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Optogenetics Meets CRISPR

By | June 15, 2015

Researchers in Japan have developed a photoactivatable Cas9 nuclease to control CRISPR-based gene editing with the flip of a switch.

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Synthetic Biology Entrepreneur Dies

By | June 11, 2015

Austen Heinz, who founded Cambrian Genomics to custom print DNA and had grand ideas about designing organisms, has passed away at age 31.

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image: Roche Snags Tumor Tester for $1B

Roche Snags Tumor Tester for $1B

By | January 13, 2015

The pharmaceutical company bought a majority stake in Foundation Medicine, a firm that develops personalized cancer-medicine diagnostics.

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Pharma and Biotech Firms Hacked

By | December 2, 2014

Cyberspies have broken into the e-mails of a number of publicly traded companies, most of which are in health care and pharmaceuticals.

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Cannabis Biotech

By | December 1, 2014

As medical marijuana businesses set up shop across the U.S., a handful of companies are taking the pharmaceutical route, guiding cannabis-derived drugs through clinical trials.

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Incentivizing Breakthroughs

By | December 1, 2014

With scientific funding on shaky ground, big-dollar competitions offer a new way for life-science innovators to bring their ideas to fruition.

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image: Retinal Film Detects Light

Retinal Film Detects Light

By | November 13, 2014

A new light-sensitive nanotube-based film could pave the way to more flexible and durable retinal implants.

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Taking Shots at Ebola

By | November 5, 2014

With an infusion of public and private resources and accelerated regulatory processes, a handful of companies are racing to develop a vaccine to curb the Ebola epidemic.

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image: Nurse Infected with Ebola in Spain

Nurse Infected with Ebola in Spain

By | October 6, 2014

The case marks the first person to contract the virus outside of West Africa.

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image: The Second Coming of RNAi

The Second Coming of RNAi

By | September 1, 2014

Now showing clinical progress against liver diseases, the gene-silencing technique begins to fulfill some of its promises.

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