New research shows that a specific gene is associated with an increased risk of cannabis abuse. The gene is the source of a so-called nicotine receptor in the brain, and people with low amounts of this receptor have an increased risk of cannabis abuse. […]
In the face of growing international concerns over antimicrobial resistance, Qiagen has launched a one-stop shop that compiles publicly available genomic data, scientific literature and phenotypic information on potential superbugs. […]
VBI Vaccines’ hepatitis B candidate Sci-B-Vac has mostly matched GlaxoSmithKline’s Engerix-B in a phase 3 trial, but investors zeroed in on the failure to achieve a secondary objective and sent VBI’s stock down 66%. […]
Studies by scientists at Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center suggest that heteroresistance is widespread among hard-to-treat multidrug-resistant bacteria, but may be diagnosed as antibiotic susceptibility or outright resistance. In vitro experiments and tests in live mice showed how antibiotics that are ineffective when used singly, can effectively kill otherwise deadly heteroresistant strains when used in combination.
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AstraZeneca spinout Viela Bio has raised $75 million to take anti-CD19 antibody inebilizumab toward approval. The series B round comes 16 months after Viela broke free from AstraZeneca with six drugs and $250 million in funding. […]
Investigators at Virginia Tech believe they have discovered one of the molecules shed by the microbes that mediates the host inflammatory response. Findings from the new study—just published in PNAS through an article entitled “Borrelia burgdorferi peptidoglycan is a persistent antigen in patients with Lyme arthritis”—could help pave the way for novel therapeutics to relieve many patients of the joint paint associated with Lyme disease.
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