The Science Behind the Headlines

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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The Gut-Brain Axis

The Gut-Brain Axis

Decoding The Gut-Brain Axis Earlier this week, a newly published study made headlines for showing a direct link between the gut microbiome and depression. For the past several years, scientists have suspected a link between bugs in the gut and neurological health....

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Biotech for Non-Scientists

Pills, Peptides, & Proteins

Pills, Peptides, & Proteins

Promising Peptide Therapies   The front runners in the game of drug delivery include small molecule and large molecule drugs, but there is another class that lands right in between: peptides. Several companies, including Rhythm Pharmaceuticals (Boston, MA), Kalos...

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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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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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Medical Devices & Diagnostics

CRISPR’s GENOME DETECTIVES

CRISPR’s GENOME DETECTIVES

CRISPR’s GENOME DETECTIVES   Last week, we reviewed how CRISPR works and its potential to revolutionize genetic therapies. Here we look at how scientists have started using this technology to develop new diagnostics. Media attention has been focusing almost...

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