Multichannel bioreactor for lung regeneration analysis

Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers New Rochelle, NY, January 28, 2019-New strides are being made toward the ex vivo growth of human lungs. In a new article published in Tissue Engineering, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, researchers report the development of a high-throughput, automated, multichannel lung bioreactor that allows parallel […]

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NTU and SUTD researchers discover asymmetric chemical reaction with intriguing reaction pathways

Credit: SUTD/NTU Catalysis is common in many industries such as pharmaceutical, specialty chemicals, agriculture, polymer and over 90% of chemicals are made from catalytic processes. Catalysts are chemical agents, much like enzymes, which speed up reactions. Some catalysts can even distinguish chirality, i.e. enantiomers (non-superimposable mirror image isomers) and generate chiral or asymmetric products. Such […]

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New UK Policy Benefits Biotechs Waging War on Superbugs

Among other measures, the new policy changes the way companies are reimbursed for antimicrobial drugs, which is expected to increase investment in biotech and the interest of big pharma in tackling antimicrobial resistance. Antimicrobial resistance is a huge problem. More and more pathogens are becoming resistant to antibiotics, as seen in the rising number of […]

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5 Real-Life Technologies Where Biotech Meets Science Fiction

From genetic engineering to synthetic food and immortality, biotech is getting surprisingly close to recreating science fiction in real life.   Science fiction is always a step ahead of real-life science. The genre imagined space travel, wireless communication and virtual reality years before they became a reality. In fact, sci-fi has coined some scientific terms […]

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Update: US District Court Rules Against MorphoSys’ Cancer Immunotherapy Patents

Update (28/01/2019): MorphoSys faces defeat in its long-running legal battle with Genmab and Janssen, as the US District Court of Delaware has declared three of its cancer immunotherapy patents invalid. MorphoSys began the dispute over Darzalex (daratumumab), Genmab and Janssen’s approved antibody therapy for the blood cancer multiple myeloma. MorphoSys alleged that Darzalex infringed on three of […]

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A ‘compelling call’ for pediatricians to discuss firearm safety

Credit: Children’s National Health System Paradoxically, as overall firearm ownership decreased in U.S. households with young children from 1976 to 2016, the proportion of these families who owned handguns increased. This shift in firearm preferences over decades from mostly rifles to mostly handguns coincided with increasing firearm-mortality rates in young children, researchers report Jan. 28, […]

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Experimental Zika test under development with Texas Biomed and national collaborators

Technology would help clinicians tailor therapies depending on progression of disease Credit: Texas Biomed San Antonio, Texas (January 28, 2019) – A collaboration of scientists including Professor Jean Patterson, Ph.D., of Texas Biomedical Research Institute, is working on a new way to detect Zika virus that will help guide clinicians in their treatment of patients […]

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‘Bug bombs’ are ineffective killing roaches indoors

Also leave behind toxic residue Credit: Photo courtesy of Matt Bertone. Total release foggers, commonly known as “bug bombs,” are ineffective at removing cockroaches from indoor environments, according to a new study from North Carolina State University. Bug-bomb chemicals fail to reach places where cockroaches congregate the most – on the underside of surfaces and […]

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Cellular stress at the movies

Biochemists illuminate a key survival mechanism in cells Credit: Stasevich Lab/Colorado State University Much like our fight-or-flight response, our cells also have a stress autopilot mode. An oxygen dropoff, overheating, or an invading toxin can trigger the cellular stress response – a cascade of molecular changes that are the cell’s last-ditch effort to survive. Among […]

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