The Science Behind the Headlines

Biomanufacturing: How Biologics Are Made

Biomanufacturing: How Biologics Are Made

Putting Nature to Work There’s more than one way to skin a cat. Or make medicine, for that matter. It all depends on the kind—tabby or calico? Small molecule or biologic? One key feature that distinguishes biologic drugs such as monoclonal antibodies from small...

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CRISPR Babies

CRISPR Babies

Earlier this week, a research team at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China, announced the birth of twin girls whose genomes had been edited using CRISPR/Cas9. The work was done at an in vitrofertilization clinic prior to implantation of days-old embryos. The targeted gene, CCR5, produces a protein that the HIV virus uses to enter cells. Disrupting this gene means that the virus will not be able to infect the girls’ cells.

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The Science of Biotech

The Microbiome Magnified

The Microbiome Magnified

You'll Never Walk Alone Ready for a fascinating, “earthy” truth about ourselves? Our every surface and crevice teems with microbes—inside and out. In fact, bacterial cells in and on our body outnumber human cells by about ten to one. Most people walk around completely...

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Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

A Killer(-T) Nobel Prize In Medicine On October 1, James Allison, now at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and Tasuku Honjo, now at Kyoto University, won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The two scientists discovered the basis for today’s...

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Therapeutic Areas

 

Influenza: So S’not Funny

Influenza: So S’not Funny

Happy Flu Season! A throbbing headache, fever, chills—if you’ve ever enjoyed a few days off courtesy of influenza, you’ve got good reason to embrace the simple flu shot. Every year, millions of us roll up our sleeves and take our medicine. This WEEKLY reviews the ABCs of the flu virus and what you need to know about the vaccine.

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Cultivating Biologics From Plants?

Cultivating Biologics From Plants?

A FRESH LOOK AT TOBACCO AND BIOLOGICS Tobacco plants pioneering the production of monoclonal antibodies for an experimental Ebola treatment turned out to be quite the head scratcher for last Thursday’s WEEKLY readers. With tobacco's reputation polluting our recent...

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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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