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Techniques Devised to Speed-Up Plant Breeding

Plant scientists in Australia and the U.K. developed a process that sharply cuts the amount of time needed to produce new breeds of plant crops including commercial varieties of wheat. . . . → Read More: Techniques Devised to Speed-Up Plant Breeding

Cell Engineering Company Launches, Raises $4.7 Million

A company designing biological circuits with techniques derived from computer-assisted design like those used in semiconductors is starting up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. . . . → Read More: Cell Engineering Company Launches, Raises $4.7 Million

Finland Begins Large-Scale National Genomic Study

The country of Finland is conducting a nationwide genomic analysis of its population, collecting 500,000 blood samples from its 5.5 million citizens. . . . → Read More: Finland Begins Large-Scale National Genomic Study

FDA Approves Gene Therapy for Inherited Vision Loss

A therapy using transfers of healthy genes to treat a rare form of inherited vision loss was approved today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. . . . → Read More: FDA Approves Gene Therapy for Inherited Vision Loss

FDA Issues Draft Precision Medicine Trial Guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued draft regulatory guidance on clinical trials for new treatments that target genetic mutations rather than disease states. . . . → Read More: FDA Issues Draft Precision Medicine Trial Guidance

Tobacco Plants Studied as Drug Bio-Factories

A university in Australia is joining a European research project to create new types of tobacco plants for producing pharmaceuticals. . . . → Read More: Tobacco Plants Studied as Drug Bio-Factories

Engineered Cells Identify Rare Epilepsy Drug Candidates

A process using high-speed screening of drug candidates with genetically engineered cells identified potential drugs to treat a rare form of childhood epilepsy. . . . → Read More: Engineered Cells Identify Rare Epilepsy Drug Candidates

FDA Approves Precision Solid Tumor Cancer Diagnostics

The Food and Drug Administration approved genomic tests for solid tumor cancers that identify the most promising available therapies matched to the tumor’s genetic mutations. . . . → Read More: FDA Approves Precision Solid Tumor Cancer Diagnostics

Protein Made by Synthetic Bacteria with Expanded DNA

An academic-industry lab team produced a synthetic protein from an engineered bacteria, with DNA modified to expand its number of chemical coding components. . . . → Read More: Protein Made by Synthetic Bacteria with Expanded DNA

Large-Scale Genome Editing Technology in Development

Two biotechnology companies are creating an automated process for delivering large, complex genetic cargoes into cells for genome editing. . . . → Read More: Large-Scale Genome Editing Technology in Development