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  • Brain cells protect muscles from wasting away
    on February 21, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Several processes in the roundworm C. elegans boost the stress response in cells, incidentally making worms resistant to a high-fat diet and extending their lifespan. Researchers have found another: cells called glia that release a hormone that boosts the unfolded protein response in the endoplasmic reticulum of the worm's cells, effectively doubling lifespan. This could lead to interventions to tune up peripheral cells, such as muscle cells, and prevent age-related deterioration in humans. […]

  • Aromatherapy Wafts toward Drug Discovery Space
    on February 21, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Contrary to generally held belief, most essential oil components are amenable to medicinal chemistry techniques and may qualify as good drug candidates, report scientists based at VIB-KU Leuven. Moreover, these components also offer attractive opportunities for lead optimization or even fragment-based drug discovery. Because their therapeutic potential is still under-scrutinized, the scientists propose that essential oil components be explored more vigorously with present-day methods. The post Aromatherapy Wafts toward Drug Discovery Space appeared first on GEN - Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News. […]

  • The coronavirus is picking up steam outside China, narrowing chances of eliminating it
    on February 21, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    There's been a sharp rise in the number of cases of the coronavirus in several countries, including South Korea and Iran. […]

  • BD, Babson pair up to bring capillary blood draws to retail pharmacies
    on February 21, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    BD will begin working with Babson Diagnostics to help bring its lab-quality device for collecting blood from capillaries into pharmacies and retail settings. […]

  • STAT Plus: After 21-year journey, Esperion to test market for a cholesterol pill that is less expensive than some competitors
    on February 21, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    After a 21-year journey, Esperion will test the market for a cholesterol pill that is less expensive than some competitors. […]

  • Antigen-based metric could better predict which patients benefit from immunotherapy, study says
    on February 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Scientists have developed a new metric they believe can help predict whether patients will respond to a class of immunotherapies known as checkpoint inhibitors. […]

  • At Laboratory for Advanced Medicine, New CEO Sharpens Commercial Focus
    on February 21, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    With a new CEO at the helm, the Laboratory for Advanced Medicine (LAM) is preparing for the launch of its first liquid biopsy—a blood test designed to detect early-stage liver cancer, expected to win approvals starting in China this year. The post At Laboratory for Advanced Medicine, New CEO Sharpens Commercial Focus appeared first on GEN - Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News. […]

  • Struggling Tocagen becomes Nasdaq on-ramp for Forte Bio
    on February 21, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Last fall, a late-stage brain cancer flop prompted Tocagen to cut 65% of its workforce to stay afloat. Now, out of options, the one-time cancer specialist will become Forte Biosciences’ route to the public markets. The duo announced Wednesday that they would merge in an all-stock deal. […]

  • STAT Plus: Up and down the ladder: The latest comings and goings
    on February 21, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    From new hires to departures, promotions and transfers, here are the latest comings and goings in the pharmaceutical industry. […]

  • Sophia Genetics taps ex-Foundation Medicine CEO as chairman
    on February 21, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    The former CEO of the molecular testing company Foundation Medicine, Troy Cox, has been named chairman of the Swiss big data firm Sophia Genetics after serving on its board of directors for less than a year. […]