The Science Behind the Headlines

Getting The Jump On Alzheimer’s Disease

Getting The Jump On Alzheimer’s Disease

Getting The Jump On Alzheimer’s Disease Your dad has started losing his car keys, forgetting important dates, and even more alarming —is getting lost on the way to the grocery store. You’re thinking, “Is it Alzheimer’s?” Maybe it’s time for a trip to the doctor’s...

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Exosomes: Tiny Vesicles With Big Potential

Exosomes: Tiny Vesicles With Big Potential

Exosomes: Bio-trash to Bio-treasure We’ve all heard the phrase “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” It turns out that what often holds true for the antique business sometimes holds true for biotech as well. This WEEKLY shows how. Term of the Week: Exosome...

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Biotech for Non-Scientists

Turning On Cellular Garbage Disposals

Turning On Cellular Garbage Disposals

Proteasomes to the Rescue   Many drugs work by stopping overactive proteins that cause disease. The leukemia drug Gleevec, for example, is a small-molecule inhibitor (antagonist) of the protein Bcr-Abl, whose overactivity promotes excessive cell division. Humira...

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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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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 he can get started with treatment.  Early detection means a greater...

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