drug development
Flu Drug Approved in Japan Claims to Stop Virus in 24 Hours
Flu Drug Approved in Japan Claims to Stop Virus in 24 Hours
Kerry Grens | Feb 26, 2018
One dose of the medication, called Xofluza, cripples influenza by interfering with an enzyme critical for viral replication.  
Sanofi and Celgene Spend $20 Billion in Major Biotech Acquisitions
Sanofi and Celgene Spend $20 Billion in Major Biotech Acquisitions
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 23, 2018
Pharmaceutical giant Sanofi to take over hemophilia drugmaker Biovertiv, while Celgene will buy cancer drugmaker Juno Therapeutics.
Opinion: Label Drugs That Are Tested on Animals
Opinion: Label Drugs That Are Tested on Animals
Shaun Khoo | Jan 16, 2018
Transparency about the role of animals in drug development could help raise awareness of and appreciation for preclinical research.
Child Receives Transgenic Skin
Child Receives Transgenic Skin
Ruth Williams | Jan 1, 2018
A combination gene-and-cell therapy has given a boy with a grievous skin disease a new lease on life, and resolved a dermatology debate to boot.
Targeting Sodium Channels for Pain Relief
Targeting Sodium Channels for Pain Relief
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2018
The race to develop analgesic drugs that inhibit sodium channel NaV1.7 is revealing a complex sensory role for the protein.
Sex Differences in Opioid Analgesia: A Complicated Picture
Sex Differences in Opioid Analgesia: A Complicated Picture
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2018
Researchers are beginning to tease apart the mechanisms underlying differences in how males and females respond to powerful painkillers.
Frog Skin Yields Potent Painkillers, but None Clinic Ready
Frog Skin Yields Potent Painkillers, but None Clinic Ready
Shawna Williams | Jan 1, 2018
Decades after their discovery by bioprospectors, amphibian-derived analgesics continue to attract scientific attention.
Sea Anemone Toxin Could Treat Autoimmunity
Sea Anemone Toxin Could Treat Autoimmunity
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2018
If successful, the treatments could alleviate patients’ pain by reducing inflammation.
Sourcing Painkillers from Scorpions’ Stings
Sourcing Painkillers from Scorpions’ Stings
Abby Olena | Jan 1, 2018
Compounds in the arachnids’ venom interact with ion channels to both cause and block pain.
Toxin from a Dangerous Fish Delicacy
Toxin from a Dangerous Fish Delicacy
Kerry Grens | Jan 1, 2018
In tiny doses, the pufferfish’s tetrodotoxin can be turned into a pain-relieving ion channel blocker.