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CDC Begins Search for Lab Safety Chief

January 5, 2015 | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The organization is creating this role after several embarrassing mishaps with hazardous material. Read more...                         

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President Obama Announces Precision Medicine Initiative

January 22, 2015 11:59 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The President mentioned this project during the State of The Union, but did not provide specific details. Read more...                       


Eradicating Ebola: What Will It Take?

January 20, 2015 11:23 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

A lot of work still needs to be done before the Ebola epidemic is finally over. Read more...                             


Container Closure Integrity: Testing at Low Temps

January 20, 2015 11:10 am | by Louis Brasten, Supervisor, Routine and Functional Analysis/Filling Services, Barbara Jacobs, Scientist, Analytical Services, Alicia Brydzinski, Scientist, Analytical Services - West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. | Comments

The container closure integrity, or CCI, on packaging for parenteral drug products plays a critical role in the preservation of the drug product. The combination of the packaging closure components must be carefully selected to eliminate means of contamination that could affect the drug product negatively. Read more...


Flu News: On the Road to a Universal Vaccine

January 16, 2015 12:13 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Comments

In early December 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a briefing in which the agency announced that the current strain of the virus has mutated, rendering this year’s flu vaccine not as effective. The ideal protective approach against flu is a universal vaccine that targets antigens common to all strains of flu. Read more...


Five Biotech Startups to Watch in 2015

January 15, 2015 10:44 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

These companies are revolutionizing agriculture, genomics, and the drug discovery process. Read more...                          


In the News: Open Access Journals

January 13, 2015 8:55 am | by Drug Discovery & Development Staff | Comments

A number of open access journals have made the news recently. The preprint open access archive,, run by Cornell University, is often used by scientists, from physicists to quantitative biologists, to get their ideas out there quickly and stake out their intellectual ground, before they enter the slow process of peer review. Read more...


Adopting Adaptive Designs: Update

January 12, 2015 8:59 am | by Phil Birch, DPhil, VP Innovation Strategy, Alliance Partnerships at ICON plc. | Comments

In early 2013, adaptive clinical trials represented 20% of all clinical trials, according to the Tufts CSDD seminal report, The Adoption and Impact of Adaptive Trial DesignsThough that number was expected to grow, lack of education and industry conservatism were named as some of the greatest barriers to widespread adoption of adaptive designs. Read more...


World-First Stem Cell Clinical Trials in 2014

January 9, 2015 10:02 am | by Drug Discovery & Development Staff | Comments

The year 2014 saw many world-firsts in the stem cell field, from the creation of human eggs and sperm from adult cells as reported in Cell, to the discovery reported in Science that a single protein (GDF11) in young blood can reverse aging processes in both stem, and terminally differentiated, cells of brain and muscle. Read more...


New Clues: Why Older Women Are More Susceptible to Breast Cancer

January 8, 2015 9:05 am | by Skip Derra, Contributing Writer | Comments

The idea that breast cancer becomes more prevalent with age is fairly well established, but the reasons why are still uncertain. Now, scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have new insights into why older women are more susceptible to breast cancer. Read more...


Two New Stem Cell Techniques and Clinical Trials for Cornea Damage

January 7, 2015 10:33 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Comments

In recent months, two groups have found two different new ways to regenerate damaged corneas with patients’ own stem cells. Read more...                                     


Toxic Tau Could be Key to Alzheimer’s Treatment

January 6, 2015 8:50 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Comments

For years, Alzheimer’s researchers have targeted amyloid beta in attempts to halt the progression of the disease, without success. Now, they have their sights set on a second brain protein: tau. And the findings are promising. Read more...


A Fascinating Year in Breast Cancer Advances

January 5, 2015 9:06 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Editor | Comments

Some of the most important advances in breast cancer this year were related to all kinds of heterogeneity: within tumors, between tumors in a single patient, and between tumors in early and later stages, according to oncologists. Read more...               


New Study Pinpoints Possible Source of Ebola Outbreak

January 2, 2015 3:46 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The researchers are convinced this is the primary source of the epidemic. Read more...                             


Meet The Newest Surgeon General

December 19, 2014 12:37 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

President Obama's pick for the position turned out to be controversial. Read more...                              


10 Up-and-Coming Healthcare Medical Innovations

December 18, 2014 12:10 pm | by Christina Jakubowski, Managing Editor, Bioscience Technology | Comments

The Cleveland Clinic recently unveiled their annual Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2015– a list that casts an optimistic light on up-and-coming healthcare advances that may reach consumers next year. Their number one? Read more...                         



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