The Science Behind the Headlines

The Race Against NASH

The Race Against NASH

Fighting A Silent Epidemic Consider the liver. It’s just one of the jumble of stuff inside that makes us tick, right? What do you really know about it though—other than it’s “vital”? In fact, the liver is your largest internal organ, and plays vital roles in...

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Stump The Clumps: New Drugs To Treat Amyloidosis

Stump The Clumps: New Drugs To Treat Amyloidosis

Stump The Clumps: New Drugs To Treat Amyloidosis We at the WEEKLY aim to keep you up on the coolest, latest innovations in biotech. Bonus: we might also help you win Jeopardy. Ready? The category is Rare Diseases for $1,000. The clue is “Amyloidosis.” Ding ding ding!...

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The Science of Biotech

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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