The Placebo Response ‒ A Powerful Phenomenon
In a recent interview, Technology Networks had the pleasure of speaking with Professor Ted J. Kaptchuk, leading figure in placebo studies and a scholar of East Asian medicine, about the importance of humanistic dimensions of care, what is currently known about the neurobiology and genetics of placebo effects, open-label placebo studies and ethical use of placebos in clinical practice.
Cell Culture Advances for Vaccine Development and Production
This article will explore how the optimization of cell culture growth medium, the development of superior biological models and the reduced reliance on animal-derived components continue to drive the exciting and rapidly developing art of cell-based vaccine development.
Pathophysiology of Neurodegenerative Diseases: New Approaches for Investigation and Recent Advances
This article will review the research and techniques powering our growing understanding of the mechanisms behind neurodegenerative disease.
Harnessing the Immune System To Treat Cancer
In this article, we consider some of the work being done to enhance the T-cell response to tumors, discuss the promise of oncolytic virotherapy and highlight the potential benefits of combined therapy.
Vaccine Development Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a stack of lessons to assist in the development of future vaccines that should help the world develop vaccines for some of the most difficult pathogens to vaccinate against and prepare for future pandemics – if the lessons are remembered.
The Hunt for a Pan-Coronavirus Vaccine
Coronaviruses patently cause destructive pandemics, and it is possible that we will experience another one in our lifetimes. It makes sense to prepare a vaccine for possible future outbreaks, or for new variants of SARS-CoV-2, writes Anthony King.
The Pursuit of Global, Sustainable and Cooperative Open Science
Technology Networks had the pleasure of speaking with Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn on her impressive contributions to science and society. She highlights early inspirations that cemented her love of science, elaborates on the research that led to her being co-awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and explains why she is advocating for sustainable, cooperative and open science.
Droplet Digital PCR Can Detect Mycoplasma During Gene Therapy Production
This article describes challenges in detecting and removing mycoplasma and highlights how droplet digital PCR can be used as a mycoplasma detection tool.
What the World’s First Pig to Human Heart Transplant Could Mean for the Future of Transplants
On January 7, the world's first genetically-modified pig heart transplant occurred. The surgery was not a clinical trial, but a procedure granted emergency authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration due to the patient's critical condition. What will it mean for the future of transplants?
Exploring the Principle of Ion Exchange Chromatography and Its Applications
Ion-exchange chromatography (IEX) is a class of liquid chromatography used to separate organic and inorganic molecules, in particular biomolecules. In this article, we explore how the technique works and its applications in this context.
Why Biotechnology Companies Should Leverage Novel and Competitive Opportunities With CDMOs To Serve a Greater Population
Dr. Gayatri Sharma explores how expanding partnership focuses could help to reach, treat and heal the greatest number of people in the most efficient manner possible.
Closing the Vaccine Gap
Here, we explore some of the reasons behind vaccine hesitancy and highlight potential ways to combat the issue.