#news #biotech Researchers verify that agricultural biodiversity is an effective tool to fight plagues

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Researchers verify that agricultural biodiversity is an effective tool to fight plagues .Researchers of the Ecophysiology and Biotechnology group of the Universitat Jaume I (UJI) in Castellón, Spain, have taken part in a study that reveals how agricultural biodiversity is an effective tool for combatting plagues and the effects that climate change has on crops. The results of the work, now published in Frontiers in Plant Science, show that preservation of traditional varieties improves the effects of hydric deficit and damages caused by red spider mites.

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#news #biotech Chutes & Ladders—Gilead swipes Roche pharma chief for CEO post

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Chutes & Ladders—Gilead swipes Roche pharma chief for CEO post .Gilead swipes Roche pharma chief for CEO post; Merck promotes oncology, vaccine executives to replace outgoing global health president; and Gritstone ramps up bispecifics with new antibody therapeutics chief. Those moves plus more hirings, firings and retirings throughout the industry.

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#news #biotech Bellicum reports first data on ‘controllable’ CAR-T

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Bellicum reports first data on ‘controllable’ CAR-T .Bellicum Pharma has the first data on BPX-601, its first CAR-T with a built-in activation switch to boost its effects, and says initial results show signs of biologic activity.

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#news #biotech Tale of two trees: New web tool estimates gene trees with ease

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Tale of two trees: New web tool estimates gene trees with ease .Gene trees, much like family trees, trace the lineage of a particular gene from its deep ancestral roots to its still-growing branches. By comparing gene trees to species trees, which map the evolutionary history of species, scientists can learn which species have which genes, what new functions those genes gained over time, and which functions they may have lost. Now, scientists at the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have unveiled a new tool to perform these analyses quickly and without computational headaches.

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#news #biotech Computing the origin of life

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Computing the origin of life .As a principal investigator in the NASA Ames Exobiology Branch, Andrew Pohorille is searching for the origin of life on Earth, yet you won’t find him out in the field collecting samples or in a laboratory conducting experiments in test tubes. Instead, Pohorille studies the fundamental processes of life facing a computer.

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#news #biotech Sensorion’s vertigo drug hits tolerability endpoint in phase 2

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Sensorion’s vertigo drug hits tolerability endpoint in phase 2 .A phase 2a trial of Sensorion’s vertigo drug seliforant has met its primary tolerability endpoint. The trial found the histamine type 4 receptor antagonist had no effect on vigilance and cognitive performance, suggesting it may have an edge over existing vertigo treatments such as meclizine.

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#news #biotech Axovant buys more gene therapies, setting it up for a busy 2019

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Axovant buys more gene therapies, setting it up for a busy 2019 .Axovant has licensed two gene therapies from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The deal accelerates Axovant’s evolution into a gene therapy specialist by giving it control of two assets that are in or near the clinic.

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#news #biotech To repair DNA damage, plants need good contractors

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: To repair DNA damage, plants need good contractors .When a building is damaged, a general contractor often oversees various subcontractors—framers, electricians, plumbers and drywall hangers—to ensure repairs are done in the correct order and on time.

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#news #biotech Protein involved in nematode stress response identified

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Protein involved in nematode stress response identified .When humans experience stress, their inner turmoil may not be apparent to an outside observer. But many animals deal with stressful circumstances—overcrowded conditions, not enough food—by completely remodeling their bodies. These stress-induced forms, whether they offer a protective covering or more camouflaged coloration, can better withstand the challenge and help the animal survive until conditions improve.

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