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Genome editing: How we cut and manipulate genes in our DNA

Reading Time: 8 minutes Genome editing: How we cut and manipulate genes in our DNA There is a good chance that you have heard of the advances in genome engineering and genome editing. Scientists can now alter the sequence of mammalian genes (and of other organisms) through a relatively new technology called CRISPR. This highly efficient tool has truly…

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By The Embassy November 16, 2017 0

CAR T-cell therapy – Novartis and the question of ‘how much?’

Reading Time: 3 minutes How much? I imagine that question came up eventually at one of the meetings of whichever team decides pricing strategies at Novartis.  And they came up with an answer: 475000 $. Four Hundred And Seventy Five Thousand dollars for a one shot therapy that can potentially cure a rare type of cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In other words,…

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By Michael October 29, 2017 0

CAR-T therapy against ALL  

Reading Time: 4 minutes CAR-T therapy against ALL The game  Kill the cancer with chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy. A cancer therapy based on genetic manipulation of T-cells to attack specific targets that would otherwise evade the immune system.  The players   T-cells   The potential cancer killer. Cells of the adaptive immune system that are responsible for killing foreign invaders…

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By Michael October 28, 2017 0

Is ignorance bliss?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Is ignorance bliss? Our responsibility to inform – we are part of the ivory tower Do a quick scroll in the news-feed of your preferred social media sites. Stop scrolling once you find a post covering ideas or even proclaimed facts about cancer research or treatments. If your feed resembles ours you could get the…

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By The Embassy October 28, 2017 0

Difficult times – or what’s the Ivory Embassy and why?

Reading Time: 4 minutes We live in difficult times, my friends. Our society seems to have taken a collective dive into the unknown. We are ruled by prejudice and divisive leaders, experts are decried and white nationalists are grazing freely on our once so welcoming meadows. People decided to talk louder and listen less. Minds and opinions are bend…

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By Michael October 28, 2017 0