#news #biotech How nematodes outsmart the defenses of pests

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: How nematodes outsmart the defenses of pests .The western corn rootworm, one of the world’s most damaging maize pests, can use plant defense compounds to defend itself against its own natural enemies, so-called entomopathogenic nematodes. However, the nematodes can become immune against these compounds in turn, which enhances their ability to fight the western corn rootworm, as researchers at the University of Bern show. This mechanism may contribute to improving biological pest control.

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#news #biotech Chutes & Ladders—Abbott CEO White out after 21 years on the job

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Chutes & Ladders—Abbott CEO White out after 21 years on the job .Abbott CEO Miles White is set to step down after 21 years; Lonza head Marc Funk is out after just a year; and Progenics’ Mark Baker could be out after a board shuffle.

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#news #biotech Arrowhead R&D lead steps down, biotech vets step in

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Arrowhead R&D lead steps down, biotech vets step in .Californian RNA biotech Arrowhead will lose its chief operating officer and R&D head from next year but is hiring a new CMO and CSO to help steady its research exec team.

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#news #biotech EpicentRx raises $35M to fund late-phase lung cancer trial

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: EpicentRx raises $35M to fund late-phase lung cancer trial .EpicentRx has raised $35 million for late-phase development of RRx-001. The biotech began testing the small molecule in a phase 3 trial of heavily pretreated small cell lung cancer patients late last year. 

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#news #biotech DNA may hold the clue to protecting endangered species

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: DNA may hold the clue to protecting endangered species .A new method for analyzing DNA collected from waterways which can help identify endangered bird species has been developed with the help of researchers from The University of Western Australia.

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#news #biotech After BMS said no, Roche puts $1.4B on the table for Promedior, boosting fibrotic pipeline

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: After BMS said no, Roche puts $1.4B on the table for Promedior, boosting fibrotic pipeline .Roche is spending up to $1.4 billion to snap up a scarring-focused biotech, nabbing an FDA Breakthrough-tagged therapy in the process.

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#news #biotech Sarepta pays StrideBio $48M for preclinical gene therapies

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Sarepta pays StrideBio $48M for preclinical gene therapies .Sarepta is set to pay $48 million upfront to work with StrideBio on gene therapies. The deal gives Sarepta exclusive licenses to four CNS targets plus an option to pay a further $42.5 million to add another four targets to the deal.

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#news #biotech Could this immuno-oncology combo treat metastatic prostate cancer?

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: Could this immuno-oncology combo treat metastatic prostate cancer? .Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center discovered that when prostate tumors spread to bone and destroy it, massive amounts of a protein called TFG-beta are produced, which prevents immune-boosting drugs from attacking the cancer. Combining a checkpoint inhibitor with an anti-TGF-beta drug could be the answer, they believe.

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#news #biotech DNA data offers scientific look at 500 years of extramarital sex in Western Europe

Biotechnology, Pharma and Biopharma News – Research – Science – Lifescience ://Biotech-Biopharma-Pharma: DNA data offers scientific look at 500 years of extramarital sex in Western Europe .These days it’s easy to resolve questions about paternity with over-the-counter test kits. Now, researchers have put DNA evidence together with long-term genealogical data to explore similar questions of biological fatherhood on a broad scale among people living in parts of Western Europe over the last 500 years.

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