Scientists Question Data Behind an Experimental Alzheimer’s Drug

Studies linked to Cassava Sciences, once a stock market favorite, have been retracted or challenged by medical journals.

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Inside the High-Stakes Race to Test the Covid Tests

Researchers in Atlanta have helped the federal government evaluate dozens of Covid tests and pioneer a new model for developing novel diagnostics.

#antibodies, #biology-and-biochemistry, #biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #influenza, #product-tests, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Why Nasal Covid Vaccines May Make Better Boosters

Nasal vaccines under development around the world may make better boosters by stopping the coronavirus in the airways.

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The Kunga Was a Status Symbol Long Before the Thoroughbred

A new study finds the first known instance of a human-engineered hybrid, bred from a donkey and a Syrian wild ass 4,500 years ago.

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U.S. Cracks Down on Firms Said to Aid China’s Repression of Minorities

The Commerce and Treasury Departments put new restrictions on an array of companies and institutions that they said were misusing biotechnology.

#biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #china, #commerce-department, #defense-and-military-forces, #dji-innovations, #facial-recognition-software, #raimondo-gina-m, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #treasury-department, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

The Gene-Synthesis Revolution

Researchers can now design and mass-produce genetic material — a technique that helped build the mRNA vaccines. What could it give us next?

#2021-tech-and-design, #antibiotics, #bacteria, #biology-and-biochemistry, #biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #chemistry, #crispr-dna, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genetics-and-heredity, #ginkgo-bioworks-inc, #synthetic-biology

Democrats Choosing Less Risky Path on Drug Prices

Experts say recent compromises could create less harm in balancing innovation with profits.

#biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #law-and-legislation, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

He Can’t Cure His Dad. But a Scientist’s Research May Help Everyone Else.

The muscle wasting disease that has debilitated Sharif Tabebordbar’s father motivated a life in science that led to an important medical discovery.

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Join Us for a Conversation on the Business of Longevity

On Oct. 12, the Harvard researcher and biotech company founder David Sinclair talks with Andrew Ross Sorkin about the quest for immortality.

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How Biology is Getting a Technological Makeover

The story of Ginkgo Bioworks shows the challenges and progress in the emerging field of synthetic biology.

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How Superweeds Like Palmer Amaranth Are Changing Agriculture

Herbicides are losing the war — and agriculture might never be the same again.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #defoliants-and-herbicides, #genetically-modified-food-gmos, #kansas-state-university, #monsanto-company, #seeds, #weeds

Reinventing the Uterus, One Organoid at a Time

As a bioengineer, Linda Griffith once grew a human ear on the back of a mouse. Now she is reframing endometriosis — a “women’s disease” — as a key to unlocking some of biology’s greatest secrets.

#biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #content-type-personal-profile, #endometriosis, #griffith-linda-g, #gynecology-and-gynecologists, #hysterectomies, #menstruation, #tissue-human, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Living in a World in Which Nature Has Already Lost

In “Second Nature,” Nathaniel Rich offers a tour of the ways humans have both conquered the natural world and been overwhelmed by the unintended consequences.

#biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #books-and-literature, #genetic-engineering, #global-warming, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #rich-nathaniel-1980, #second-nature-scenes-from-a-world-remade-book

How to Lower Drug Prices

Biologic drugs rack up billions in annual U.S. sales. Here’s a solution to lower the costs.

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My Wife Was Wary of My Lab-Made Dinner Party. The Faux Whiskey Won Her Over.

A slew of start-ups are engineering faux meats, eggs and dairy products that conjure a future in which we move from farm-to-table to lab-to-table.

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The Covid-19 Vaccine Doesn’t Mean Big Pharma Is Your Savior

Heroic work went into the development of the coronavirus vaccines. But that doesn’t mean this industry deserves your affection.

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Steaks Grown From Human Cells Spark Interest and Outrage

An artist project offering an absurdist take on the lab-grown meat industry triggers a debate and backlash in London.

#art, #biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #design-museum-london-england, #kac-eduardo, #knight-grace, #meat, #pelling-andrew-e, #philadelphia-museum-of-art, #telhan-orkan

In a Battered New York Office Market, Life Science Is Flourishing

With state and city government support, developers are building laboratories for medical research and incubator spaces for biotech start-ups amid the race for a coronavirus vaccine.

#biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #real-estate-commercial, #science-and-technology

Book Review: ‘Editing Humanity,’ by Kevin Davies

In “Editing Humanity,” Kevin Davies offers an account of Crispr at a moment when its leading American researcher has just won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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These Scientists Are Giving Themselves D.I.Y. Coronavirus Vaccines

Impatient for a coronavirus vaccine, dozens of scientists around the world are giving themselves — and sometimes, friends and family — their own unproven versions.

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Roundup Maker to Pay $10 Billion to Settle Cancer Suits

Bayer faced tens of thousands of claims linking the weedkiller to cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Some of the money is set aside for future cases.

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Tests for Coronavirus Vaccine Need This Ingredient: Horseshoe Crabs

Modern medicine still depends on this animal’s blood to test for bacteria in vaccines. And an alternative test requires further study.

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How Upbeat Vaccine News Fueled a Stock Surge, and an Uproar

The desperate hunt for treatments and vaccines has changed how researchers, regulators, drug companies like Moderna, investors and journalists do their jobs.

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Trump’s Vaccine Chief Has Vast Ties to Drug Industry, Posing Possible Conflicts

Moncef Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical executive, is now overseeing the U.S. initiative to development coronavirus treatments and vaccines. His financial interests and corporate roles have come under scrutiny.

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New Coronavirus Vaccine Czar Says Finding One by January Is a ‘Credible’ Goal

Moncef Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical executive the White House chose to lead a crash development program, acknowledged that the 12-18 month timeline cited by Dr. Anthony Fauci was already “very aggressive.”

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Moderna Gets OK to Start Larger Trial for a Coronavirus Vaccine

The company announced that the Food and Drug Administration had cleared its application to proceed to a clinical trial involving about 600 people.

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With Crispr, a Possible Quick Test for the Coronavirus

A pioneer of the gene-editing technology has devised a diagnostic test for the infection that could be as simple as a pregnancy test.

#biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crispr-dna, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #nature-journal, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science, #zhang-feng-1982

China’s Coronavirus Vaccine Drive Empowers a Troubled Industry

By some measures, it is winning the race, with four companies already testing their vaccine candidates on humans.

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Coronavirus Antibody Tests: Can You Trust the Results?

A team of scientists worked around the clock to evaluate 14 antibody tests. A few worked as advertised. Most did not.

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Putin’s Long War Against American Science

A decade of health disinformation promoted by President Vladimir Putin of Russia has sown wide confusion, hurt major institutions and encouraged the spread of deadly illnesses.

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