Herpes Simplex Virus Infection

More Evidence Found of Connection Between HSV-1 and Neurodegenerative Diseases

In a “first of its kind” study, researchers at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) have presented information suggesting a new potential direct link between herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and glaucoma.
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More Precise NSCLC Treatment Selection Boosted by Using EGFR Mutation Structure and Function

Researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center say that grouping epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations by structure and function can help to better match non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients to the most promising treatments.

Small Sequencer Developer GenapSys Completes $90M Series C Financing

GenapSys’ sequencing system is about the size of an iPad, costs under $10,000, and is based on a proprietary direct electronic sequencing chip, which is intended to eliminate the need for cumbersome equipment.
Astrocytes; neuroglial cells, 250X at 35mm. Shows: processes (perivascular feet) of neuroglial cells in contact with a brain capillary. These cells may help to form the blood-brain barrier to drugs, antibiotics, etc.

Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption Promotes Tumor Lethality

Researchers found that blocking the activity of IL-6 at the blood-brain barrier increased the lifespan of fruit flies with cancer by 45% and also found that after 21 days, 75% of cancer-carrying lab mice treated with an IL-6 receptor blocker were alive, versus only 25% of untreated mice.
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AbbVie Partners with Regenxbio to Develop anti-VEGF Eye Gene Therapy

AbbVie is investing in eye gene therapy with a $370M upfront investment in Regenxbio's anti-VEGF gene therapy for treatment of retinal diseases. If various milestones are met then the U.S. biotech could earn up to $1.38B for the deal.
DNA and RNA molecules

Graphene Hydrogel Could Help mRNA Vaccine Target Cancer More Effectively

A specialized hydrogel can not only encapsulate and protect mRNA cancer vaccines from being broken down in the body, but can also target lymph nodes to activate immune cells, shows early stage research.
Inside tube of MRI scanner women receiving an MRI Scan.

Human Longevity Publishes Disease Risk, Early Detection Data

According to the study, one-in-six adults (17.3%) had at least one pathogenic genetic variant. When integrated with deep phenotyping that included imaging, blood test and other analytical methods, one-in-nine (11.9%) had genotype and phenotype associations, supporting the clinical diagnosis of a genetic disorder.
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Unlocking the Cancer Code

In this eBook, sponsored by Qiagen, we explore the opportunities and challenges of precision oncology and how molecular profiling is fundamental not only to inform on tumor diagnosis and prognosis, but also to drive therapeutic decisions in routine clinical care.

LDT Regulation Issue Rekindled with Reintroduction of VITAL Act

The VITAL Act would update federal lab standards under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—through which LDTs would also be regulated under the Public Health Services Act, which gives HHS authority to respond to public health emergencies.
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Oncology Analytics’ Series B Yields $21M

The company will expand its health benefits management offerings, as well as make investments in data analytics and innovative health tech

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