Drug Discovery 101

Drug Discovery 101

On the Road to New Medicines For most of the 20th century, we discovered new drugs by trial and error. Scientists investigated countless unrelated compounds in animals to see which improved disease symptoms. For instance, in the 1950s and 60s, British scientists at...

Gene Chips 101

PERSONAL GENOMICS TURNS HEADS IN BIOTECH 23andMe, the Silicon Valley based personal genomics company named for the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a normal human cell, is turning a few heads in the biotechnology industry lately. After a very public and still unresolved...
The Infinitesimal Engines of Biologics

The Infinitesimal Engines of Biologics

Last week, we examined cell lines—what they are, where they come from, and how companies use them in the discovery phase of drug development. This week, we turn to the critical role of cell lines in making those drugs. Although all drugs restore or improve our health,...