Newer, More Dominant COVID-19 Variant Is More Infectious in the Lab

A SARS-CoV-2 variant that came to researchers’ attention last April and quickly came to dominate the COVID-19 pandemic has been evaluated in the laboratory, where experiments have been performed showing that an engineered version...

Carbon-loving materials designed to reduce industrial emissions

Credit: Credit: Zhenzhen Yang/University of Tennessee Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are advancing gas membrane materials...

Moving Forward after Two Deaths in a Gene Therapy Trial of Myotubular Myopathy

Source: myotubulartrust The very recent report of deaths in a gene therapy trial for children with X-linked myotubular myopathy (MTM) is a tragic reminder of how difficult it is to predict outcomes in first-in-human studies.1 The...

Freeline Closes €106M Series C to Progress Hemophilia Gene Therapy

UK biotech Freeline Therapeutics has extended its Series C round to take its gene therapy for hemophilia B to a pivotal trial, while hinting at the possibility of an IPO in the US later...

New technique reduces cell damage, improves IVF rates

Motile sperm are difficult to collect with a conventional cell sorter because they are vulnerable to physical damage. A research collaboration between Kumamoto and Kyoto Universities in Japan has developed a technique that uses a...

New Method for Treating Myelin Disorders Discovered

A team of researchers at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) have developed a potential treatment strategy for Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD). Using a mouse model, the team identified a toxic protein as a therapeutic target...

Ultrafast, Stable Insulin Developed Thanks to Some “Magic Fairy Dust” Polymer Tech

Researchers at Stanford University are developing an ultrafast-acting insulin formulation that begins to take effect almost immediately upon injection, potentially working four times as fast as current commercial fast-acting insulin formulations. Tests in pigs...

Study finds significant variation in trust of health information by Hispanics

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Jul 1 2020 Hispanic adults vary widely in their reported trust of health information sources, suggesting that information tailored to specific ethnic subgroups and targeted by age group may be beneficial,...

CRISPR Tool, in “CARPID Diem” Spirit, Detects RNA-Protein Interactions in Living Cells

Carpe diem, Horace’s famed proclamation, is usually translated as “seize the day.” A similar sentiment is embodied by a new method to detect RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) in living cells. It is called CARPID, which...

A simpler way to make sensory hearing cells

Credit: Image by Yassan Abdolazimi/Segil Lab/USC Stem Cell Scientists from the USC Stem Cell laboratories of Neil Segil and Justin Ichida are whispering the secrets of a...

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