Genomic & Biopharma News

Experts provide overview of deaths reported in Europe following BNT162b2 vaccination
The GACVS COVID-19 Vaccine Safety subcommittee met virtually on Tuesday, 19 January 2021, to review available information and data on deaths reported in frail, elderly individuals who had received the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, BNT162b2 (hereafter, BNT162b2).
News Medical Life Sciences, 2021-01-25 05:02:28

COVID-19: Clinical Pathways to Pandemic Relief
By Graeme Gardner, Ph.D.
ORB Company Blog, 2020-03-26 19:58:16

Scientists call for strict control measures to reduce the spread of new COVID-19 variants
A group of scientists is calling on governments to consider the continued use of strict control measures as the only way to reduce the evolution and spread of new COVID-19 variants.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2021-01-25 05:00:00

Study: Armed conflict affects health needs of at least 630 million women, children
Armed conflicts are becoming increasingly complex and protracted and a growing threat to humanitarian access and the delivery of essential health services, affecting at least 630 million women and children--over 8% of the world's population--in 2017.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2021-01-25 04:57:06

Second-generation double antibody protects from SARS-CoV-2 and its tested variants
The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB; Bellinzona, Switzerland), affiliated to the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) developed a second-generation 'double antibody' that protects from SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, and all its tested variants. It also prevents the virus from mutating to resist the therapy.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2021-01-25 04:53:51

Space Biology: A Road to the Moon, Mars, and Beyond
It’s an exciting time in the field of space travel research. In 2019, SpaceX launched its Dragon spacecraft and Boeing launched its CST-100 Starliner. Both are designed to one day carry human passengers to their destination and home again. These launches represent a critical milestone towards NASA’s return to launching American astronauts to space from American soil using American commercial spacecraft.
ORB Company Blog, 2020-02-26 22:19:00

Preference for male child is declining in Bangladesh, shows study
Research from the University of Kent has demonstrated a decline in 'son preference' by women of childbearing age in Bangladesh. However, the study also shows that fertility decisions are still influenced according to son preference.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2021-01-25 04:52:17

Study looks at anxiety of HCW during the COVID-19 pandemic
The study reveals that healthcare workers from Saudi Arabia suffer from a high level of anxiety due to a higher risk of acquiring severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. The study is currently available on the medRxiv* preprint server.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2021-01-25 04:48:54

Study: Understanding nutrient accumulation within cycads is essential to effective horticultural management
Collective research to date regarding nutrients found in the leaves of contemporary cycad species has been inconsistent as far as data collection and narrow in scope, according to a University of Guam-led literature review published on Nov. 19 in Horticulturae journal.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2021-01-25 04:41:00

Transcriptional regulator BRD2 as a potential therapeutic target for COVID-19
A team of international scientists has demonstrated that therapeutic inhibition of a transcriptional regulator BRD2, required for the endogenous expression of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), can potentially suppress severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. The study is currently available on the bioRxiv* preprint server.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2021-01-25 04:26:09

Experts advise disaggregating data on COVID-19 patients by sex
Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine have highlighted the importance of ensuring studies of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) report data in a sex-disaggregated manner.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2021-01-25 03:11:02