Genomics
Rice to establish Genetic Design and Engineering Center
Researchers at Rice University have received a five-year, $4 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to establish a new Genetic Design and Engineering Center. Read More
CRISPR-based method can speed the identification of disease-causing genes
A new CRISPR gene editing screening method can be used to link phenotype and genotype in animal models. The method was efficiently deployed in zebrafish and significantly reduced the time needed to evaluate the function of hundreds of genes, according to a paper published in Science on August 19. Read More
New England Biolabs launches NEBNext immune sequencing kits
New England Biolabs has launched NEBNext immune sequencing kits, which are available for human or mouse samples to allow for B-cell and/or T-cell repertoire analysis of infections, the company announced. Read More
Heat-controlled CAR T cells show improved cancer-killing ability
By adding a genetic on-off switch to engineered CAR T cells, researchers have developed a remote-controlled system that enables precision invasion of the tumor microenvironment for improved cancer-killing capabilities. The details of the research were published in Nature Biomedical Engineering on August 12. Read More
New award program recognizes marketable scientific advances
A new award to recognize researchers who ask fundamental questions at the intersection of life sciences and entrepreneurship has been launched by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Copenhagen-based BioInnovation Institute Foundation. Read More
Long-read sequencing of circRNA finds autism-linked microexons
Scientists have developed a new laboratory protocol and bioinformatic pipeline using a long-read sequencing platform from Oxford Nanopore Technologies for exploring the composition of circular RNA (circRNA). The technique, published on August 10 in Nature Communications, showed that a group of microexons that had been previously linked to autism are preferentially found in circRNA. Read More
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
PerkinElmer releases new KRAS investigation kits
PerkinElmer has released four new test kits designed to help researchers better understand KRAS protein structures and mutations. The kits will enable cancer researchers to accelerate the identification and optimization of therapeutic leads, the company said. 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
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