GMO Apples Hit Marketplace

Emily BurkeGenetics, GMO, Ribonucleic Acid (RNA), The WEEKLY

Coming Soon To A Supermarket Near You Coming soon to a supermarket near you: apples that have been genetically modified to resist browning.  Dubbed Arctic Apples, the plants were approved two years ago by the USDA and will begin appearing on select retailers’ shelves in Midwestern U.S. states this month. Developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits (Summerland, B.C., Canada), the Arctic Apple also … Read More

New Hope For Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Emily BurkeAntisense, Biologics, Clinical Trials, Drug Development, Drug Targets, FDA, Genomics, Mechanism of Action, Orphan Disease, Orphan Drugs, Ribonucleic Acid (RNA), The WEEKLY

FIRST THERAPY APPROVED FOR SMA Squeaking by on December 23rd as the last new drug approval of 2016, Biogen’s (Cambridge, MA) Spinraza now provides hope for the thousands of families affected by a debilitating neuromuscular disorder known as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). SMA robs people of their ability to walk, eat, and ultimately, breathe. In addition to Spinraza, there are 13 … Read More