Genomic & Biopharma News

Bacterial cell counting and sizing using the Multisizer
Two application areas seeing a major surge for the Multisizer are in environmental research and for optimization of recombinant protein expression in the lab. An example of the former is work published last year by researchers at the University of Aalborg in Denmark. They used the Multisizer 4e instrument to count and size pathogenic E. coli and to study the ability of another environmental organism D. magna to reduce this pathogenic E. coli strain in the environment.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-03-15 11:30:00

Women experience higher stress from major life events than men, study reveals
New research has highlighted the potential gender gap in stress, with women reporting higher stress from life events such as death of a loved one, illness, losing their smartphone and Brexit.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-03-15 11:28:10

OncoCyte tees up for lung cancer liquid biopsy launch
Fierce Biotech – OncoCyte, which is developing blood-based tests to catch cancer early, announced Monday that its lung cancer diagnostic succeeded in a 300-patient study. The company plans to launch the test in the second half of this year. The company tested its algorithm on about 300 samples gathered from patients at 26 U.S. sites. ...
Exosome RNA Research & Industry News, 2017-03-15 11:22:55

LCSB researchers identify how the body influences differentiation of progenitor cells
Stem cells are unspecialised cells that can develop into any type of cell in the human body. So far, however, scientists only partially understand how the body controls the fate of these all-rounders, and what factors decide whether a stem cell will differentiate, for example, into a blood, liver or nerve cell.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-03-15 11:20:08

Gene independence assumption may cause non-ignorable bias
RNA-sequencing (RNA-Seq) has become a preferred option to quantify gene expression, because it is more accurate and reliable than microarrays. In RNA-Seq experiments, the expression level of a gene is measured by the count of short reads that are mapped to the gene region. Although some normal-based statistical methods may also be applied to log-transformed ...
Transcriptome Research & Industry News, 2017-03-15 11:08:23

Researchers devise new way of creating common anti-malarial medication
Researchers at Cardiff University have devised a new way of creating a drug commonly used as the first line of defence against malaria around the world.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-03-15 10:46:39

Breakthrough brain repair discovery could revolutionise treatment of Multiple Sclerosis
Queen's University Belfast scientists have discovered that specific cells from the immune system are key players in brain repair - a fundamental breakthrough that could revolutionise the treatment of debilitating neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2017-03-15 10:41:26

Pfizer launches new antibiotic in the UK
Pfizer’s antibiotic Zavicefta has now been launched in the UK to treat serious aerobic Gram-negative infections caused by resistant bacteria.
PharmaTimes, 2017-03-15 10:30:29

NICE asks for more data on Opdivo
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published draft guidelines recommending that Bristol Myers-Squibb provide more information on Opdivo’s effectiveness for treating classical Hodgkin lymphoma.
PharmaTimes, 2017-03-15 10:26:40