Drug Discovery & Development
Artificial intelligence helps researchers find new antibiotics
To address antibiotic resistance, researchers have developed a machine-learning approach that can search millions of known chemicals to find potential new antimicrobial compounds. This research, published in Cell on February 20, uncovered several promising antibiotic candidates that will move into clinical testing.  Discuss
Breakthrough in coronavirus research provides map for vaccines
Critical research reveals the 3D atomic-scale map of the spike protein of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which is responsible for infecting humans. This breakthrough will aid in the development of vaccines and antiviral drugs to combat the spread of the virus. The research was published in Science on February 19.  Discuss
Communication of cancer cells analyzed with organoids and novel cytometry
A new technique using organoids, self-organizing 3D tissue models, can decipher how individual cancer cells communicate with each other and the unique signals they create. This research, published in Nature Methods on February 17, could be used to help develop personalized cancer treatments in the future.  Discuss
Math models improve the effectiveness of immunotherapy
Scientists working at the intersection of math and medicine propose new strategies based on mathematical modeling and known molecular mechanisms to improve the efficacy of lifesaving immunotherapies for cancerous tumors. The work was published on February 3 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Discuss
Stem cell findings help researchers learn about early-onset Parkinson's
New research utilizing stem cells indicates that the metabolic processes that lead to young-onset Parkinson's disease could begin years before symptoms of the disease emerge. But the findings also point to a potential drug candidate that could be used to treat the condition, according to a study published January 27 in Nature Medicine.  Discuss
New study offers hope for short-circuiting KRAS-driven lung cancers
The protein kinase p38α has been identified as a key element supporting KRAS-driven lung cancers, so inhibiting the protein has potential as a target for the treatment of certain lung cancers. An international group of researchers used genetic mouse models with the KRAS mutation to observe how p38α inhibition reduces tumor growth. The work was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on January 22.  Discuss
Small-molecule chaperones may reverse Alzheimer's symptoms in mice
A novel treatment for Alzheimer's disease involving the administration of pharmacological chaperones that prevent amyloid beta and tau tangles from forming in the brain may be possible, according to a new study published online on January 22 in Molecular Neurodegeneration.  Discuss
Scientists learn how lactate contributes to cancer formation
Previously considered a waste product of metabolism, lactate may play a crucial role in cancer growth, according to a study published in Frontiers in Oncology on January 14. Researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus explored how lactate affects transcription of oncogenes in breast cancer cells.  Discuss
Scientists in the Lab: Featuring Lisa Mustachio
Continuing our feature series this January, ScienceBoard is happy to highlight the work of laboratory scientists, including Lisa Maria Mustachio, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Discuss
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.  Discuss
Conferences
2nd Annual BioIT World Conference & Expo West
March 1-4
San Francisco, California United States
BioProcess International US West
March 9-12
Santa Clara United States
Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2020
March 30 - April 3
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City of United Kingdom
Experimental Biology 2020
April 4
San Diego, California United States
BioProcess International Europe
April 28 - May 1
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands
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