Clostridium difficile, a bacterium known to cause symptoms from diarrhea to life-threatening colon damage, is part of a growing epidemic for the elderly and hospitalized patients. Biologists have now developed models of the common fruit fly to help develop novel therapies to fight the pathogen.
ZUG, Switzerland and CAMBRIDGE, Mass. , Jan. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CRISPR Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CRSP), a biopharmaceutical company focused on creating transformative gene-based medicines for serious diseases, today announced that Samarth Kulkarni , Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of CRISPR
GENE EDITING CRISPR’d Cells Show Promise in First US Human Safety TrialMegan Molteni | Wired “The highly anticipated results showed that the procedure is both safe and feasible; the CRISPR’d cells went where they were supposed to go and survived for longer than expected. They didn’t cure anyone’s cancer, but they didn’t kill anyone, either, […]
The World Health Organization’s director-general cautioned Saturday that transmission of the new coronavirus outside of China may increase and countries should prepare for that possibility. “It’s slow now, but it may accelerate,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press conference in Geneva. “So while it’s still slow there is a window of opportunity that we […]
Medical devices, in the form of ingestible capsules, have many potential applications for treating patients with gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, including drug delivery, health monitoring, and disease diagnosis. However, these devices usually need to be removed surgically after treatment. Scientists from the Traverso lab at MIT have been exploring the use of different materials that can […]
In 20 – 40% of patients with cancer, metastasis (the development of secondary tumors) in the central nervous system (CNS) occurs. CNS metastatis impacts negatively on a patient’s quality of life, and is associated with a poor health prognosis.
Heralded as a genetically modified crop with the potential to save millions of lives, Golden Rice has just been approved as safe for human and animal consumption by regulators in the Philippines. The rice is a beta carotene-enriched crop that is intended to reduce Vitamin A deficiency (VAD), a health problem in very poor areas. […]
0000-0002-6828-1000 This is the last PLOS synbio post. Since July 2014, when the dedicated community blog on synthetic biology was launched, till the end of December 2019, PLOS synbio was one of the prominent voices in the synthetic biology community. But as PLOS will restructure its blogs, the community blogs will need to discontinue. […]
COMPUTING Alphabet Has a Second Secretive Quantum Computing TeamTom Simonite | Wired “[Alphabet’s ‘moonshot’ incubator X’s] small group of quantum researchers is not building its own quantum computing hardware. The group’s leader is more interested in creating new algorithms and applications to run on quantum computers, and building software libraries that allow conventional coders to use […]
There is still reason to believe the growing coronavirus outbreak in China can be contained, a top World Health Organization official said Saturday, pointing to some evidence that the disease may not be spreading as rapidly as is feared. He also downplayed reports that people infected with the virus may be contagious before they show […]