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IS COVID OPTIMISM FINALLY OVERTAKING PESSIMISM? HARVARD EXPERTS WEIGH IN

Glimmers of hope are beginning to shine through the gloom of the past year. That was evident in a recent webinar that the Massachusetts...

RARE DISEASE DAY 2021: GENE THERAPY UPS AND DOWNS, AGAIN

I can't believe it's been a decade since I researched and wrote The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It. Since then...

 
 
 

DNA STUDY ADDS BRANCH TO NORTH AMERICAN MAMMOTH FAMILY TREE

An international team has assembled billions of DNA snippets from molars that three mammoths left in the permafrost of northeastern...

HOW MY “FRUIT FLY LOVE STORY” PRESAGED THE RISE OF COVID-19 VIRAL VARIANTS

I wrote “The Making of a Mutant” in 1978. Then a PhD student in the lab of Thom Kaufman at Indiana University, I snuck the story into...

 
 
 

GETTING A COVID VACCINE IS MORE TRANSPARENT THAN EATING A HOT DOG: COUNTERING VACCINE HESITANCY

“So, you've been eatin' hot dogs and chicken nuggets all your life and you don't want the vaccine ‘cuz you don't know what's in it??”...

ARE WE HURTLING OR HURDLING TOWARDS HERD IMMUNITY FOR COVID-19?

Vaccines against COVID-19 were developed in record-smashing time, and now that the rollout has begun, attention is returning to herd...

 
 
 

MUTANTS COME TO SARATOGA: COVID NEW VARIANTS EXPLAINED

When a new variant of the COVID-19 virus appeared in the UK as 2020 drew to a close, I didn't think it would show up a half hour's...

WHAT DO NON-IDENTICAL IDENTICAL TWINS HAVE TO DO WITH COVID-19? MUTATION!

Identical twins Stella and Desiree Vignes were born in 1938 in a Louisiana town so small that it wasn't on any maps. Light-skinned...

 
 
 

IGNORING PANDEMIC WARNINGS AND LINKS TO MY 54 COVID ARTICLES

Hindsight is 2020, perhaps literally, when it comes to COVID-19. A compelling narrative predicting that a deadly virus - specifically,...

THE FIRST COVID-19 VACCINES: WHAT'S MRNA GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Most of us have an intuitive understanding of how a vaccine works: show the immune system a bit of a pathogen, or something mimicking...

 
 
 

WHY DO MALES FARE WORSE WITH COVID-19? A CLUE FROM CALICO CATS

Early on in the pandemic, a worse clinical scenario for the male of the species emerged. A study published mid-May from Italian researchers...

DR. PAUL OFFIT TALKS COVID VACCINES, WITH JAMA'S HOWARD BAUCHNER

Science and medical writers have been under an avalanche of information for nearly a year now, as we translate technical information...

 
 
 

WORSE THAN COVID? THE TASMANIAN DEVIL'S CONTAGIOUS CANCER

It's hard to imagine anything worse than the horrors at our hospitals right now. But in a recent JAMA webinar , Nicholas Christakis,...

THINKING ABOUT THANKSGIVING? A REMINDER OF WHAT COVID-19 CAN DO TO A HUMAN BODY

My blog posts around Thanksgiving are predictably dull: Turkey Genetics 101 , The Peaceable Genomes of Pumpkins . But 2020 is like...

 
 
 

GENETIC CLUES IN THE GOOP OF A COVID SWAB

The components of certain things are meant to remain mysterious. The ingredients of sausage. A burger's slimy secret sauce. The recipe...

CAN SOME ANTIBODIES WORSEN COVID-19? THE ODD SITUATION OF ENHANCEMENT

Antibodies are supposed to be the good guys. The proteins, built of distinctive Y-shaped pieces, enter the bloodstream early in infection,...

 
 
 

A DRUG TRIO FOR COVID-19: PRECEDENTS IN CYSTIC FIBROSIS, HIV/AIDS, AND HEPATITIS C

Teaming treatments has long been a strategy to quell cancer, override mutations, and fight viruses. Will that be a winning strategy...

A CONVERSATION WITH CRISPR-CAS9 INVENTORS CHARPENTIER AND DOUDNA

Congrats to Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier for winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2020. The idea to edit DNA sequences...

 
 
 

LONG-AWAITED DRUG FOR ALKAPTONURIA , THE FIRST “INBORN ERROR,” ON THE WAY TO APPROVAL IN EUROPE

The European Medicines Agency has just recommended extending use of an existing drug, nitisinone , to treat alkaptonuria. AKU holds...

5 COVID-19 UPDATES: CATS, KIDS, SENIORS, BLOOD, AND AN OLD VACCINE

Times have been strange for us all, weird indeed for science journalists. The initial manageable flow of news alerts to the media back...

 
 
 



World Biotechnology Congress 2019

Hilaris Conferences is going to host its premier World Biotechnology Congress 2019 during October 01-02, 2019, Valencia, Spain. Biotechnology 2019 Congress aim to create a... Read more ...

World Biotechnology Congress 2019

Hilaris Conferences is going to host its premier World Biotechnology Congress 2019 during October 01-02, 2019, Valencia, Spain. Biotechnology 2019 Congress aim to create a... Read more ...

2nd International Conference on Tissue Science and Regenerative Medicine

This conference is designed for experts in academia and industries working in the tissue science and regenerative field, this conference will examine cutting-edge research in... Read more ...

Pandion's secret to moving a $65M Merck offer to a $1.9B done deal in a...

Pandion's secret to moving a $65M Merck offer to a $1.9B done deal in a year? Just keep saying no badams Fri, 03/05/2021 - 07:28 Read more ...

Improving l-threonine production in Escherichia coli by elimination of...

Betaine, an osmoprotective compatible solute, has been used to improve l-threonine production in engineered Escherichia coli l-threonine producer. Betaine supplementation... Read more ...

Identify potential miRNA-mRNA regulatory networks contributing to high-risk...

Summary Neuroblastoma is a common tumor in children, usually in the retroperitoneum. After various treatments, low- and intermediate-risk patients have achieved good results... Read more ...

Comparative transcriptome analysis of three chrysanthemums provides insights...

Abstract Chrysanthemum indicum var. aromaticum is an important resource plant for breeding excellent aromatic varieties of ornamental and medicinal chrysanthemums. However, the... Read more ...

Tracking proteins in the heart of cells

Cells must provide their internal organelles with all the energy elements they need, which are formed in the Golgi apparatus, the center of maturation and redistribution of... Read more ...

Study: Combined liver-cytokine humanization rescues circulating red blood...

In a new study by the Yale Department of Immunobiology and Yale Cancer Center, researchers report combined liver and growth factor humanization enhances human red blood cell... Read more ...

Performance Evaluation of a Wearable Tattoo Electrode Suitable for...

Commercial high-density surface electromyography electrodes have limited spatial fidelity, and require electrode paste. As a result, the recorded signals have limited... Read more ...

Evaluation of a Wireless Tongue Tracking System on the Identification of...

Visualizing tongue movement in real-time has the potential to improve therapy outcome for millions of people worldwide living with a speech sound disorder because the... Read more ...

ValveTech: a Novel Robotic Approach for Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve...

The presented surgical robot provides a highly controllable instrument for efficient delivery of an artificial valve under integrated endoscopic vision. The flexible... Read more ...

Infusion Mechanisms in Brain White Matter and its Dependence of...

The limited understanding of solute transport in brain white matter tissue has hindered optimisation of infusion-based drug delivery therapies. This paper describes the first... Read more ...