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Anthrax may be the next tool in the fight against bladder cancer

14-Nov-2019

Anthrax may soon help more people win the fight against bladder cancer, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says strikes about 72,000 Americans each year and kills about 16,000, and is one of the most expensive cancers to treat. The current treatments for bladder cancer are ...

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Better biosensor technology created for stem cells

Technology may help guide treatment of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's diseases

13-Nov-2019

A Rutgers-led team has created better biosensor technology that may help lead to safe stem cell therapies for treating Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and other neurological disorders. The technology, which features a unique graphene and gold-based platform and high-tech imaging, monitors ...

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Bayer invests USD 50 Million in eGenesis Series B financing round

Investment to support development of human-compatible xeno organs to address the global organ shortage crisis

11-Nov-2019

eGenesis, a biotechnology company utilizing breakthrough gene editing technologies for the development of effective human-compatible organs to address the global organ shortage, successfully completed a USD 100 million Series B financing. The financing was led by Fresenius Medical Care Ventures ...

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Scientists crack structure of a novel enzyme linked to cell growth and cancer

08-Nov-2019

RNA, or ribonucleic acid, is present in the cells of all living beings and required to synthesize proteins. A research team at the University of California, Riverside, has discovered the structure of a novel RNA-modifying enzyme, ZCCHC4, and identified the mechanism that controls how this enzyme ...

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Combination gene therapy treats multiple age-related diseases

Treatment increases healthspan in mice and could lead to increased longevity

07-Nov-2019

As we age, our bodies tend to develop diseases like heart failure, kidney failure, diabetes, and obesity, and the presence of any one disease increases the risk of developing others. Traditional drug development targets only one condition per drug, largely ignoring the interconnectedness of ...

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Implantable cancer traps could provide earlier diagnosis

04-Nov-2019

Invasive procedures to biopsy tissue from cancer-tainted organs could be replaced by simply taking samples from a tiny "decoy" implanted just beneath the skin, University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated in mice. These devices have a knack for attracting cancer cells traveling through ...

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Bacterial lifestyle alters the evolution of antibiotic resistance

28-Oct-2019

How bacteria live -- whether as independent cells or in a communal biofilm -- determines how they evolve antibiotic resistance, which could lead to more personalized approaches to antimicrobial therapy and infection control. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers repeatedly ...

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Aҫaí berry extracts fight malaria in mice

18-Oct-2019

Despite humanity's best efforts to eradicate malaria, the disease struck more than 200 million people in 2017, according to the World Health Organization. Worse yet, the parasite that causes malaria is developing resistance to many antimalarial drugs, including the mainstay, chloroquine. ...

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Computational 'match game' identifies potential antibiotics

Software tool speeds discovery using microbial datasets

18-Oct-2019

Computational biologists at Carnegie Mellon University have devised a software tool that can play a high-speed "Match Game" to identify bioactive molecules and the microbial genes that produce them so they can be evaluated as possible antibiotics and other therapeutic agents. Working with ...

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Scientists work toward a rapid point-of-care diagnostic test for Lyme disease

18-Oct-2019

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology describes a new rapid assay for Lyme disease that could lead to a practical test for use by healthcare providers. The researchers found the assay, which uses several biomarkers to detect Lyme disease infection, was more sensitive than ...

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