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This Amazing New Test Can Detect Cancer in Minutes

This Amazing New Test Can Detect Cancer in Minutes

The way we test for cancer could be about to change dramatically thanks to a revolutionary new screening method that was recently unveiled by scientists at UCLA. The most impressive thing about this new test? It’s entirely spit-powered. Lead researcher David Wong and his UCLA colleagues have developed a new technique for detecting the presence… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About the Human Genome Project

What You Need to Know About the Human Genome Project

For many scientists, researchers, and members of the public who love technological innovation, the recent announcement of a project to synthesize the human genome can’t help but recall another memorable launch that took place nearly 26 years ago. October 1, 1990, marked the launch of the original Human Genome Project: a ground-breaking, international research collaboration… Continue Reading

A Look at the Ambitious Plan to Synthesize the Human Genome

A Look at the Ambitious Plan to Synthesize the Human Genome

The biotechnology community is abuzz with the recent formal announcement that plans are afoot to synthesize the human genome. The announcement, which was published in early June in the journal Science, served as the official launch for the “Human Genome Project-write” (HGP-write), an effort that aims to build on the knowledge of the original Human… Continue Reading

What Are a New Drug’s Chances of Clinical Trials Success?

What Are a New Drug’s Chances of Clinical Trials Success?

The biomedical industry is celebrating the recent release of a new study that provides a much-needed, detailed picture of clinical drug development over the past decade. The study was conducted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) in partnership with biomarker R&D firm Amplion and pharmaceutical intelligence firm Biomedtracker. Entitled “Clinical Development Success Rates 2006-2015,” it… Continue Reading

What Are Biomarkers, and How Are They Used?

What Are Biomarkers, and How Are They Used?

Biomarkers are becoming an increasingly important component of biomedicine, particularly in the field of cancer detection and drug development. But what exactly is a biomarker, and how does it help scientists and physicians screen for and treat different diseases? Read on for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this key biomedical… Continue Reading

How to Find a Clinical Trial That’s Right for You

How to Find a Clinical Trial That’s Right for You

Participating in a clinical trial can have many benefits for eligible participants. Clinical trials can help patients access new treatments that aren’t yet commercially available, offer patients high-quality care from leading medical facilities, and give patients greater agency in their own health care choices. And thanks to a host of resources, finding a clinical trial… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Gene Drives – Part 2

What You Need to Know about Gene Drives – Part 2

Our examination of gene drives continues with a look at some of the benefits, challenges, and implications surrounding human manipulation of these genetic systems. What could engineered gene drives do? It’s not difficult to understand why the possibility of a targeted genetic alteration that could spread itself through an entire population over successive generations has… Continue Reading

You Need to Know about the Powerful Scientific Potential of Gene Editing

You Need to Know about the Powerful Scientific Potential of Gene Editing

A major focus in the field of biotechnology is the development of tools for editing the genomes of living cells. Such techniques have a range of applications, from creating engineered bacteria to curing some of the world’s most serious diseases. One of the most exciting advancements to come out of the field of genetics is… Continue Reading