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Scientists create a zip file for DNA

Normally, DNA coding is too big to be placed inside a cell. However researchers at ETH Zürich have developed a way of compressing DNA for delivery into a cell after which it is decompressed into its original state. They say the technique could assist the development of new medicines.

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Switzerland

Vaccine against Type 1 diabetes underway

Scientists at the University of Tampere in Finland and the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have tested a vaccine targeting a pathogenic strain of an enterovirus in mice and found that it protected against Type 1 diabetes. The findings were reported in the 20 November 2017 edition of Diabetologia.

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Finland

Genomics England progresses

Genomics England has taken the next step towards sequencing the genomes of a large number of patients in the National Health Service (NHS) with the appointment of industry partners to help it explore the potential of liquid biopsy tests to manage cancer.

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United Kingdom

Europeans receive Nobel Chemistry Prize

Three European-born scientists have been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their development of cryo-electron microscopy, which is a technique for simplifying and improving the images of biomolecules. The award was announced on 4 October.

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Sweden

Novartis in alliance to target the proteome

Novartis has announced a new academic alliance to explore the proteome as a source of new drug leads for cancer and other serious diseases. The collaboration is with the University of California Berkeley, US.

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United States

Embryo edits solve some problems, unleash new ones

An experiment in which CRISPR-Cas9 was used to repair a gene mutation in a human embryo appears to have solved two safety problems associated with this technology while raising ethical questions about its long-term application.

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United States

UK medical charity benefits from Keytruda

A UK medical charity has decided that royalty income from intellectual property that it licensed to the developers of Keytruda, should be reinvested in innovation. The charity, LifeArc, has therefore set up two new funds to support academic research and early-stage biotech companies.

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United Kingdom

UK scientists link pneumonia to unstable genes

Scientists at Imperial College London have determined that pneumococcal bacteria have been able to thwart vaccines because a “hotspot” of rapidly evolving

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United Kingdom

Meeting Report – Liquid Biopsy

The term biopsy has traditionally been associated with the examination of tissue from a patient in order to detect the presence of disease. Tissue samples can be taken from the bone marrow, or organs such as the bladder, lung or liver, using procedures of varying complexity from the insertion of a needle into the skin, to surgery.

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Germany

Mouse tumours killed with mRNA technology

For the first time, scientists at BioNTech AG have shown that it is possible to instruct an organism to create its own bispecific antibodies capable targeting and killing cancer. The experiment, conducted in mice, was reported in Nature Medicine on 12 June.

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Germany

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