The ABCs Of mRNA Vaccines

The ABCs Of mRNA Vaccines

News of positive data from Moderna’s (Cambridge, MA) Phase I trial of a COVID-19 vaccine has dominated this week’s headlines. Their vaccine is an mRNA-based vaccine—an entirely new approach to not only vaccines but also to therapeutics.  mRNA-based drugs...
Zika On The Brain

Zika On The Brain

The Latest On The Rise Of Zika The spread of the Zika virus is raising alarm bells in the United States, and Congress has yet to pass any legislation to combat the fight. Zika infections reported in Miami confirm the virus’ stateside arrival, pushing residents to take...
Drugging The Undruggable

Drugging The Undruggable

Antagonists Fight A Good Fight Small molecule inhibitors, also known as antagonists in the industry, fight a good fight. In fact, many drugs on the market today work by inhibiting overactive, disease-associated proteins. Novartis’ (Basel, Switzerland) top...
Deciphering Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Deciphering Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

THE ROOT OF DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY World Duchenne Awareness Day called attention to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) this past Monday. Affecting one in 3,500 newborn baby boys worldwide, this fatal disease is caused by a mutation in the gene that codes for the...