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Crispr-Edited Bananas Get Industry Funding

Cavendish bananas

A popular type of banana, genetically edited to resist a soil fungus that threatens this fruit worldwide, is now backed by a major American food brand. . . . → Read More: Crispr-Edited Bananas Get Industry Funding

U.S. Supports Home Smartphone Covid-19 Test

Ellume home Covid-19 test

The U.S. government is funding large-scale production of Covid-19 home test kits that send results to the user’s smartphone. . . . → Read More: U.S. Supports Home Smartphone Covid-19 Test

University Halts Covid-19 Vaccine Trials

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An Australian university is stopping development of a vaccine to prevent Covid-19 infections due to antibodies from the vaccine that interfere with HIV tests. . . . → Read More: University Halts Covid-19 Vaccine Trials

Stem Cell Respiratory Therapy Licensed in $1.4B Deal

Inspecting lung X-rays

Global drug maker Novartis is acquiring a stem cell-based treatment for a serious respiratory disease associated with Covid-19 infections. . . . → Read More: Stem Cell Respiratory Therapy Licensed in $1.4B Deal

Online App Encourages Abstinence in Alcohol Addiction

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Results from a clinical trial show users of an online abstinence training app are less likely to relapse in alcohol consumption than sham training app users. . . . → Read More: Online App Encourages Abstinence in Alcohol Addiction

Infographic – Mental Health Effects of Pandemic

Covid-19 and mental health chart

Physical symptoms experienced by people with Covid-19 infections are well documented over the past few months, but the psychological toll is also beginning to get attention. . . . → Read More: Infographic – Mental Health Effects of Pandemic

Advanced Solid Tumor Precision Meds. Trial Begins

Brain tumor graphic

A clinical trial is underway testing a treatment for advanced-stage cancers that blocks amino acids allowing nutrients to feed the growth of solid tumors. . . . → Read More: Advanced Solid Tumor Precision Meds. Trial Begins

Biotech IDs Potent Covid-19 Antibodies

SARS-Cov-2 virus

A company discovering therapeutic antibodies identified antibodies considered particularly effective in neutralizing SARS-CoV-2 viruses causing Covid-19 infections. . . . → Read More: Biotech IDs Potent Covid-19 Antibodies

Drug Maker Licenses Low-Dose Vaccine Patch

Nanopatch system

The pharmaceutical company Merck is licensing a microneedle patch device that delivers vaccines with a small fraction of the dose normally needed by syringes. . . . → Read More: Drug Maker Licenses Low-Dose Vaccine Patch

TB Vaccine Test on Covid-19 Expanding to Europe

SARS-Cov-2 virus

A clinical trial testing a current tuberculosis vaccine among health care workers in Australia is expanding in that country and to two European countries. . . . → Read More: TB Vaccine Test on Covid-19 Expanding to Europe