by Elizabeth Tolchin Vical Inc. received two U.S. Patents covering methods for using DNA to deliver biologically active proteins (No. 6,673,776), and a class of cationic lipids useful in gene delivery applications (No. 6,670,332).
by Elizabeth Tolchin The Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) plans to work with Inovio AS to conduct trials of Inovio's in vivo electroporation (EP) technology for delivery of DNA vaccines, as part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).
by Elizabeth Tolchin Biologists identified a mutant gene in maize that plays a role in meiosis. In the case of maize (or corn), the process is essential for producing the megagametophyte, which is the egg, and pollen, the equivalent to sperm in animals.
by Elizabeth Tolchin After years of preparation, the International HapMap Consortium is providing detailed plans of the HapMap project, its effort to create a haplotype map for the human genome.
by Pam Holland-Moritz A joint oncology task force, by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), rolled out the first two initiatives of their interagency agreement to share knowledge and resources in order to speed up the development of drugs to fight cancer.
by Elizabeth Tolchin A new database provides a searchable resource of genomic information related to leukemia and other blood disorders.
by Elizabeth Tolchin A new set of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests that aid the diagnosis of patients with suspected thrombophilia, were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
by Elizabeth Tolchin A new alliance provides Bristol-Myers Squibb access to 13 drug targets in the current neuroscience pipeline of Lexicon Genetics Inc. BMS will also have first crack at future neuroscience discoveries.
by Elizabeth Tolchin Under the hypothesis that 'conserved coexpression' could serve as an indicator of gene function on a genomic level, a team from Israel developed a model for comparing gene expression data and genomic sequence information across several different species at once.
by Elizabeth Tolchin Some of the trial and error in designing gene expression experiments can be avoided, yielding faster and cheaper results, thanks to a new online resource.
by Elizabeth Tolchin Cryo-electron microscopy helped determine the structure of a reovirus (respiratory enteric orphan virus) down to the 7.6-angstrom scale. The structure provides a clearer understanding of how the reovirus reproduces in cells.
by Elizabeth Tolchin Whether you toast your holiday celebrations with eggnog, champagne, or Manischewitz wine, you might expect the alcohol in these beverages to have an intoxicating effect. However, that may not always be true.
by Elizabeth Tolchin Software developer 3rd Millennium is releasing its Data Centric Knowledge Management System for biotech and pharmaceutical R&D to the public. The software, which allows the centralization and sharing of research data, can now be downloaded for free.
by Elizabeth Tolchin Boston researchers successfully created a mouse model for pancreatic cancer that approximates the behavior of the disease in humans.
by Elizabeth Tolchin A new report by market consultants Frost & Sullivan examines the US market for Alzheimer's disease drugs over the next five to seven years and finds that despite many setbacks, Alzheimer drug research and development is thriving.