Drug Discovery & Development
Blocking some T cells may unleash full power of immune system against cancer
Researchers have identified a way to restrict regulatory T-cell activity in tumor cells, which in turn can unleash other immune cells to attack tumors in cancer patients. The research is being published in the August 3 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read More
Optogenetic gene therapy provides hope for retinitis pigmentosa patients
Optogenetic therapy bypasses traditional methods of repairing defective photoreceptors in the eye by targeting other retinal cells. Recently, three examples of optogenetic therapeutics under development highlight many of the challenges this type of gene therapy faces for the treatment of a devastating genetic eye disease. Read More
Cellular programming spurs next-generation cell therapies
Cellular reprogramming of ex vivo cells may offer improvements on first-generation adoptive cell therapies, which have experienced limited clinical success due to complex manufacturing, potential patient rejection, and availability of clinical cell types. Further, in vivo reprogramming may expand on this concept by eliminating the need for manufacture and the risk of immune rejection. Read More
Iodine-activated nanoparticles trigger DNA damage in cancer cells
Newly designed nanoparticles containing iodine have been shown to kill cancer cells by causing DNA damage when activated by radiation. The in vitro findings were published in Scientific Reports on July 14. Read More
Researchers capture new ribosome structures in motion
Researchers have captured six new structures of the ribosome and its directional movement using single-molecule fluorescence resonance energy transfer and cryogenic electron microscopy. The results were published in Nature on July 7. Read More
Machine learning helps scientists map the mammalian immune system
The use of advanced machine-learning software has led to the identification of hundreds of new genes that likely affect the working immune system, according to findings from a study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Read More
Innovation in single-cell sequencing unlocks 10x more data from each cell
A new single-cell sequencing method yields at least 10 times more data for each individual cell compared to previous techniques. The method, published in Nature Biotechnology on July 5, may help cancer researchers uncover new insights into the biological underpinnings of cancer such as drug resistance. Read More
Algorithm expands what scientists can uncover from individual cells
A new software tool can help researchers further utilize single-cell RNA sequencing data to learn more about individual cells by incorporating biologically relevant data into the analysis. The machine-learning algorithm, detailed in Genome Research on June 30, can be used to predict which transcription factors are most active in individual cells. Read More
Oncolytic viruses move closer to becoming effective cancer therapies
Scientists are identifying key factors that aid in the effectiveness of oncolytic viruses during the treatment of cancers, which could lead to better immunotherapies and inform clinicians which patients might benefit from the treatment. Findings from a June 22 Nature Communications article point to the clinical relevance and underlying mechanisms of a novel anticancer treatment. Read More
CAR-NK cells hold promise for solid tumors
A new cancer immunotherapy that leverages the ability of natural killer (NK) cells to discriminate between cancer and normal cells has shown promise in solid tumors. The technology incorporates the cancer-targeting ability of chimeric antigen receptors (CARs), according to data published in iScience on June 25. Read More
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CPhI North America
August 10-12
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States
Bioprocessing Summit
August 16-19
Boston, Massachusetts United States
6th Annual CAR-TCR Summit
August 30 - September 2
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European Congress of Immunology (ECI) 2021
September 1-4
Belgrade Serbia
Medical Affairs Strategic Summit (MASS)
September 13-15
New Brunswick, New Jersey United States
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