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Anti-Inflammatory Human Protein Produced in Plants

Researchers in Canada genetically engineered tobacco plants to economically produce large quantities of a human protein with anti-inflammatory properties. . . . → Read More: Anti-Inflammatory Human Protein Produced in Plants

Trials Underway Testing Crispr for Blood Disorders

Crispr genome edits illustration

Clinical trials testing the genome editing technique Crispr for sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia, two inherited blood disorders, enrolled and infused their first patients. . . . → Read More: Trials Underway Testing Crispr for Blood Disorders

Gene Editing Deactivates Cause of T-Cell Side Effects

Human T-cell

A biotechnology company developing engineered T-cells as treatments for cancer, used gene editing to deactivate a likely cause of serious adverse effects from its therapies. . . . → Read More: Gene Editing Deactivates Cause of T-Cell Side Effects

Organoids Designed for Faster Cancer Diagnostics

Tumor organoids

A new process grows small samples of tumor tissue in the lab to enable high-speed diagnostics for personalized cancer treatments and drug testing. . . . → Read More: Organoids Designed for Faster Cancer Diagnostics

Gene Therapy Company Acquired in $4.3B Deal

Retinal gene therapy

Spark Therapeutics, a biotechnology company that pioneered gene therapies, is being acquired by drug maker Roche Group in a deal valued at $4.3 billion. . . . → Read More: Gene Therapy Company Acquired in $4.3B Deal

Start-Up Raises $10.5M for Precision Immunotherapies

Business newspaper

A new biotechnology enterprise developing personalized treatments that harness the immune system to treat cancer is raising $10.5 million in its first venture funding round. . . . → Read More: Start-Up Raises $10.5M for Precision Immunotherapies

Targeted Chemo Seen Benefiting Breast Cancer Patients

Breast cancer self exam

A clinical trial shows a treatment combining an antibody and chemotherapy drug invokes a response and longer survival time in many patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. . . . → Read More: Targeted Chemo Seen Benefiting Breast Cancer Patients

Trial Shows RNA Therapy Safe for Diabetes

Blood glucose test

Results from a clinical trial show a new drug with synthetic messenger RNA is safe for people with diabetes, and has the potential to promote new blood vessel growth. . . . → Read More: Trial Shows RNA Therapy Safe for Diabetes

High-Speed Screens, A.I., Boost Nanoscale Medicines

Spherical nucleic acid illustration

Biomedical engineers are using high-throughput screening techniques and machine learning to speed and improve the design of new drugs based on nanoscale particles. . . . → Read More: High-Speed Screens, A.I., Boost Nanoscale Medicines

Stem Cell Genes Edited to Avoid Immune Rejection

Sonja Schrepfer and Tobias Deuse

A new study shows editing the genomes of adult stem cells can avoid their rejection by the immune system when implanted in lab mice other than the stem cell donor. . . . → Read More: Stem Cell Genes Edited to Avoid Immune Rejection