Genomic & Biopharma News

Gene circuit can be used to switch on inside cancer cells and stimulate immune attack, study suggests
A new study, conducted by researchers at MIT, suggests that a recently developed synthetic gene circuit can stimulate the immune system to kill cancer cells when it identifies indications of the cancer. The gene circuit will only stimulate a therapeutic response when it identifies two particular cancer markers.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-10-20 18:12:31

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

Chromosomes may be entangled, research finds
Everyone knows that long bits of yarn, or charging cables and the like, tend to get quickly tangled and form nasty knots. Little is known about the structures of our genetic material, chromosomes, which also consist of long strings that -- according to our experience -- should be likely to become knotted. However, up to now it has not been possible to study this experimentally.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-10-20 16:35:39

Experts create quality improvement blueprint to reduce repetitive lab tests for hospitalized patients
In a review article publishing this week in JAMA Internal Medicine, physicians at Johns Hopkins, along with experts from several other institutions across north America, compiled published evidence and crafted an experience-based quality improvement blueprint to reduce repetitive lab testing for hospitalized patients.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-10-20 16:03:56

FDA chief weighs in on recovering medtech manufacturing in Puerto Rico
The FDA is considering alternative options, as well as working with devicemakers, to ward off a medical device shortage in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Fierce Biotech, 2017-10-20 15:42:30

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

Pneumonia vaccine triples protection in animal models
While pneumonia vaccines and antibiotics have greatly reduced the burden of the disease around the world, a broad effort is underway to improve protection. Now, a team of scientists led by the University of Buffalo has developed a vaccine that may guard against 72 strains of the bacterium that causes pneumonia.
Fierce Biotech, 2017-10-20 15:34:11

Dr. Reddy's, fighting to recover from FDA warning letter, recalls 500K heartburn tablets
Still struggling to turn its manufacturing around, Dr. Reddy's is recalling 569,000 store-brand famotidine tablets in the U.S., thanks to failed tests for impurities and degradation. It's the India-based company's second recall of the same medication since last July.
Fierce Pharma, 2017-10-20 15:31:31

Insys-paid physician faces loss of license as New Jersey aims to curb pharma's doctor payments
Insys has landed in plenty of hot water for promotions on the powerful opioid Subsys, but now authorities in New Jersey are targeting one doctor for his role in the alleged cash-for-scripts scheme. And the state wants to crack down on all pharma payments to opioid prescribers, too.
Fierce Pharma, 2017-10-20 15:26:40

Findings suggest e-cigarettes may be just as bad as traditional cigarettes
E-cigarettes appear to trigger unique immune responses as well as the same ones that cigarettes trigger that can lead to lung disease, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-10-20 15:16:47

Amgen and CytomX Therapeutics Announce Partnership for Immuno-Oncology Research

Immuno-Oncology News, 2017-10-20 15:16:08