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Neural Network Identifies Possible Syndromes from Facial Profiles

7 January 2019

A Boston biotechnology company has built a neural network which examines the overall elements of the human face and compiles a list of the ten genetic syndromes that person potentially has, possibly helping medical professionals narrow down the diagnosis for that individual.

3 January 2019

Bristol-Myers Squibb to Buy Celgene for $74bn

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) has announced intentions to buy Celgene for $74bn. This transaction, the fourth largest such deal in pharma history, will give BMS access to several cancer franchises, including experimental cell therapies which attack tumours.

20 December 2018

PetaGene Acquires Further $2.1 Million in Funding

Data compression startup PetaGene has closed a significant contract with biopharma company Romulus Capital, attracting £2.1 million in funding from that organisation and several other investors based in Silicon Valley and London. This investment round brings PetaGene’s total funding to $3.2 million.

19 December 2018

New tRNA Sequencing Method Uncovers Microbiome Activity

A new high-throughput sequencing technique created by scientists at the University of Chicago will uncover how naturally occurring microbiomes respond to real-world conditions and diets. The technique, outlined in Nature Communications, directly analyses transfer RNA (tRNA) to give a clear picture of microbial communities’ reactions to environment changes including temperature variations and nutrient availability.

19 December 2018

Injectable RNA Treatment Helps Cure LCA Blindness

Data has shown the success of a new therapy to combat Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), one of the leading causes of blindness in children, in LCA patients with CEP290 mutations. CEP290 acts as a barrier between two compartments of photoreceptor cells in the eye which convert light into signals, creating vision. Blindnesses caused by CEP290 […]

19 December 2018

Marijuana Triggers Changes Genetics of User Sperm

Researchers have announced that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient in marijuana, affects epigenetics, triggering structural and regulatory changes in the DNA of users’ sperm.

19 December 2018

Hepatitis Drug Could Help Delay Progress of ALS

Telbivudine, a drug currently in use for treating patients with hepatitis, could be of use in significantly slowing the progression of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), scientists from the University of Alberta have announced.

18 December 2018

Most Orphan Drugs Performing Poorly, Report Finds

The latest annual report from Trinity Partners has found that orphan disease drugs often perform poorly at launch and continue to underachieve after three years of sales. At the other end of the spectrum, the most successful drugs on the market were for non-orphan diseases such as cancer and HIV.

18 December 2018

No-Incision CRISPR Reduces Genetic Obesity in Mice

A modified version of CRISPR has been used to reverse genetic obesity in two different mouse models without editing any genes. The technique uses the guidance system in CRISPR to target certain genetic sequences and amplifies existing gene activity to ramp up protein production.