Genomic & Biopharma News

Scurvy is still found in Canada
Scurvy, the debilitating condition remembered as a disease of pirates, is still found in Canada.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-01-18 05:33:21

New Evidence Points to Asteroid as Cause of Dinosaur Extinction
Carbon cycle modeling and paleotemperature records argue that an asteroid impact—not volcanic fumes—was the main driver of the dinosaur die-off.
The Scientist, 2020-01-17 21:24:54

Childhood adversity and violence exposure can alter the brain
Childhood adversity is a significant problem in the US, particularly for children growing up in poverty.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-01-17 19:54:58

Researchers identify how certain areas of the brain respond to ADHD drug
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurobiological disorder characterized by symptoms of hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-01-17 19:49:25

Key hires during Q2 2019 at ORB
Deerfield Beach, July 19, 2019 - Ocean Ridge Biosciences (ORB) announces two key hires in Q2 2019.
ORB Company News, 2019-07-20 00:49:36

Microbiome DNA signature present in human fetal lungs
The lungs and placentas of fetuses in the womb -- as young as 11 weeks after conception -- already show a bacterial microbiome signature, which suggests that bacteria may colonize the lungs well before birth.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-01-17 19:38:08

UCR receives $2.2 million grant to target critical oncogenes of B-cell lymphoma 2
One way to tackle cancer, the second-leading cause of death in the United States, is to target oncogenes -- genes that have the potential to cause cancer.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-01-17 19:04:35

Book Review - Bad Blood - Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou chronicles the rise and fall of multibillion-dollar biotech startup Theranos. Theranos was started in 2003 by 19-year-old Elizabeth Holmes, a Stanford dropout and former chemical engineering student. Holmes promised investors that her revolutionary technology would perform hundreds of diagnostic tests from only a couple of drops of blood taken from a nanotainer. The problem was that it never worked. However, by 2013 Theranos had made a hundred-million-dollar deal to put its blood testing technology in Walgreens.
ORB Company Blog, 2019-12-12 22:27:05

Chemosensory Cells in the Nose Play a Role in Allergic Reactions
In mice, a group of nasal epithelial cells called brush cells release pro-inflammatory signals in response to allergens.
The Scientist, 2020-01-17 19:00:59

Cannabis exposure during pregnancy has measurable impact on placental and fetal growth
A new study from researchers at Western University and Queen's University definitively shows that regular exposure to THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, during pregnancy has significant impact on placental and fetal development.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-01-17 18:59:06

New 'smart' chair helps form correct body posture from childhood
The concept of the recent study is already presented in the conference materials issued by the French publishing house Atlantis Press, indexed by the Scopus and Web of Science databases. Externally, the "smart" chair is no different from the standard one. The difference is that it is equipped with special sensors that detect a person's posture and forewarn him when he is sitting incorrectly.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-01-17 18:57:16