The Science Behind the Headlines

An Epigenetic Liquid Biopsy

An Epigenetic Liquid Biopsy

A New Type of Liquid Biopsy Biopsy. It can bring to mind painful cutting, punching and poking. Thankfully, these important and potentially life-saving procedures have moved into the new millennium along with the rest of us. Liquid biopsies have become a hot area of...

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An Egg-cellent Idea

An Egg-cellent Idea

An Egg-cellent Idea "The incredible, edible egg." This advertising slogan created for the American Egg Board in the 1970s rings truer than ever. Here’s why: scientists at the Roslin Institute (Midlothian, Scotland), part of the University of Edinburgh, recently...

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Biotech for Non-Scientists

Attack Of The Tregs!!

Attack Of The Tregs!!

Attack Of The Tregs!! No matter what it sounds like, this subset of helper T-cells aren’t invaders from another planet. Nope, Tregs, or regulatory T-cells, come from New Jersey (don’t say it!) and elsewhere.  They suppress the immune system. These newcomers to the...

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MICROBIOME ADVENTURES, PART 2

MICROBIOME ADVENTURES, PART 2

The most recent Biotech Primer WEEKLY looked at a particularly productive new area of medicine courtesy of our own tiny personal zoo: the microbiome. We considered how resetting a person’s microbiome with a fecal matter transplant (FMT) aka bacteriotherapy can heal such troubling conditions as antibiotic-resistant C. difficile infections and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Thankfully for the millions suffering from these health conditions, acceptance of FMTs is growing. Now the research community is turning its attention to the specific components behind the microbiome’s healing potential. Several biotech companies are already developing more precisely-defined therapeutics. This work will foster better quality control and more comfortable formulations. Who wouldn’t prefer swallowing a capsule to undergoing an enema or colonoscopy?

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Wading Deeper Into Biomanufacturing

Wading Deeper Into Biomanufacturing

Wading Deeper Into Biomanufacturing Last week, we began our exploration of biomanufacturing--defining terms, introducing the different types of cells used in production, and explaining how manufacturers create cell banks to provide raw materials for the medicines some...

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Medical Devices & Diagnostics

Breath Biopsies

Breath Biopsies

A Breath Of Fresh Air For Diagnostics In the scary world of serious illness, early detection is crucial.  The sooner someone knows he has cancer or rheumatoid arthritis, for example, the sooner they can get moving with treatment.  Early detection means a greater...

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