Genomic & Biopharma News

Microbiomes may have considerable impact on animal fertility and reproduction
It is an awkward idea, but a couple's ability to have kids may partly depend on who else is present. The reproductive tracts of males and females contain whole communities of micro-organisms.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-01-17 18:48:09

Researchers find no improvement in ICU death rate at minority-serving hospitals
Racial disparities have previously been identified across a range of health care environments, sometimes extending into the highest levels of care. A new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reveals that while critical care outcomes in intensive care units (ICUs) steadily improved over a decade at hospitals with few minority patients, ICUs with a more diverse patient population did not progress comparably.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-01-17 18:45:46

New method can improve resolution of brain magnetic resonance imaging using artificial intelligence
Researchers of the ICAI Group -Computational Intelligence and Image Analysis- of the University of Malaga have designed an unprecedented method that is capable of improving brain images obtained through magnetic resonance imaging using artificial intelligence.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-01-17 18:40:43

Fitbit for the flu: Researchers show the fitness wearables can help track outbreaks
A new study showed that by employing secondary signals from heart rates, physical activity and sleep quality, common Fitbit trackers may be able to predict the spread of the flu in real time and better than current infectious disease surveillance methods.
Fierce Biotech, 2020-01-17 18:04:53

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

Sun Sentinel: Ocean Ridge Biosciences expands to 5,400-square foot facility
Ocean Ridge Biosciences is a survivor in South Florida's fledgling biotech industry. In the past decade, Ocean Ridge has worked with more than 200 academic labs and companies, providing gene-based lab analysis of blood and tissue samples for the development of new drugs and diagnostic tests. Please read the PDF for more details
ORB Company News, 2016-12-28 18:58:47

Ecuadorian Cactus Absorbs Ultrasound, Enticing Bats to Flowers
Many plants reflect ultrasonic waves, thereby attracting the pollinators, but one cactus takes a different approach.
The Scientist, 2020-01-17 17:52:30

Phase 2 Trial in Belarus Examines DNA Vaccine, Elenagen, for Advanced Solid Cancers

Immuno-Oncology News, 2020-01-17 17:35:51

JPM: Glaxo's cancer unit, in commercial 'building mode,' gets choosy with M&A
SAN FRANCISCO—It was one year ago that GlaxoSmithKline nabbed Tesaro, bringing on Zejula. But don’t expect it to spring for more commercial-stage oncology products anytime soon. While “we are not excluding the opportunity” for products on the market, it “has to be a good fit for the situation," said Axel Hoos, SVP of Oncology R&D.
Fierce Pharma, 2020-01-17 16:54:40

Study quashes the idea of using vitamin C-based cocktail for treatment of sepsis
In 2017 a paper was published asserting that intravenous vitamin C given to patients with sepsis was literally a life saver. Despite the study only looking at 47 subjects the results garnered international coverage and was adopted in many ICUs worldwide.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-01-17 15:39:11

Researchers develop self-assembled artificial microtubule like LEGO building blocks
Simple LEGO bricks can be assembled to more complicated structures, which can be further associated into a wide variety of complex architectures, from automobiles, rockets, and ships to gigantic castles and amusement parks.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-01-17 15:20:30