Genomic & Biopharma News

Roche gets FDA nod for Zika-screening blood test
Roche’s cobas Zika test has won FDA approval for use in screening blood donations. The nod from the FDA clears all blood collection establishments to follow its guidance and test for the virus.
Fierce Biotech, 2017-10-06 07:41:37

FDA grants approval for new test to detect Zika virus in blood donations
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the cobas Zika test, a qualitative nucleic acid test for the detection of Zika virus RNA in individual plasma specimens obtained from volunteer donors of whole blood and blood components, and from living organ donors.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-10-06 05:05:36

Drinking plenty of water may reduce risk of UTIs in women prone to infection
Drinking an additional three pints of water a day may keep the urinary tract infection (UTI) away - at least for women who are prone - suggests a study being presented at IDWeek 2017.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-10-06 04:21:10

Researchers uncover promising targets for development of drugs against leishmaniasis
Brazilian researchers at the University of São Paulo's Bioscience Institute (IB-USP) are starting to unravel the molecular mechanisms by which the parasite that causes cutaneous leishmaniasis manages to circumvent the host organism's defenses and infect new cells.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-10-06 03:18:55

Good-guy bacteria may help individuals respond well to cancer immunotherapy
Individuals with certain types of bacteria in their gut may be more likely to respond well to cancer immunotherapy, researchers at the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center found in a study of patients with metastatic melanoma.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-10-06 03:11:43

JAX professor receives $2.8 million New Innovator Award for skin microbiome research
Julia Oh, Ph.D., a Jackson Laboratory (JAX) assistant professor who explores the communities of microorganisms that live on the human skin, has received a special New Innovator Award of $2,835,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to explore how to develop engineered probiotic treatments for a variety of skin and infectious diseases.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-10-06 03:04:49

New test enables accurate, rapid testing of Salmonella bacteria
A new test allows accurate, rapid testing for Salmonella, a bacteria that is one of the leading causes of food-borne illness across all regions of the world. Salmonella can infect animals as well as people, with commonly reported cases of people falling sick after handling pets and livestock.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-10-06 02:59:00

Study sheds light on complex process involved in development of sperm stem cells
New research from scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah and collaborators at University of Utah Health sheds light on the complex process that occurs in the development of human sperm stem cells.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-10-06 02:54:42

Bariatric surgery linked to reduced risk of cancer for severely obese patients
Severely obese patients who undergo bariatric surgery lower their risk of developing cancer by at least a third, according to a University of Cincinnati College of Medicine researcher leading a large retrospective cohort study of patients in the western United States.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-10-06 02:48:58