Cell Biology
Researchers call for improved reporting of environmental conditions in cell culture
There is an urgent need to improve the reporting of environmental conditions for mammalian cell culture experiments for biomedical research, according to a comment published in Nature Biomedical Engineering on August 13. Read More
Harvard launches Pluto Biosciences collaboration platform
The Harvard Wyss Institute has launched Pluto Biosciences, a new startup offering a cloud-based collaboration platform for researchers that incorporates technology developed within the institute's Predictive Bioanalytics Initiative. Read More
Mirus Bio introduces viral vector manufacturing reagents
Mirus Bio announced an expansion of its TransIT VirusGen platform that is compliant with good manufacturing practices viral vector manufacturing to support cell and gene therapy development, process activities, and commercial production. Read More
Researchers debunk myth that high drug prices are necessary for innovation
A new analysis of publicly reported financial information from pharmaceutical companies found that reducing drug prices would have no impact on R&D innovation and future drug approvals. The findings were published in a white paper titled "Will Reducing Drug Prices Slow Innovation?" on August 9. Read More
Alternative gene therapies could be effective in treating some rare diseases
Bacteria-mediated genetic transfer has emerged as an alternative gene therapy (AGT) for the treatment of some rare diseases, such as phenylketonuria (PKU). This type of therapy is advantageous because it is easily regulated through established protein expression systems. One company, Synlogic, has developed an AGT candidate that uses a bacterial vector to treat PKU. Read More
BD launches new benchtop cell analyzer
Medical technology company Becton Dickinson (BD) has launched a new benchtop cell analyzer called FACSymphony A1 that offers new capabilities in flow cytometry instrumentation to scientific research labs of all sizes. Read More
New sensor-based test could lead to fast, cheap antibiotic susceptibility testing
Scientists have developed a new method for monitoring bacterial responses to antibiotics that could enable personalized antibiotic therapies. The test uses sensors to reduce time and costs while increasing the portability for antibiotic susceptibility testing of patient samples. The results of the study were published recently in Scientific Reports. Read More
Prime editing shows promise for complex diseases like cystic fibrosis
Researchers have demonstrated that prime editing -- a newer version of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing -- can be successfully employed to correct gene mutations that cause cystic fibrosis. The new study, which tested the technique in human organoids, was published in Life Science Alliance on August 9. Read More
Researchers identify chronic stress gene target in brain
By studying how genes affect receptors in the brain under stress, researchers have discovered new molecular mechanisms behind the function of corticosterone, the stress hormone. The research was published in Nature Communications on August 6. Read More
Microscopic defects of healthy cells affect spread of ovarian cancer cells
Biophysics researchers have applied the concept of topological defects to investigate the spread of ovarian cancer cells. Using an in vitro model, the researchers found that these defects -- or disruptions in the normal cellular layout -- can affect the rate of tumor cell invasion. Their findings were published online in APL Bioengineering on August 3. Read More
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