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 […]


Enigmatic ImClone

Enigmatic ImClone Rarely has a company reeling from corporate malfeasance been on the receiving end of so much good news. But such is the case with ImClone Systems, as investors struggle for clues on the long-term direction of this enigma.


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