to t...

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Repeatability vs. Reproducibility REPEATABILITY VS. REPRODUCIBILITY

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Mar 25, 2019

Repeatability is a measure of the likelihood that, having produced one result from an experiment, you can try the same experiment, with the same setup, and produce that exact same result. It’s a way for researchers to verify that their own results are true and are not just chance artifacts.

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The key to brain health: Light but frequent exercise THE KEY TO BRAIN HEALTH: LIGHT BUT FREQUENT EXERCISE

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Mar 25, 2019

Researchers are finding new evidence that exercises even low-intensity, casual physical activity can boost brain health in the short- and long-term. Evidence that exercise can benefit the brain and help maintain cognitive function including memory is accumulating. One study, for instance, suggests t...

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The key to greater efficacy in cancer treatment? THE KEY TO GREATER EFFICACY IN CANCER TREATMENT?

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Mar 25, 2019

Researchers have discovered a new clue in explaining how cancer cells with identical genomes can respond differently to the same therapy. In a Nature Communications paper published on 21st March 2019, researchers reveal for the first time that the number of mitochondria in a cell is, in great part, ...

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Where Does Brexit Leave European Biotech? WHERE DOES BREXIT LEAVE EUROPEAN BIOTECH?

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Mar 25, 2019

In the next couple of months, the UK will officially exit the EU, in a move that is popularly known as Brexit. With this date fast approaching, companies, organizations, and individuals all over the world have speculated about how Brexit might impact them. According to the UK Prime Minister, Theresa...

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New Tool Empowers Population Genetics NEW TOOL EMPOWERS POPULATION GENETICS

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Mar 25, 2019

A sophisticated new analysis tool developed by Florida State University scientists may signal a new era in the study of population genetics. Their model, which incorporates advanced mathematical strategies, could help revolutionize the way researchers investigate the spread and distribution of dange...

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Osteoporosis: New tools help pinpoint potential risk genes OSTEOPOROSIS: NEW TOOLS HELP PINPOINT POTENTIAL RISK GENES

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Mar 25, 2019

A combination of powerful tools has helped scientists identify two new genes that could contribute to osteoporosis through their effect on bone density. The finding could lead to better treatments for the bone-weakening disease. The study, by researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philad...

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Synthetic biology has real-world applications SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY HAS REAL-WORLD APPLICATIONS

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Mar 25, 2019

Research and technology development focused on synthetic biology (synbio) and systems biology are expanding, as are its real-world applications. Even as more traditional synbio approaches, which involve engineering microbes to produce novel drugs or chemicals and creating entirely new microorganisms...

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Blue Brain Solves A Century-Old Neuroscience Problem BLUE BRAIN SOLVES A CENTURY-OLD NEUROSCIENCE PROBLEM

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Mar 22, 2019

For nearly 100 years, scientists have been trying to name cells. They have been describing them in the same way that Darwin described animals and trees. Now the Blue Brain Project has developed a mathematical algorithm to objectively classify the shapes of the neurons in the brain,” explains P...

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High-Fructose Corn Syrup Promotes Tumor Growth In Mice HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP PROMOTES TUMOR GROWTH IN MICE

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Mar 22, 2019

Consuming the equivalent of one can of soda per day caused mice predisposed to colon cancer to develop larger tumors, according to a study by Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian investigators. The study, published March 22 in the journal Science, shows how high-fructose corn syrup f...

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How sugary drinks can fuel and accelerate cancer growth HOW SUGARY DRINKS CAN FUEL AND ACCELERATE CANCER GROWTH

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Mar 22, 2019

Is there a direct link between the added sugars in soft drinks and the growth of cancer tumors? The findings of a new study may settle this question. Researchers acknowledge that obesity increases the risk of cancer, and some studies even consider the existence of a causal relationship between ...

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Weight loss: WEIGHT LOSS: 'TELLING SOMEONE TO IMPROVE THEIR DIET DOESN'T WORK'

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Mar 22, 2019

Doctors often advise people who are overweight to lose weight by improving their dietary habits or becoming more physically active. However, the results of a new study suggest that such generic advice does not empower people to succeed in their weight loss efforts. According to data that the Ce...

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Genome catalog bolsters global microbiome research GENOME CATALOG BOLSTERS GLOBAL MICROBIOME RESEARCH

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Mar 22, 2019

The largest-yet attempt to characterize the global diversity of the human microbiome the population of microbes that live in our bodies have found 4,930 species, 77 percent of which were previously unknown. Nearly half of all children with autism have at least one digestive issue, which may be assoc...

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DOES SPACE TRAVEL ACTIVATE VIRUSES? DOES SPACE TRAVEL ACTIVATE VIRUSES?

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Mar 22, 2019

NASA researchers determined that spaceflight may cause viruses like herpes, chickenpox, and shingles to activate. Over 100 short and long-term space mission astronauts were tested, and over half were shown to shed viruses after their missions. This was not only an increase over their viral levels be...

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The 2017 Canadian biotech imperative: Remaining competitive in the face of uncertainty THE 2017 CANADIAN BIOTECH IMPERATIVE: REMAINING COMPETITIVE IN THE FACE OF UNCERTAINTY

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Mar 22, 2019

2016 was certainly an active year for the Canadian biotech ecosystem as several early stage Canadian companies including Northern Biologics, Zymeworks, Highland Therapeutics, Cynapsus and Innovative Targeting Solutions all hit milestones and enjoyed significant growth. Moreover, the federal Venture ...

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Targeting TGF-β Signaling in Cancer: A Double-edged Sword TARGETING TGF-Β SIGNALING IN CANCER: A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD

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Mar 21, 2019

Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β signaling is an attractive therapeutic target as it is deregulated in many cancers. But challenges remain around developing inhibitors that can specifically block tumor-promoting activities while preserving its tumor suppressive effects. “Cell signaling ...

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Childhood trauma in patients with severe mental disorders linked to shorter telomeres CHILDHOOD TRAUMA IN PATIENTS WITH SEVERE MENTAL DISORDERS LINKED TO SHORTER TELOMERES

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Mar 21, 2019

Research published today in the open access Nature journal Translational Psychiatry, found patients with severe mental disorders who had experienced childhood abuse to have shorter telomeres, a predictor of biological age. Here, Monica Aas, lead author of the study, tells us about the findings and w...

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Are Eurocentric Genetic Databases Hampering Health Care? ARE EUROCENTRIC GENETIC DATABASES HAMPERING HEALTH CARE?

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Mar 21, 2019

A commentary published today in the journal Cell offers evidence of a stunning imbalance in the population groups that participate in genetic and genomic research, which can underlie some health care inequities. A glance at the pie chart below, which represents many genome-wide association studies (...

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5 Things Food Manufacturing Africa Wants You to Know About Product Testing 5 THINGS FOOD MANUFACTURING AFRICA WANTS YOU TO KNOW ABOUT PRODUCT TESTING

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Mar 20, 2019

Food Manufacturing Africa is a journal that provides the latest news and trends about the manufacturing and processing of food and beverages from raw material sourcing to manufacturing and packaging, right down to the distribution and marketing of finished goods across the African continent. In its ...

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Is your assay really optimized? IS YOUR ASSAY REALLY OPTIMIZED?

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Mar 20, 2019

In response to the question “Is your assay really optimized?” the answer we hear the most is “It’s good enough” So if your process isn’t broken, why on earth would you consider fixing it? But what if there were significant assay performance, cost and time benefits...

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Fast track your biotech breakthroughs: Four “I”s in custom lab automation FAST TRACK YOUR BIOTECH BREAKTHROUGHS: FOUR “I”S IN CUSTOM LAB AUTOMATION

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Mar 20, 2019

When it’s time to move your biotechnology breakthrough towards commercialization, your specific application workflows may require a custom approach to lab automation. If your requirements are uncommon, there may be no off-the-shelf products available for you to compare and test. Even the custo...

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Slaughter and May chooses Hong Kong once more for rare partner hire SLAUGHTER AND MAY CHOOSES HONG KONG ONCE MORE FOR RARE PARTNER HIRE

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Mar 20, 2019

Traditionally phobic to partner hires, Slaughter and May has recruited in Hong Kong again almost a year after its previous move in the jurisdiction, this time recruiting Jing Chen as partner from the Listing Division of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX). Chen re-joins the firm having b...

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Drug discovery from the age of information to the age of intelligence DRUG DISCOVERY FROM THE AGE OF INFORMATION TO THE AGE OF INTELLIGENCE

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Mar 20, 2019

Data drives drug discovery, yet it continues to be among the biggest challenges faced by the industry.1 Experiments are often not repeatable and data interpretation is subject to the biases and limitations of human beings.

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Mass Spectrometry is Advancing Cancer Research in Leaps and Bounds MASS SPECTROMETRY IS ADVANCING CANCER RESEARCH IN LEAPS AND BOUNDS

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Mar 20, 2019

From picking out cancerous tissue areas during diagnosis to uncovering novel biomarkers of early detection, mass spectrometry (MS) has become an indispensable analytical technique in cancer research. In the past few years, we have seen significant advances in MS instrumentation that allow for more s...

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Scientists Revealed How Probiotics Influence Human Gut Bacteria SCIENTISTS REVEALED HOW PROBIOTICS INFLUENCE HUMAN GUT BACTERIA

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Mar 20, 2019

A group of researchers from ITMO University and Knomics company studied how gut microbiota of 150 volunteers changed after a month of regular consumption of yogurt fortified with probiotics. The study showed that such a diet increases the proportion of beneficial gut bacteria, which, in turn, can po...

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Why narcolepsy is an autoimmune condition WHY NARCOLEPSY IS AN AUTOIMMUNE CONDITION

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Mar 20, 2019

Previous research has suggested that narcolepsy may be an autoimmune condition. Now, a new paper published in the journal Nature Communications finds additional evidence that this may be the case. Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological condition that affects a person's sleep-wake cycle. The condit...

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Unlocking the Potential of Fast DNA Synthesis UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF FAST DNA SYNTHESIS

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Mar 20, 2019

While the price and speed of reading DNA have dropped massively, writing DNA fast and affordable still remains a challenge. Philip talked to Sylvain Gariel, COO of the French company DNA Script, who strives to reinvent DNA synthesis. DNA has become a basic necessity in any biology lab. Thanks to new...

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What are the health benefits of dark chocolate? WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF DARK CHOCOLATE?

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Mar 19, 2019

Dark chocolate is rich in minerals, such as iron, magnesium, and zinc. The cocoa in dark chocolate also contains antioxidants called flavonoids, which may provide several health benefits. Chocolate comes from cacao, which is a plant with high levels of minerals and antioxidants. Commercial milk choc...

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CBD for cancer: Everything you need to know CBD FOR CANCER: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Mar 19, 2019

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of many cannabinoids in the cannabis plant gaining popularity in the world of natural medicine because it appears to offer the body many benefits. While there is some debate around the topic, some people suggest using CBD in the treatment of cancer. Although it is to...

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How Gene-Edited Sugarcane Could Reduce Society’s Environmental Footprint HOW GENE-EDITED SUGARCANE COULD REDUCE SOCIETY’S ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT

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Mar 19, 2019

Australia’s University of Queensland is currently conducting research on how gene editing could tailor sugarcane to efficiently produce bioplastics and biofuels. From soda bottles to ethanol, researchers are testing multiple varieties of sugarcane that could be used in new applications that wo...

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Cells Remember Gene Repression CELLS REMEMBER GENE REPRESSION

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Mar 19, 2019

Epigenetic memory of transcriptional gene silencing has been observed in several organisms. However, it was not known whether mechanisms exist that convey transgenerational memory of a silencing “experience”, without silencing the gene permanently. The Bühler group has now found suc...

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Response to Skin Fungi Pivotal in Dermatitis Pathway RESPONSE TO SKIN FUNGI PIVOTAL IN DERMATITIS PATHWAY

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Mar 19, 2019

How does the immune system respond to fungi on our skin? Researchers at the University of Zurich have demonstrated that the same immune cells that protect us against skin fungi also encourage the inflammatory symptoms of atopic dermatitis. An antibody therapy could alleviate this chronic inflammator...

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The Search for a Better Biofuel: Can Biotech Deliver? THE SEARCH FOR A BETTER BIOFUEL: CAN BIOTECH DELIVER?

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Mar 19, 2019

With dire climate change reports landing one after another in 2018 the need for sustainable, scalable, and affordable biofuels to aid in this transition to a more sustainable future has never been greater. Ticking all three boxes is no easy task, but the biotech sector has several promising solution...

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From Mirror-image Biology to Enhanced Therapeutic Proteins FROM MIRROR-IMAGE BIOLOGY TO ENHANCED THERAPEUTIC PROTEINS

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Mar 19, 2019

Almost all biological molecules exist as two different spatial structures that are related to each other like image and mirror image. These molecules are referred to as enantiomers. Much like one's right and left hands, they cannot be superimposed on each other. Depending on the direction in whi...

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Machine Learning Tracks Moving Cells MACHINE LEARNING TRACKS MOVING CELLS

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Mar 19, 2019

Both developing babies and elderly adults share a common characteristic: the many cells making up their bodies are always on the move. As we humans commute to work, cells migrate through the body to get their jobs done. Biologists have long struggled to quantify the movement and changing the morphol...

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Epigenetic protein could be new therapeutic target in acute myeloid leukemia EPIGENETIC PROTEIN COULD BE NEW THERAPEUTIC TARGET IN ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA

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Mar 19, 2019

British researchers have discovered that an epigenetic protein called EZH2 delays the development of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) but then switches sides once the disease is established to help maintain tumor growth. The study suggests that targeting EZH2 could, therefore, be an effective treatment ...

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Genomics Is Driving New Opportunities in Genetic Disease Research GENOMICS IS DRIVING NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN GENETIC DISEASE RESEARCH

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Mar 19, 2019

Even among scientists, there is some blurring and some overlap in the usage of the words "genetics" and "genomics." In this article that looks at a slice of the interaction between these two disciplines, a distinction must be made. "Genetics" concerns the study of a sin...

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Biologists develop new method of cloning BIOLOGISTS DEVELOP NEW METHOD OF CLONING

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Mar 19, 2019

DNA, which contains the genetic information of an organism, consists of long chains of nucleotides. In order to study the functions based on the sequence of these building blocks, DNA molecules must be inserted in carrier molecules (plasmid-vectors) to be multiplied. For this cloning process, a rese...

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Electron Microscopy Promises to Take Additive Manufacturing to the Next Level ELECTRON MICROSCOPY PROMISES TO TAKE ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

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Mar 18, 2019

Additive manufacturing is expected to revolutionize manufacturing across a wide range of industries. McKinsey & Co. calls the technique “a long-term game changer for manufacturers” and predicts the overall economic impact will reach $100 billion to $250 billion by 2025. As additive m...

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Key Short-Chain PFAS Not Carcinogenic, Not Hormone Disruptor KEY SHORT-CHAIN PFAS NOT CARCINOGENIC, NOT HORMONE DISRUPTOR

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Mar 18, 2019

Three new recently published studies supported by Fluoro Council in the peer-reviewed journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology support the conclusion that perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA), a key short-chain perfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS), presents negligible risk to  umans.  These art...

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A DNA Switch for Whole-body Regeneration A DNA SWITCH FOR WHOLE-BODY REGENERATION

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Mar 18, 2019

When it comes to regeneration, some animals are capable of amazing feats - if you cut the leg off a salamander, it will grow back. When threatened, some geckos drop their tails as a distraction and regrow them later. Other animals take the process even further. Planarian worms, jellyfish, and sea an...

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"Swinging" Genes Maintain Skeletal Muscle Stem Cell Numbers "SWINGING" GENES MAINTAIN SKELETAL MUSCLE STEM CELL NUMBERS

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Mar 18, 2019

Periodic fluctuations in gene expression, which was previously only known to occur in neural stem cells, has been identified in muscle stem cells. This oscillation is thought to be crucial in helping maintain muscle stem cell numbers. When a muscle grows or a muscle injury heals, some of the stem ce...

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Most Teens Report Using Marijuana Less Often After Legalization MOST TEENS REPORT USING MARIJUANA LESS OFTEN AFTER LEGALIZATION

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Mar 18, 2019

Only one group of teenagers used marijuana more often after retail sales were legalized in Washington than they did before high school seniors who work 11 or more hours per week, according to new research led by a WSU College of Nursing professor. Marijuana use went down significantly among 8th and ...

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Ticagrelor reversal agent provides immediate and sustained relief TICAGRELOR REVERSAL AGENT PROVIDES IMMEDIATE AND SUSTAINED RELIEF

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Mar 18, 2019

In patients with acute coronary syndromes, coronary artery stenting, or a history of prior heart attacks, antiplatelet therapy can be lifesaving. Ticagrelor, in combination with aspirin, is commonly prescribed for patients to help prevent blood clotting and subsequent cardiovascular events. But tica...

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Coffee compound could inhibit prostate cancer COFFEE COMPOUND COULD INHIBIT PROSTATE CANCER

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Mar 18, 2019

Scientists have identified compounds found in coffee which may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer. This pilot study was carried out on drug-resistant cancer cells in cell culture and in a mouse model and has not yet been tested in humans. The work was presented at the European Association of Urol...

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Gene Therapies in Rare Disease: From R&D to Regulatory Approval GENE THERAPIES IN RARE DISEASE: FROM R&D TO REGULATORY APPROVAL

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Mar 18, 2019

Advancements in science and technology have helped researchers develop new treatments for some of the most common diseases known to man. Diseases that were once considered death sentences are now chronic conditions, and some can even be cured.

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Breast cancer: Does stress fuel its spread? BREAST CANCER: DOES STRESS FUEL ITS SPREAD?

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Mar 16, 2019

New research in mouse models shows that stress hormones can help breast cancer grow, spread, and diversify, which makes it harder to treat.  Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. In the United States, there were about 266,120 new cases last year, according to the National Can...

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Why biotechnology can be Indian economy WHY BIOTECHNOLOGY CAN BE INDIAN ECONOMY'S NEXT SUCCESS STORY

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Mar 16, 2019

Over the last two-to-three decades, the major success story of the Indian economy has been the stellar growth of its IT industry. But as the dividends from the sector reach the eventual inflection point, India needs to build similar competencies in other industries to ensure sustained growth and pro...

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Six tips to help match your liquid handling components with chemical compatibility SIX TIPS TO HELP MATCH YOUR LIQUID HANDLING COMPONENTS WITH CHEMICAL COMPATIBILITY

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Mar 15, 2019

The demand for advanced medical and diagnostic testing continues to accelerate. Laboratories, hospitals, and emerging consumer genomics companies are demanding quicker test sequences resulting in the design and development of new innovative and responsive test protocols. These new tests include the ...

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“Mastermind” Scientists Help Diagnose Rare Diseases “MASTERMIND” SCIENTISTS HELP DIAGNOSE RARE DISEASES

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Mar 15, 2019

Rare diseases are problematic for clinicians and scientists as it is extremely challenging to study their etiology. It’s therefore a sad reality that many patients suffering from rare conditions often do not receive a diagnosis, making their care management a difficult process. The Rare Genomi...

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Biosensor may provide better cancer diagnosis BIOSENSOR MAY PROVIDE BETTER CANCER DIAGNOSIS

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Mar 15, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have developed a new biological sensor that could help clinicians better diagnose cancer and epilepsy. Biological sensors monitor small molecules, ions,  and protons and are vital as a medical diagnostic. Even the simplest signals, such ...

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Developing Scalable Flow Chemistry for a Variety of Chemical Transformations DEVELOPING SCALABLE FLOW CHEMISTRY FOR A VARIETY OF CHEMICAL TRANSFORMATIONS

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Mar 15, 2019

We recently spoke to Oliver Kappe to learn more about the focus of his laboratory. Kappe highlights the key properties of continuous-flow microreactors that make them well-suited to preparing pharmaceuticals, and also touches on the topic of his upcoming talk at the 2019 Flow Chemistry and Continuou...

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Exploring Sleep and Genetics on World Sleep Day 2019 EXPLORING SLEEP AND GENETICS ON WORLD SLEEP DAY 2019

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Mar 15, 2019

March 15, 2019, marks World Sleep Day, an annual event organized by the World Sleep Society to celebrate sleep and to emphasize the importance of issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. Today, we explore the scientific research that looks at the links betw...

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USP15 enzyme could have role in the future treatment of cancer USP15 ENZYME COULD HAVE ROLE IN THE FUTURE TREATMENT OF CANCER

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Mar 15, 2019

Researchers at the George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center found that the enzyme USP15 could potentially lead to new treatments for breast and pancreatic cancer. “With this study, we validate the role of USP15 in maintaining genome stability and tumor suppression and inform novel treat...

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93 percent of medications contain 93 PERCENT OF MEDICATIONS CONTAIN 'POTENTIAL ALLERGENS'

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Mar 15, 2019

According to a recent study, many of the medicine ingredients that people consider to be inactive may, in fact, cause health problems for some consumers. Alongside the active components in medicines, there is almost always a list of other ingredients. Manufacturers add these inactive components for ...

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Tierra Biosciences is Moving Biological Manufacturing to The Mainstream TIERRA BIOSCIENCES IS MOVING BIOLOGICAL MANUFACTURING TO THE MAINSTREAM

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Mar 14, 2019

With the continual demand for new therapeutics, the team at Tierra Biosciences (formerly Synvitrobio) is on a mission to derive natural products such as antibiotics from microbes. In a recent webinar, we spoke with Tierra CEO Zachary Sun to find out what makes the company unique. In the webinar, Sun...

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Tiny Protein Has Huge Potential in CRISPR TINY PROTEIN HAS HUGE POTENTIAL IN CRISPR

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Mar 14, 2019

An array of CRISPR proteins now exist, each presenting with their own unique properties. Last year the smallest CRISPR protein, Cas14 was discovered. This CRISPR protein’s tiny size means that it is hyper-specific in the delivery of gene editing. Now, Mammoth Biosciences has received exclusive...

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Machine-learning model to analyse protein sequences MACHINE-LEARNING MODEL TO ANALYSE PROTEIN SEQUENCES

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Mar 14, 2019

Researchers have demonstrated how machine learning can analyze sequences of proteins providing a wealth of information on the structure of proteins, their function, and their evolutionary features. Sequences of molecules, called amino acids, make up proteins. These amino acids determine the function...

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Drug Target Review Issue 1 2019 DRUG TARGET REVIEW ISSUE 1 2019

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Mar 14, 2019

In this issue: AI-driven automated chemistry as a tool to accelerate drug discovery processes, the shifting landscape of immuno-oncology, and how lipid molecules provide an insight into biological research.

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Careers in Bioinformatics: Hot and Getting Hotter CAREERS IN BIOINFORMATICS: HOT AND GETTING HOTTER

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Mar 13, 2019

The term big data is usually used to describe—surprise! —large volumes of data, both structured and unstructured. That means data generated across an organization or enterprise such as sales figures, website clicks, etc. In biopharma, it can include that information, but increasingly mea...

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Type 2 diabetes: Work stress may raise risk in women TYPE 2 DIABETES: WORK STRESS MAY RAISE RISK IN WOMEN

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Mar 13, 2019

A new review featuring in the European Journal of Endocrinology suggests that a stressful work environment may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in women. More than 100 million people in the United States have diabetes or prediabetes, according to the latest statistics.

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Acoustic Liquid Handling Enables 40x Reduction in Volume for DNA Assemblies ACOUSTIC LIQUID HANDLING ENABLES 40X REDUCTION IN VOLUME FOR DNA ASSEMBLIES

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Mar 13, 2019

Miniaturization throughout a workflow is a key part of lowering costs and speeding up the synthesis of DNA constructs. Here, we'll take a closer look at this process and see how using the NEB NEBuilder® HiFI DNA Assembly Cloning Kit and the Labcyte® Echo® 525 Liquid Handler can achie...

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BMC Molecular and Cell Biology: one journal, one community, any organism BMC MOLECULAR AND CELL BIOLOGY: ONE JOURNAL, ONE COMMUNITY, ANY ORGANISM

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Mar 13, 2019

BMC Cell Biology has been recently relaunched as BMC Molecular and Cell Biology, with a revamped journal and scope. Here, Managing Editor Maria Hodges and Editor Alison Cuff tell us more about this exciting addition to the BMC series portfolio of journals.

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How can advances in computerized decision support systems best be used to improve antimicrobial stewardship? HOW CAN ADVANCES IN COMPUTERIZED DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS BEST BE USED TO IMPROVE ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP?

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Mar 13, 2019

Antimicrobial stewardship programs aim to ensure the responsible use of antibiotics, balancing the needs of the patient against the impact of broad-spectrum antibiotic use leading to antimicrobial resistance. Recently published research in Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control tests the e...

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How the Biotech Industry is Making Flavors Healthier and Eco-Friendly HOW THE BIOTECH INDUSTRY IS MAKING FLAVORS HEALTHIER AND ECO-FRIENDLY

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Mar 13, 2019

The food industry is under pressure to create products that don’t just taste great, but that is also good for our health and for the environment. Biotechnology is emerging as a solution to enjoy the flavors we love without damaging our bodies or nature. We’ve been adding flavor to our fo...

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HOW TUMOR CELLS ESCAPE T CELLS HOW TUMOR CELLS ESCAPE T CELLS

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Mar 12, 2019

Immunogenic tumor cells often display protein antigens at their surface, which can be recognized by T cells and serve as a signal for T cells to attack the tumor. However, one long-standing paradox is that tumor-specific T cells often co-exist with the tumor cells. If a T cell has already recognized...

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IBD: New approach to symptom relief looks promising IBD: NEW APPROACH TO SYMPTOM RELIEF LOOKS PROMISING

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Mar 12, 2019

Treatments that target inflammation directly don't work for many people with inflammatory bowel disease. Now, new research suggests that blocking a protein involved in blood clotting could be a promising alternative. After studying genetic data from lots of people with inflammatory bowel di...

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A Genetic Basis for Insomnia Emerges from the Twilight A GENETIC BASIS FOR INSOMNIA EMERGES FROM THE TWILIGHT

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Mar 12, 2019

Around a third of people complain of some sleeplessness, and one in 10 meets diagnostic criteria for clinical insomnia. The costs, in terms of well-being, physical health, and productivity, are enormous. From twin studies, researchers know the inability to fall or stay asleep has a genetic component...

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How preventable is sepsis-related death? HOW PREVENTABLE IS SEPSIS-RELATED DEATH?

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Mar 12, 2019

How prevalent and preventable is death from sepsis? A new study, recently published in the journal JAMA Network Open, investigates. Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition that develops from the body's overactive response to an infection. According to the National Institute of General Medical Sc...

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New brain stimulation therapy is effective against depression NEW BRAIN STIMULATION THERAPY IS EFFECTIVE AGAINST DEPRESSION

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Mar 12, 2019

A new clinical trial has tested the ability of a little-studied, noninvasive brain stimulation technique to treat the symptoms of major depression. The results, so far, have been more than promising. Researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine in Chapel Hill have ...

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Gut microbiome patterns associated with post-surgery complication risk GUT MICROBIOME PATTERNS ASSOCIATED WITH POST-SURGERY COMPLICATION RISK

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Mar 12, 2019

As we learn more about the microbiome through next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies, the more we become aware of the extent of its impact on us. Research published in BMC Microbiology now finds an association between differences in patients’ gut microbiomes and the chances of postopera...

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Biotechnology: The shadowy overlap of science and nature BIOTECHNOLOGY: THE SHADOWY OVERLAP OF SCIENCE AND NATURE

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Mar 12, 2019

Natural products are no stranger to scientific ingenuity. Picture chia seeds perfectly suspended throughout a ready-to-drink (RTD) beverage; capsule-in-capsule supplement technology; or a nondairy frozen dessert that hits the right notes for taste, texture and clean label appeal.

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Flow Cytometry Modernizes Apoptosis Assays FLOW CYTOMETRY MODERNIZES APOPTOSIS ASSAYS

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Mar 11, 2019

Apoptosis is a dynamic, multi-step, programmed cell death process. Improved understanding offers the promise of preventing cell death when inappropriate (such as in neurodegenerative disease), and triggering it when the body is invaded by rogue cancer cells.

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Navigating The European Court Of Justice Stance On GMOs NAVIGATING THE EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE STANCE ON GMOS

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Mar 11, 2019

“The breeder’s dream is, of course, of an agency which would enable him to produce at will a particular kind of mutation uncontaminated by others which would merely be a nuisance to him.” “There is as yet no indication from the genetics of how, or even whether, this could be ...

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Automated Microfluidic Systems for Gene Editing AUTOMATED MICROFLUIDIC SYSTEMS FOR GENE EDITING

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Mar 11, 2019

Technologies such as CRISPR are being utilized on a daily basis in an ever-growing number of research laboratories across the world, and it seems that the anticipated introduction of gene editing to the medical field may only be a stone's throw away. Before this happens, however, techniques need...

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How Can We Reduce Food Wastage? HOW CAN WE REDUCE FOOD WASTAGE?

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Mar 11, 2019

Food waste can be problematic at all-you-can-eat buffet-style restaurants or university dining halls for obvious reasons: With little incentive to pile less food on their plate, diners tend to overindulge. One way to curb such behavior is a food waste-reduction campaign, which serves as a low-cost s...

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Effort to Regulate Chemicals in Personal Care Products Commended EFFORT TO REGULATE CHEMICALS IN PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS COMMENDED

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Mar 11, 2019

The Endocrine Society applauded the reintroduction of a Senate bill that would give government regulators needed authority to protect consumers from exposure to hazardous endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in cosmetics and other personal care products. The Personal Care Products Safety Act, co-sp...

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Could sleep apnea be a risk factor for Alzheimer COULD SLEEP APNEA BE A RISK FACTOR FOR ALZHEIMER'S?

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Mar 11, 2019

The majority of people with sleep apnea do not receive a diagnosis. However, brain scans have revealed that there may be an association between this condition and a form of dementia. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), an estimated 22 million people in the United States have sl...

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Can we heal wounds by printing skin? CAN WE HEAL WOUNDS BY PRINTING SKIN?

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Mar 11, 2019

Printing layers of skin to help treat chronic wounds or burns may be on the horizon, thanks to a newly developed mobile skin bioprinting system. Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) in Winston-Salem, NC, have created a bioprinter that uses a person's own...

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Spotlight on e-health and m-health SPOTLIGHT ON E-HEALTH AND M-HEALTH

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Mar 11, 2019

eHealth – including digital technologies for health, health analytics, telehealth, and mobile health (mHealth) – has gone through a period of significant growth and maturity in recent years. Recently, I was pleased to edit a new Special Issue “Trends in eHealth and mHealth: technol...

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Are All Our Organs Vital? ARE ALL OUR ORGANS VITAL?

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Mar 11, 2019

Medicine has not always shown a lot of respect for the human body. Just think about the ghoulish disregard early surgeons had for our corporeal integrity. They poked holes in the skull and copiously drained blood with leeches or lancets a practice that remained a medical mainstay through the late 19...

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A Multi-Omics Database for Tomato Research and Breeding A MULTI-OMICS DATABASE FOR TOMATO RESEARCH AND BREEDING

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Mar 11, 2019

Ace. Beefsteak. Big Boy. Kumato. Early Girl. Roma. Sun Gold. San Marzano. These are just a few of the thousands of varieties of tomato plants available today. And while all of these varieties may be very different with respect to crop yield, disease resistance, fruit shape, color, and size, these tr...

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Danish Biotech to Develop CRISPR-Based Microbiome Treatments DANISH BIOTECH TO DEVELOP CRISPR-BASED MICROBIOME TREATMENTS

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Mar 11, 2019

SNIPR Biome has raised €43M in Series A funds to develop treatments that precisely target ‘bad’ bacteria using CRISPR gene editing while keeping the rest of the patient’s microbiome intact. Founded with €2.6M seed investment from the Lundbeck Foundation in 2017, SNIPR Bio...

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How yo-yo dieting impacts women HOW YO-YO DIETING IMPACTS WOMEN'S HEART HEALTH

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Mar 10, 2019

New research reveals worrying associations between yo-yo dieting and seven well-established markers of cardiovascular health. As if losing weight wasn't hard enough, up to 80 percent of people who manage to lose more than 10 percent of their body weight end up regaining the weight within a year....

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Does the rhetoric of consumer genetics aim to eliminate disability without mentioning it? DOES THE RHETORIC OF CONSUMER GENETICS AIM TO ELIMINATE DISABILITY WITHOUT MENTIONING IT?

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Mar 10, 2019

In 2011, poet and writer George Estreich wrote about the impact of biotechnology on family life in his first book, The Shape of the Eye. The memoir centers on how his family’s life was changed, and enriched, by the birth of his second child, Laura, who has Down syndrome.

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New drug may stop sepsis from reaching major organs NEW DRUG MAY STOP SEPSIS FROM REACHING MAJOR ORGANS

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Mar 09, 2019

Researchers discover a drug that has the potential to stop sepsis before the condition reaches major organs and becomes fatal. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when an existing infection such as one that develops in a cut, a respiratory infection, or a urinary tract infection ...

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Molecular diagnostics a closer look at sample to answer MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS A CLOSER LOOK AT SAMPLE TO ANSWER

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Mar 09, 2019

How to overcome challenges like inefficient workflow and a lack of suitably trained staff is the question increasingly facing laboratories in markets ranging from diagnostics to food and beverages. Could sample-to-answer systems be the answer? Molecular diagnostics, used to test specific sequences i...

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50 Years of Research Yields Viral Answers 50 YEARS OF RESEARCH YIELDS VIRAL ANSWERS

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Mar 08, 2019

Viruses depend on host cells for replication, but how does a virus induce its host to transcribe its own genetic information alongside that of the virus, thus producing daughter viruses? For decades, researchers have been studying a type of bacteriophage known as ‘lambda’ to try and find...

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Women Who are Changing the Game in Biotech WOMEN WHO ARE CHANGING THE GAME IN BIOTECH

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Mar 08, 2019

Fighting for diversity in the workplace is more than a “feel good” or “the right thing to do” proposition. Indeed, an environment of inclusion often broadens the talent pool and perspective of companies which, in turn, can make those companies more successful. Today we celebr...