Archive for October, 2003

Biotech plans: Boon or fantasy?

Biotech plans: Boon or fantasy? Having mapped hormones, synthesized molecules and discovered new cell receptors, the Scripps Research Institute wants to embark on one of its biggest cloning experiments: converting the Sunshine State into biotech beach by using $510 million from taxpayers.


Popping a pill could fix gene defect

Popping a pill could fix gene defect Simply popping a pill might be enough to overcome the type of genetic defect responsible for many cases of cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and haemophilia. An experimental drug called PTC124 produces a working protein even though the gene remains defective.


Cloning Remains a Meaty Issue

Cloning Remains a Meaty Issue The Food and Drug Administration soon will decide whether the meat in your Philly cheese steak or your barbecue spareribs could come from a cloned animal. Because of safety concerns, the FDA has barred the handful of companies that clone farm animals from selling them for meat. But since early […]


Sabotage of biotech firms grows

Sabotage of biotech firms grows A growing militant movement opposed to genetic engineering in agriculture and medicine is turning to violent and criminal sabotage — from the bombing of a Bay area biotech company to the destruction of genetically modified crops. As a result, targeted companies aren’t just taking extra security precautions but also often […]


High hopes for biotech companies / IPOs getting ready to go as startups woo VC investors

High hopes for biotech companies / IPOs getting ready to go as startups woo VC investors Biotechnology leaders are cautiously celebrating the end of a two- year financial slump this autumn as more than a dozen companies line up to go public and the latest class of young startups shows its stuff to potential venture […]


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