Electron microscopy turned cold – The Nobel Prize winners (Chemistry)

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Electron microscopy turned cold – The Nobel Prize winners (Chemistry) The Nobel Prizes were awarded yesterday, December 10th. Let’s have a closer look at the prize awarded in Chemistry and how the laureates work helped us to literally look at proteins, the molecular machines so central to our lives.  The electron deserves more credit It…

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By Michael December 11, 2017 0

Your internal clock is decoded – The Nobel Prize winners (Medicine) 

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Your internal clock is decoded – The Nobel Prize winners (Medicine) The Nobel Prize Award ceremony is near. On December 10th, the Nobel laureates of 2017 will be presented in Stockholm, Sweden. Let’s talk Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and your internal clock.  You know the feeling, those days after an intercontinental trip, where you’re…

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By Santiago December 7, 2017 0

Everybody wants EMA – the relationship drama about drugs

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Everybody wants EMA – the relationship drama about drugs Last week it was settled: the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be moving from London to Amsterdam. Brexit was the classic homewrecker in this story, forcing a 12-year relationship to end. But what does this mean for the involved parties and why all the drama? And,…

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By Santiago November 27, 2017 0

What in the name of science is CRISPR/Cas?

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What in the name of science is CRISPR/Cas? CRISPR/Cas is the tool that is on people’s lips right now, not only scientists’ (in our opinion at least). Media is talking about designer-babies, disease-resistant crops and many other applications. It could possibly play a significant role in our future everyday lives, and because of this, it’s…

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By Santiago November 22, 2017 0

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

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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?’

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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  

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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