#news #biotech New insight into melatonin could lead to better sleep drugs

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: New insight into melatonin could lead to better sleep drugs .Melatonin is a hormone that regulates our biological clock, but scientists don’t fully understand how it interacts with two cellular receptors to do the job. Now, a team of researchers has shed some light on the receptors’ structures, which they say could help improve the design of drugs to treat sleep disorders.

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#news #biotech New key stages discovered in how plants prepare to make sex cells for reproduction

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: New key stages discovered in how plants prepare to make sex cells for reproduction .Birds do it. Bees do it. Plants do it, too. And for good reason: Sexual reproduction has evolved as nature’s way of shuffling the genetic deck of cards, so to speak. That shuffling actually starts before organisms make sex cells (sperm and egg). In this process, called meiosis, matching chromosomes inherited from an organism’s mother and father swap sections, yielding cells that are genetically distinct from either parent. This genetic rejiggering churns out diverse combos of traits that can be “winning hands” for offspring, giving them a competitive advantage.

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#news #biotech J&J’s quest to detect lung cancer before it emerges

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: J&J’s quest to detect lung cancer before it emerges .Smoking causes injuries in the respiratory tract that can evolve into lung cancer. Researchers from Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Boston University have found genomic alterations in the immune system that they believe could serve as biomarkers of early cancer development and spark ideas for therapeutic interventions that could prevent lesions from becoming malignant tumors.

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#news #biotech Daiichi picks immuno-oncology bispecific, triggering payout to Zymeworks 

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Daiichi picks immuno-oncology bispecific, triggering payout to Zymeworks  .Daiichi Sankyo has selected the first immuno-oncology candidate under its deal with Zymeworks. The action sees Daiichi pay Zymeworks $3.5 million to license an asset based on its bispecific antibody platform.

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#news #biotech Salix grabs ex-Asia rights to Mitsubishi Tanabe autoimmune drug

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Salix grabs ex-Asia rights to Mitsubishi Tanabe autoimmune drug .Salix Pharmaceuticals has bagged the ex-Asia rights to Mitsubishi Tanabe’s late-phase autoimmune drug, amiselimod. The Bausch Health subsidiary plans to trial the S1P receptor functional antagonist in ulcerative colitis.

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#news #biotech LabCorp spends $485M as its CRO unit snaps up Envigo’s nonclinical biz

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: LabCorp spends $485M as its CRO unit snaps up Envigo’s nonclinical biz .LabCorp’s CRO business Covance will boost its nonclinical contract research services business as its parent company buys out the segment from Envigo, while the latter repositions.

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#news #biotech Research sheds light on genomic features that make plants good candidates for domestication

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Research sheds light on genomic features that make plants good candidates for domestication .New research published this week identifies the genomic features that might have made domestication possible for corn and soybeans, two of the world’s most critical crop species.

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#news #biotech Tomato, tomat-oh!—understanding evolution to reduce pesticide use

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Tomato, tomat-oh!—understanding evolution to reduce pesticide use .Although pesticides are a standard part of crop production, Michigan State University researchers believe pesticide use could be reduced by taking cues from wild plants.

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#news #biotech Putting the bio in tech: FierceBiotech tests a robotic ‘dermoskeleton’

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Putting the bio in tech: FierceBiotech tests a robotic ‘dermoskeleton’ .FierceBiotech editor Amirah Al Idrus tried out B-Temia’s Keeogo, a “dermoskeletic” device that combines sensors, algorithms and motors to help people move.

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