Cell Biology
MIT researchers use natural language processing to analyze viral evolution
In a breakthrough that could guide the development of targeted vaccines, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers used natural language processing methods lifted from the field of computational linguistics to analyze the viral protein sequence data of influenza A, HIV, and SARS-CoV-2 to identify regions within the genomes of those viruses that are most vulnerable to mutation. The results were published in a new study in Science on January 15. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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