Some of the same genes may be involved in different types of epilepsy, pointing the way to possible new treatments Epilepsy is one of the most widespread neurological disorders, but relatively little is known about the genes involved in the more common types. By examining all the genes of over 17,000 people, an international research group has found that more…
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Microfluidics device helps diagnose sepsis in minutes When time matters in hospitals, automated system can detect an early biomarker for the potentially life-threatening condition. Rob Matheson | MIT News Office July 23, 2019 Press Inquiries SHARE COMMENT A novel sensor designed by MIT researchers could dramatically accelerate the process of diagnosing sepsis, a leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals…
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JNDA Submission Represents First Regulatory Submission for Marketing Approval of Vadadustat CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 23, 2019– Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: AKBA), today announced that Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation (MTPC), its development and commercialization collaboration partner in Japan for vadadustat, Akebia’s investigational oral hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl hydroxylase inhibitor (HIF-PHI), has submitted a Japanese New Drug Application (JNDA) to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan for manufacturing and…
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(Credit: Pietro Artoni/Boston Children’s Hospital) Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders often aren’t diagnosed until a child is a few years of age, when behavioral interventions and speech/occupational therapy become less effective. But new research this week in PNAS suggests that two simple, quantifiable measures — spontaneous fluctuations in pupil dilation or heart rate — could enable much earlier diagnosis of Rett syndrome and possibly other…
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3D InSight™ Human Liver Disease platform provides the most physiologically relevant testing environment for efficacy and safety InSphero 07/19/2019 Schlieren, Switzerland – July 17, 2019   InSphero AG today announced a breakthrough in 3D cell technology for drug discovery and safety testing with the launch of its 3D InSight™ Human Liver Disease Discovery Platform for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The…
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A New Spin on an Old Question

DNA helicopters offer insight into how biological machines power living things BY Caitlin McDermott-MurphyHarvard Correspondent For decades, researchers have chased ways to study how biological machines power living things. Every mechanical movement — from contracting a muscle to replicating DNA — relies on energy-fueled molecular motors that take tiny, near-undetectable steps. Trying to see these movements is like trying to watch…
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Glioblastoma is an incurable brain cancer that kills most patients less than two years after diagnosis. The disease is difficult to treat largely because tumors each contain multiple kinds of cells. The aggressive brain cancer can also vastly differ between patients, so much so that researchers debate whether glioblastoma should be considered a single disease. A new study may help…
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Throughout the animal kingdom, males and females frequently exhibit sexual dimorphism: differences in characteristic traits that often make it easy to tell them apart. In mammals, one of the most common sex-biased traits is size, with males typically being larger than females. This is true in humans: Men are, on average, taller than women. However, biological differences among males and…
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Boehringer Ingelheim has entered into a collaboration and global license agreement for Bridge Biotherapeutics’s autotaxin inhibitor BBT-877 to be developed for fibrosing interstitial lung diseases including IPF With this new partnership Boehringer Ingelheim further expands its commitment to bring new treatments to patients with fibrosing interstitial lung diseases including IPF Bridge Biotherapeutics stands to receive up to more than EUR…
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BURLINGTON, Mass. and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — MilliporeSigma and the Broad Institute of MITand Harvard today announced an agreement to offer non-exclusive licenses to CRISPR intellectual property (IP) under their respective control for use in commercial research and product development. “Together with the Broad Institute, we are simplifying the path to licensing CRISPR technology, which will make it more widely available to the global research and…
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