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Report – 289 Cell and Gene Therapies in Development

Human T-cell

A report by a pharmaceutical industry organization says nearly 300 new therapies that transfer live cells or genes as treatments for disease are in clinical trials or being reviewed by Food and Drug Administration. . . . → Read More: Report – 289 Cell and Gene Therapies in Development

Self-Powered Sun Exposure Chip, App Developed

UV sensor chip

A tiny wireless sensor chip measuring exposure to ultraviolet or UV rays from the sun, developed by a university lab, is now offered by a cosmetics company with an accompanying smartphone app. . . . → Read More: Self-Powered Sun Exposure Chip, App Developed

Mount Sinai, Sanofi, Sema4 Partner on Long-Term Asthma Study

Inspecting lung X-rays

A collaboration of Mount Sinai medical center, drug maker Sanofi, and data science company Sema4 aims to track people with asthma for 5 years to help develop personalized treatments for the disease. . . . → Read More: Mount Sinai, Sanofi, Sema4 Partner on Long-Term Asthma Study

Immune Cell Chips to Launch into Space for Microgravity Tests

Astronaut with tissue chip

Chip devices with human immune system and stem cells are among the cargo set for launch today to the International Space Station. . . . → Read More: Immune Cell Chips to Launch into Space for Microgravity Tests

FDA Identifies Database to Evaluate Precision Diagnostics

DNA puzzle

The Food and Drug Administration identified a public database of genomics and diseases as a resource to assess new diagnostics tests using genetic data for precision medicine. . . . → Read More: FDA Identifies Database to Evaluate Precision Diagnostics

Trial Results Show Gene Transfers Reverse Sickle Cell Disease

Gene therapy lab

Results from the first 2 participants in a clinical trial show transferring healthy genes to patients with sickle cell disease reverses symptoms of the disease that continues for up to 1 year. . . . → Read More: Trial Results Show Gene Transfers Reverse Sickle Cell Disease

Electrode in Brain Blood Vessel Shown to Stimulate Body Muscles

Stentrode device

Electrodes sent into a blood vessel in the brain with a catheter and stent are shown in tests with sheep to stimulate muscles in the animals’ faces and limbs. . . . → Read More: Electrode in Brain Blood Vessel Shown to Stimulate Body Muscles

Janssen Licensing Cancer Antibodies in $1.8B Deal

Llama

An affiliate of drug maker Janssen Pharmaceutical is licensing a synthetic antibody to treat blood-related cancers from a developer of antibodies based on the immune system of llamas. . . . → Read More: Janssen Licensing Cancer Antibodies in $1.8B Deal

The Resurgence of “They Did Surgery on a Grape”

If a machine can carry out a delicate surgical task on something as vulnerable and soft as a grape, we begin to wonder whether such machines could be put to work on people too. . . . → Read More: The Resurgence of “They Did Surgery on a Grape”

Recap – Editas Medicine Advances Crispr Therapy

Crispr genome edits illustration

Editas Medicine received the go-ahead to conduct a clinical trial using the genome editing technique Crispr. . . . → Read More: Recap – Editas Medicine Advances Crispr Therapy