Detecting wildlife illness and death with new early alert system

From domoic acid poisoning in seabirds to canine distemper in raccoons, wildlife face a variety of threats and illnesses. Some of those same diseases make their way to humans and…

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Conversion of genetic information from DNA to proteins: role of mRNA

The corona pandemic has ensured that the term “mRNA” is now also known to a large public beyond laboratories and lecture halls. However, the molecule is much more than an…

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Hard to swallow: Coral cells seen engulfing algae

In a world-first, scientists in Japan have observed individual stony coral cells engulfing single-celled, photosynthetic algae. The microscopic algae, known as dinoflagellates, were engulfed by cells cultured from the stony…

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Rapid evolution in waterfleas yields new conservation insights

The extraordinary ability of animals to rapidly evolve in response to predators has been demonstrated via genetic sequencing of a waterflea population across nearly two decades. In a new study,…

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ACB hires Liu from Eureka Therapeutics to lead push into clinic

Anticancer Bioscience (ACB) has named Hong Liu as vice president of clinical development. Liu joins ACB from Eureka Therapeutics, where he took multiple drug candidates from discovery to IND filing…

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Ribon, backed by biopharma majors, raises $65M to take PARP7 inhibitor deeper into the clinic

Ribon Therapeutics has raised $65 million to advance a  pipeline led by a PARP7 inhibitor deeper into the clinic. The financing positions Ribon to build on work to target stress…

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Eli Lilly’s $1B buyout bet for Protomer brings the ‘next frontier’ in smart insulin tech under the Big Pharma’s wing

Eli Lilly is looking to shore up its future diabetes franchise by putting $1 billion on the table to buy out next-gen biotech Protomer. Six-year-old Protomer is engineering protein therapeutics…

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New WHO study links moderate alcohol use with higher cancer risk

One in four new breast cancers and one in five colon cancers in Canada attributed to alcohol Credit: World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) July…

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Quantum physics helps destroy cancer cells

Researchers have found a way to enhance radiation therapy using novel iodine nanoparticles Cancer cell death is triggered within three days when X-rays are shone onto tumor tissue containing iodine-carrying…

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Controlling Alzheimer’s by targeting immune signaling between brain cells

In Alzheimer’s disease, an overactive immune system kills off neuronal cells, leading to dementia. Now, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have pinpointed a protein involved in immune signaling they believe plays…

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