Phages containing huge amounts of DNA are found around the globe
An inventory of over 350 DNA sequences from phage genomes revealed that these genomes can be over 200,000 base pairs in length and found the largest phage genome ever described at 735,000 base pairs in length. The report published in Nature on February 12, evaluated the prevalence, diversity and ecosystem distribution of phages with large genomes. Read More
Catalent completes acquisition of MaSTherCell
Catalent announced on February 11 that it has completed its acquisition of MaSTherCell Global, improving Catalent's position in the field of advanced biotherapeutics. Read More
CRISPR proteins developed for use in molecular diagnostics
New CRISPR technology is being developed as a molecular diagnostic tool with the capability of detecting unique disease biomarkers. Eventually, these at-home tests will allow patients to conduct at-home diagnostic tests quickly. Read More
Opposition fails for key CRISPR patent in Europe
ERS Genomics announced on February 10 that the European Patent Office has upheld an important CRISPR patent, rejecting opposition filed by anonymous parties. Read More
Agilent to fund biotherapy incubator in India
Agilent Technologies has announced a partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi to advance biotherapeutic research in the country. Read More
Joint venture targets cell and gene therapy
A new joint venture dedicated to supporting researchers and biopharmaceutical companies in cell and gene therapy was announced on January 21. The joint venture is owned equally by three partners: Bio-Techne, Fresenius Kabi, and Wilson Wolf. Read More
Key CRISPR patent revoked in Europe
An important patent on CRISPR technology held by the Broad Institute has been revoked by the European Patent Office. Read More
Control of molecular 'doormen' in fat cells offers potential new obesity treatment
New treatment options for obesity could emerge from a study published in Nature Communications on January 10. Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine utilized cellular and molecular approaches to identify pathways to restore the healthy balance of fat cells. Read More
Nanoparticles direct 'suicide genes' to treat brain tumors in children
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University report a bioengineered nanoparticle that successfully delivers a "suicide gene" to pediatric brain tumor cells implanted in the brains of mice. Details of the nanoparticle treatment were published in the January 2020 edition of Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine. Read More
Scientists validate large-scale CRISPR-Cas9 screens for cancer models
Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, published results of a study in Nature Communications on December 20, which compares consistency among the two largest genetic screen databases of cancer cells lines. The combined data set will help speed the discovery and development of new cancer therapies. Read More
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