Genomic & Biopharma News

Kopchicks' $10.5 million gift to fund student fellowships at MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School
Just as he has changed the lives of people suffering from a devastating genetic disease, molecular endocrinologist John J. Kopchick, Ph.D., and his wife, Charlene, of Athens, Ohio, are paving the way for future scientists to do the same with a transformative $10.5 million gift to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-06-24 02:20:37

Chicken models may shed light on how humans develop sensitive daytime vision
Humans belong to a select club of species that enjoy crisp color vision in daylight, thanks to a small spot in the center of the retina at the back of the eye.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-06-24 01:48:44

Harnessing the microbiome potential
Spring is underway in parts of the US, and while Florida by no means undergoes the dramatic reappearance of foliage or colorful clumps of daffodils and azaleas, the southern part of the sunshine state experiences its share of spring renewals.  For instance, recently a brood of Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) hatchlings appeared near Ocean Ridge Biosciences' laboratory.
ORB Company Blog, 2017-03-31 21:41:45

Combined effect of genetic change and ozone exposure could increase risk for autism
A new analysis shows that individuals with high levels of genetic variation and elevated exposure to ozone in the environment are at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected by adding the two risk factors together.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-06-24 01:38:00

Study offers insight into earliest molecular steps that lead to organ rejection
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the University of Toronto have uncovered the first molecular steps that lead to immune system activation and eventual rejection of a transplanted organ.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-06-23 20:30:33

‘Coverage gap’ for poor may end, but many will still have trouble affording plans
Having long decried the failings of the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans are purporting to fix one of its loopholes with their newly unveiled health plan.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-06-23 20:14:16

Research provides insights into how light may interact with the brain to affect sleep
Humans are diurnal animals, meaning that we usually sleep at night and are awake during the day, due at least in part to light or the lack thereof. Light is known to affect sleep indirectly by entraining--modifying the length of--our circadian rhythms and also rapidly and directly due to a phenomenon known as masking.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-06-23 20:12:14

Harnessing the microbiome potential
Spring is underway in parts of the US, and while Florida by no means undergoes the dramatic reappearance of foliage or colorful clumps of daffodils and azaleas, the southern part of the sunshine state experiences its share of spring renewals.  For instance, recently a brood of Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) hatchlings appeared near Ocean Ridge Biosciences' laboratory.
ORB Company Blog, 2017-03-31 21:41:45

Fungal toxins become easily aerosolized, leading to potential indoor health risk
Toxins produced by three different species of fungus growing indoors on wallpaper may become aerosolized, and easily inhaled.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-06-23 20:06:34

Exercise program can help frail older adults perform basic daily activities, study suggests
An exercise program comprised of gentle exercises and taught by home care aides can help frail older adults perform basic daily activities, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago published in The Gerontologist.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-06-23 19:43:01

Designer antibodies block Alzheimer’s plaque from forming
While the cause of Alzheimer’s disease remains unclear, the accumulation of amyloid-beta proteins in the brain is still thought to be a major culprit. A University of Cambridge team used computer-designed antibodies to stop amyloid-beta from sticking together and forming clumps.
Fierce Biotech, 2017-06-23 19:41:26