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Understanding a Cell's 'Doorbell': Drug Design Advances are the Research Goal
Understanding a Cell's 'Doorbell': Drug Design Advances are the Research Goal
News   Apr 13, 2018

A multi-institutional project to understand one of the major targets of human drug design has produced new insights into how structural communication works in a cell component called a G protein-coupled receptor.

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Training Computers to Trace Brain Cells
Training Computers to Trace Brain Cells
News   Apr 13, 2018

Identifying structures in brain cells generally requires a long and potentially damaging process of staining to enable particular features to be picked out. Now, researchers are training computers to do the grunt work for them.

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Catching a Big Fish Genome Requires Big Data
Catching a Big Fish Genome Requires Big Data
News   Apr 12, 2018

After completing a 685 million piece genomic puzzle, researchers have put together the genome of the California Yellowtail, a fish with huge potential tfor fishing in the US.

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Lonza Opens World’s Largest Dedicated Cell-and-Gene-Therapy Manufacturing Facility in Texas
Lonza Opens World’s Largest Dedicated Cell-and-Gene-Therapy Manufacturing Facility in Texas
News   Apr 12, 2018

First-of-its-kind, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility with capacity to produce treatment for thousands of patients suffering from rare genetic disorders or life-threatening diseases.

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Quartzy and Lab Launch Inc. Partnership to Help New Labs
Quartzy and Lab Launch Inc. Partnership to Help New Labs
News   Apr 11, 2018

Quartzy, a free online lab supply management and ordering platform, will now be made available to Lab Launch Inc. labs, which will provide new labs with software and equipment.

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IONTAS and IGEM Therapeutics Collaborate to Identify Novel IgE Antibodies
IONTAS and IGEM Therapeutics Collaborate to Identify Novel IgE Antibodies
News   Apr 11, 2018

The project will add to IGEM’s pipeline of drugs and expand upon IGEM-F, an IgE targeting ovarian and other cancers, currently in a Phase 1/2a study.

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Coordinated Data Alerts Help Lower Prescription Drug Risks
Coordinated Data Alerts Help Lower Prescription Drug Risks
News   Apr 11, 2018

Opioids and benzodiazepines are the most common drug classes involved in overdoses. Now, a new electronic warning system has helped lower co-prescription of these drugs for high-risk patients.

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HEx Technology Cracks Cryptic Codes Identifying Potential Therapeutic Compounds
HEx Technology Cracks Cryptic Codes Identifying Potential Therapeutic Compounds
News   Apr 11, 2018

Researchers have developed a technology, known as ‘HEx’, that can detect natural products from fungal species, products which are usually extremely difficult to identify. This approach could be used to find natural compounds with therapeutic potential – paving the way to novel antimicrobial drugs.

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Computational Methods Provide Greater Understanding of Molecular Protein Function
Computational Methods Provide Greater Understanding of Molecular Protein Function
News   Apr 06, 2018

A new "Focus Feature" collection on protein functions published by PLOS Computational Biology highlights new computational methods for exploring the molecular function of proteins. The studies could help pave pathways for a wide variety of future research, including design of new drugs.

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Robotics Takes Mass Spec to the Third Dimension
Robotics Takes Mass Spec to the Third Dimension
News   Apr 05, 2018

Within the past decade, many advancements have been made in the 3-D market from printing to movies. Now scientists report that by combining a robotic arm and mass spectrometry, they can analyze the surface of irregularly shaped 3-D objects, potentially opening up new branches of forensics and pharmaceutics.

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