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UCSF, Stanford and Johns Hopkins join FDA partners...

At a time when Big Pharma is increasingly tapping academic institutions for expertise in informatics and data-driven computer models for drug discovery, the FDA has selected Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for a new initiative aimed at streamlining the drug development and approval process. Under the FDA’s Centers of Excellence in Regulatory Science...

Canada to set up cancer cloud computing facility

Recognition of the insights hidden in genetic data and the difficulty in extracting them has prompted governments around the world to stump up cash for informatics projects. Canada is set to continue upping its investments in the field, with a cancer cloud computing facility the latest project to secure financial backing. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council initiated the project and has brought Genome...

Researchers create protein with potential for weig...

It sounds like a magic bullet: Administer a protein, watch the subject lose weight. But that’s exactly what University of Florida scientists found when they discovered a new way to deliver a protein that helps develop cells that convert fat into energy. The study builds upon on a discovery by Bruce Spiegelman, a cell biologist at the Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, who found that human muscles release a hormone...

Remarkable Twin Study Widens View of Down’s ...

A large coalition of European and American researchers this week published a new gene expression study of trisomy 21, better known as Down’s syndrome, using a novel cellular model of the disorder. Induced pluripotent stem cells were derived from a set of identical twins, only one of which possessed the third copy of chromosome 21 that causes the symptoms of Down’s syndrome. Because identical twins are genetically...

New Protein Finding Gives Hope to Infertility Pati...

Answering the question of “how do babies come in this world” is not easy at any age. You may laugh now, but as children we all heard the stories about some birds and some bees, some storks or other similar versions, while as adults, we are probably telling our children the same tales, so they can find out later, in an academical environment, the truth about conception and birth. But science went even further in trying to...

Experimental drug could thwart measles outbreaks

A new antiviral drug may provide an effective way to treat measles in those who have not been vaccinated. When tested in an oral form in animals infected with a similar version of the measles virus, the experimental drug not only prevented animals from dying of the disease, but it significantly reduced virus levels. Developed by scientists from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, the Emory...
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