Category Archives: Biology

Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Research on Circadian Rhythms

Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Research on Circadian Rhythms

The biotech community is buzzing with the recent news that a trio of American geneticists have received the 108th Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research, which revealed the molecular mechanisms that control the circadian rhythm. In other words, they shed light on what has become popularly known as the “body clock”. Jeffrey… Continue Reading

7 Questions That Will Help You Understand Epigenomics

7 Questions That Will Help You Understand Epigenomics

Over the past two decades, our understanding of genetics and of the human genome has expanded exponentially. Today, epigenomics has emerged as one of the most important and fastest-moving fields of biomedical research. Read on for an overview of the epigenome, its role in human health, and the current focus of epigenomics research. What is… Continue Reading

A Look at 3 Amazing Cures for Blindness

A Look at 3 Amazing Cures for Blindness

Over the past decade, our understanding about what causes different vision problems has dramatically improved, as has the sophistication of the technological tools and techniques available to help us solve those problems. Today, three cutting-edge methods of treating blindness—treatments that were scarcely imaginable even just a few years ago—are currently either in the experimental phase,… Continue Reading

5 FAQs That Will Boost Your Knowledge About Genetic Testing

5 FAQs That Will Boost Your Knowledge About Genetic Testing

Although genetic testing is becoming an increasingly common medical practice, many people are still unfamiliar with how these types of tests work, what they are used for, and what their advantages and disadvantages may be. Read on to get some answers to your frequently asked questions about genetic testing. What is genetic testing? Simply put,… Continue Reading

Spotlight on Biotechnology’s Most Amazing Early Moments

Spotlight on Biotechnology’s Most Amazing Early Moments

Did you know that the innovations that led to the development of modern biotechnology have taken place over a period that stretches back thousands of years? Read on for a look at some of history’s most important biotech moments during the time leading up to the discovery of DNA in the 1950s. 8,000 B.C.: Amazingly,… Continue Reading

How to Make Portable, On-Demand Biopharmaceuticals

How to Make Portable, On-Demand Biopharmaceuticals

Just add water. That’s the simple but game-changing premise behind an innovative technique, developed by researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, which allows biomolecular medicines to be produced on-site and on demand. To develop this method, which is known as “portable biomolecular manufacturing,” Wyss Institute researchers fabricated tiny, freeze-dried… Continue Reading

7 Common Clinical Trials Myths and the Facts You Need to Know

7 Common Clinical Trials Myths and the Facts You Need to Know

Although more and more clinical trials are being launched by public and private researchers every year, there are still a great many misconceptions among patients regarding how clinical trials work and what they entail. Read on to learn the facts behind some of the most common myths surrounding clinical trials. Myth Number 1: Clinical trials… Continue Reading

How to Get a Job in the Biotech Industry

How to Get a Job in the Biotech Industry

With the biotechnology industry poised to grow significantly over the next decade, more and more scientific researchers, particularly PhD or post-doctoral students, are considering making the leap from an academic position to an industry job. But sometimes, the transition from academia to industry can be a challenging one to negotiate. Are you a good fit… Continue Reading

A Look at the Facts and Figures of Personalized Medicine

A Look at the Facts and Figures of Personalized Medicine

As personalized medicine becomes increasingly important to our health care system, both as a specific area of clinical research and as a paradigm shift in our approach to treating patients, a number of different groups are working to ensure that patients, policymakers, and the general public can easily understand what this complex and innovative field… Continue Reading