Genomic & Biopharma News

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

Single-cell RNA sequencing analysis reveals patients' immune responses to severe COVID-19
A new single-cell RNA sequencing analysis of more than 59,000 cells from three different patient cohorts provides a detailed look at patients' immune responses to severe cases of COVID-19.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-07-12 14:08:00

Biologists discover extraordinary regeneration of injured neurons in zebrafish
Biologists from the University of Bayreuth have discovered a uniquely rapid form of regeneration in injured neurons and their function in the central nervous system of zebrafish.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-07-12 14:03:17

Gender bias may be decreasing in evaluating surgical residency faculty members
In the male-dominated field of surgery, female faculty of training programs tend to receive lower scores than male faculty on their teaching evaluations, which are important for career advancement, past research has found.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-07-12 13:54:00

New guidance published for research on HIV, co-infections in pregnancy
Pregnant women are among those most in need of safe and effective preventives and treatments for HIV and co-infections. Yet because they are commonly excluded from research, they are among the least likely to have robust, timely evidence to inform decisions around the use of medications.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-07-12 13:33:58

GE Healthcare selects UH to evaluate new mobile x-ray system enabled with Critical Care Suite
GE Healthcare chose University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in November of 2019 as the first hospital in the US to evaluate its new mobile x-ray system enabled with Critical Care Suite, the world's first on-device AI solution for triage & notification of critical findings and quality errors.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-07-12 13:33:10

New mutation in common subtype of influenza virus helps evade immune response
Strains of a common subtype of influenza virus, H3N2, have almost universally acquired a mutation that effectively blocks antibodies from binding to a key viral protein, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-07-12 13:24:15

Harnessing the microbiome potential
Spring is underway in parts of the US, and while Florida by no means undergoes the dramatic reappearance of foliage or colorful clumps of daffodils and azaleas, the southern part of the sunshine state experiences its share of spring renewals.  For instance, recently a brood of Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) hatchlings appeared near Ocean Ridge Biosciences' laboratory.
ORB Company Blog, 2017-03-31 21:41:45

Study documents intrauterine transmission of SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy
A baby girl in Texas - born prematurely to a mother with COVID-19 - is the strongest evidence to date that intrauterine (in the womb) transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can occur, reports The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, the official journal of The European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-07-12 13:15:00

Aerosol boxes increase healthcare workers' exposure to COVID-19
A new study shows that certain aerosol boxes of a similar type to those that have been manufactured and used in hospitals in the UK and around the world in order to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19 can actually increase exposure to airborne particles that carry the virus, and thus casts doubt on their usefulness.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-07-12 13:08:18

COVID-19-associated stroke patients have higher risk for severe disability and death
Acute ischemic strokes (AIS) associated with COVID-19 are more severe, lead to worse functional outcomes and are associated with higher mortality , according to new research published yesterday in Stroke, a journal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.
News Medical Life Sciences, 2020-07-12 09:56:14