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2014-07-09 16:28:13

-French ATU Cohort and Other Named Patient Programs Authorized - SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTCT) today announced the initiation of a reimbursed expanded access program (EAP). PTC's EAP program is intended to make Translarna(TM) (ataluren) available to patients before commercial availability in certain countries. Where mechanisms exist and in accordance with local regulations, PTC will make Translarna available to nonsense...

2014-07-09 11:26:03

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Novel oligonucleotide-based drugs in development offer promising alternatives for treating a range of diseases. A group of industry and regulatory scientists developing these new nucleic acid-based therapies released consensus recommendations for evaluating the pharmacological safety of oligonucleotide therapeutics. The document is published in Nucleic Acid Therapeutics, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers. The article is available on the...

2014-07-08 14:45:18

Virginia Tech Virginia Tech researchers discover which genetic changes pass the test of extremely different ecologies Scientists have long puzzled over the genetic differences between fruit flies that live hardly a puddle jump apart in a natural environment known as "Evolution Canyon" in Mount Carmel, Israel. Now, an international team of researchers led by scientists with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech has peered into the DNA of these closely related flies...

2014-07-08 12:28:30

GAITHERSBURG, Md., July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirnaomics, Inc. (www.sirnaomics.com) announced today that the company has received an Issue Notification from United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a patent entitled "Multi-Targeted RNAi Therapeutics for Scarless Wound Healing of Skin" (US 8,735,567 B2, PCT/US2008/012498). This USPTO issuance, combined with a similar success for a Chinese patent (ZL 200880124132.8) provides a solid foundation and protection for the...

DNA Origami Nano-tool Used To Provide Important Clue To Cancer
2014-07-08 03:57:36

Karolinska Institutet Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have headed a study that has provided new knowledge about the EphA2 receptor, which is significant in several forms of cancer. This is important knowledge in itself – but just as important is how this study, which is published in the highly respected journal Nature Methods today, was conducted. The researchers used the method of DNA origami, in which a DNA molecule is shaped into a nanostructure, and used these...

2014-07-08 08:30:56

- Company will pursue additional enterprise-grade installations among life science companies THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ceres, Inc. (NASDAQ: CERE), an agricultural biotechnology and seed company, today announced that the company has licensed its Persephone genome visualization application to Bayer CropScience. The multi-year software license and collaboration agreement provides a non-exclusive license to Bayer as well as professional services including...

2014-07-07 12:28:43

CRISPR/Cas9 system allows researchers to quickly and precisely edit DNA ST. LOUIS, July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SAGE Labs Inc., a leading provider of in vivo products, services and technologies in the field of genome engineering, today launched its SAGEspeed CRISPR/Cas9 Reagents. These reagents enable researchers to quickly and easily perform genetic engineering in animal models, such as mice and rats, as well as cell lines. Since 2009, SAGE Labs has been using targeted nucleases,...

2014-07-07 09:48:40

University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Alas, the thankless pseudogene. Dysfunctional, unloved and seemingly of little use, these poor-cousin relatives of genes have lost their protein-coding abilities. They contain material not essential for an organism's survival and are the "last stop" for removal of genomic waste. Not any more. The pseudogene's day may have arrived thanks to scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Han Liang, Ph.D.,...

2014-07-07 08:27:41

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: RXII), a biotechnology company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing innovative therapies addressing major unmet medical needs using RNA-targeted technologies, today announced the appointment of Dr. Peter Campochiaro to its Scientific Advisory Board. Campochiaro is the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Professor of Ophthalmology and Neuroscience in the Johns Hopkins University...

2014-07-07 04:20:59

COPENHAGEN, July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BGI Diagnostics' NIFTY(TM) test becomes First NIPT based on Next Generation Sequencing Technology to be Approved by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). On June 30, 2014, the CFDA approved the registration of BGI's BGISEQ-1000 and BGISEQ-100 sequencers, and its prenatal genetic testing kits for NIFTY(TM) (Non-Invasive Fetal Trisomy test). This is the first genetic test based on next generation sequencing technology to...


Latest Genetics Reference Libraries

GloFish
2013-10-03 10:12:03

The GloFish is a patented and trademarked brand of genetically modified fluorescent fish. Various GloFish are currently on the market. Zebrafish were the first GloFish that were available within pet stores and are now sold in bright green, red, orange-yellow, blue, and purple fluorescent colors. Recently, Electric Green, Sunburst Orange, and Moonrise Pink colored tetra (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi) and Electric Green tiger barb (Puntius tetrazona) have been incorporated to the lineup. Although not...

Knockout Mouse
2013-10-02 11:52:01

A Knockout Mouse is a genetically engineered mouse in which researchers have inactivated, or “knocked out,” an existing gene by replacing it or disrupting it with an artificial piece of DNA. The loss of gene activity frequently causes changes in a mouse’s phenotype, which includes appearance, behavior, or other apparent and biochemical characteristics. Knockout mice are significant animal models for studying the role of genes which have been sequenced but whose functions haven’t...

Blue Rose
2013-10-02 08:33:40

A Blue Rose is a flower of the genus Rosa belonging to the family Rosaceae that presents blue to violet pigmentation instead of the more common white, red, or yellow coloration. Blue roses are frequently portrayed in literature and art as a symbol of love and prosperity to those who seek it, but don’t exist in nature as a result of genetic limitations. In 2004, researchers utilized genetic modification to produce roses that contain the blue pigment delphinidin. After 13 years of...

Brief Introduction To DNA Probes
2014-01-12 00:00:00

DNA probes help scientists to detect a specific gene in a long DNA sequence. According to Dr. Michael A. Pfaller, DNA probes are “single-stranded pieces of nucleic acid, labeled with a specific tracer (isotope, enzyme, or chromophore), that will hydrogen bond (hybridize) with complementary single-stranded pieces of DNA (or RNA) under the appropriate conditions of pH, temperature, and iconic strength.” The Foundation for Genomics and Population Health website has a helpful video about...

Caenorhabditis elegans
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Caenorhabditis elegans is a species of parasitic roundworm in the Nematoda phylum. It can be found in temperate regions, in many different areas of the world. It prefers to reside in nutrient rich soils. Its scientific name is derived from the Greek terms Caeno, meaning recent, rhabditis, meaning rod-like, and the Latin term elegans, which means elegant. It was first named by Maupas in 1900, but was not classified in the Caenorhabditis subgenus until 1952 by Osche. Caenorhabditis elegans...

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