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Small signaling molecule gives green light for cell division


Generating offspring is the evolutionary goal of all living organisms. The multiplication of individual cells is coordinated by the cell cycle. For the discovery of how this process is regulated in eukaryotes the Noble Prize was awarded in 2001. The team of Prof. Urs Jenal at the Biozentrum of ...


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Restoring vision to blind mice


Scientists from the Universities of Bern in Switzerland and Göttingen in Germany have succeeded in restoring vision to blind mice. They've developed a molecular light switch as a potential therapy for acquired blindness. Hereditary blindness caused by a progressive degeneration of the ...


Cotton fibres instead of carbon nanotubes


Plant-based cellulose nanofibres do not pose a short-term health risk, especially short fibres, shows a study conducted in the context of National Research Programme "Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials" (NRP 64). But lung cells are less efficient in eliminating longer fibres. Similar to ...


Siegfried acquires significant segments of BASF’s pharmaceutical supply business


The Siegfried Group signed an agreement with the German company BASF with the aim of acquiring significant segments of BASF’s pharmaceutical supply business and connected chemical-pharmaceutical production units in Germany, France and Switzerland. Siegfried expects the transaction to be concluded ...


Mymetics-Led Consortium Awarded €8.4 Million for Development of Thermo Stable and Cold-Chain Independent Vaccines


Mymetics Corporation announced that its subsidiary Mymetics BV in the Netherlands is leading a consortium that has been selected to receive project grants with a total value of €8.4 million. A total of €5.3 million is funded as part of Horizon 2020, the European Union research and innovation ...


Santhera's Positive Phase III Trial (DELOS) in Patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy


Santhera Pharmaceuticals announced that the full results of the double-blind placebo-controlled Phase III trial (DELOS) demonstrating efficacy and safety of Raxone®/Catena® (INN: idebenone) in patients with DMD have been published in The Lancet. The results of the DELOS trial demonstrated that ...


Evidence grows that melanoma drugs benefit some lung cancer patients

Many patients with BRAF-mutant cancers benefit from treatment with BRAF inhibitors, European researchers report at ELCC


A subset of lung cancer patients can derive important clinical benefits from drugs that are more commonly used to treat melanoma, the authors of a new academic clinical trial in Europe have reported at the European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC) in Geneva, Switzerland.Dr. Oliver Gautschi, a ...


DNA blood test detects lung cancer mutations

Circulating tumour DNA in blood a valid option for EGFR testing in patients who do not have accessible tumour tissue, study shows


Cancer DNA circulating in the bloodstream of lung cancer patients can provide doctors with vital mutation information that can help optimise treatment when tumour tissue is not available, an international group of researchers has reported at the European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC) in Geneva, ...


Smokers underestimate risks of a few cigarettes

Survey shows that many live in ‘denial’ of the real risks of smoking even a small number of cigarettes a day


Many people still dangerously underestimate the health risks associated with smoking even a few cigarettes a day, despite decades of public health campaigning, French researchers have reported at the European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The results demonstrate powerfully ...


Sobi receives orphan drug designation for Elocta in Switzerland


Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB has received orphan drug designation in Switzerland for its long acting haemophilia drug candidate Elocta (rFVIIIFc) developed for the treatment of haemophilia A. An orphan drug designation is to encourage the development of medicines for rare diseases and provides ...


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