Cell Biology
Are biotech companies really high-risk investments?
Despite the public perception of the biotech industry as a high-risk investment, a new analysis published in PLOS One on January 6 found that over the long term, biotech firms that went public performed just as well as nonbiotech companies by various measures of financial success.  Discuss
COVID-19 to have long-lasting effect on biotech industry
The COVID-19 pandemic will have a widespread and long-lasting effect on the biotechnology industry, according to speakers at a January 5 presentation held in advance of the Biotech Showcase virtual event taking place January 11-15. Biotech companies have pivoted on a massive scale to pursue infectious disease research -- and not all of them will be successful.  Discuss
Top 10 ScienceBoard stories for 2020
For many of us, 2020 did not pan out as planned. The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed our daily lives. Here at ScienceBoard.net, we have provided timely and evidence-based information to our readers regarding COVID-19, as well as many other topics in the biopharmaceutical and life sciences industries.  Discuss
New discovery could lead to broad-spectrum antivirals
Scientists have identified a key human gene that is required for cells to consume and destroy viruses. The results of the study were published in Nature on December 16 and could point to new treatments to target viral infections, including COVID-19.  Discuss
Genes provide new targets for COVID-19 therapies
Genes associated with antiviral immunity and lung inflammation have been tied to severe cases of COVID-19 in a new genome-wide analysis conducted in the U.K. The results, published in Nature on December 11, reveal new therapeutic targets for drug repurposing and development efforts.  Discuss
Google's DeepMind makes a quantum leap in solving the protein folding problem
Artificial intelligence has made something of a breakthrough in the prediction of protein structures. The results came about as part of the 14th Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction, a friendly contest and conference organized by the Protein Structure Prediction Center with sponsorship from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.  Discuss
New study finds SARS-CoV-2 antibodies disappear quickly
Antibodies that develop after infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus disappear quickly, according to an analysis published in Science Immunology on December 7. The findings could indicate that SARS-CoV-2 infection might not offer long-term immunity from subsequent reinfection with the virus.  Discuss
New universal flu vaccine targets conserved region of viral surface protein
A new universal influenza vaccine has been developed that targets the stalk portion of the influenza virus surface protein rather than the head portion. This vaccine, which is capable of neutralizing diverse strains of influenza, was evaluated in a phase I clinical study whose results were published in Nature Medicine on December 7.  Discuss
Cas9 modification can improve efficiency of gene editing
A modification to CRISPR/Cas9 systems can improve their functionality for gene editing in DNA repair, according to a report published in Nature Communications on November 27. The new Cas9 variant also improves the safety of the system for precision gene editing applications.  Discuss
SARS-CoV-2 hijacks lung cells for its own purposes
The first map of molecular responses of human lung cells to SARS-CoV-2 infection has been developed. It shows that the novel coronavirus causes significant protein and phosphorylation damage, effectively hijacking lung cells to enable its entry and propagation, according to a study published in Molecular Cell.  Discuss
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