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Business/Economics - Medicine/Pharmacology
26.08.2014
Roche acquires InterMune
Roche acquires InterMune
After dementing the romours that Roche would buy all the outstanding shares of Chugai it does not yet own, the pharma giant has after all been involved in some mergers and acquisitions activity with a $8.3 billion offer in cash for InterMune.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
17.07.2014
Mechanism of action of thalidomide elucidated
Mechanism of action of thalidomide elucidated
Scientists have clarified the workings of thalidomide at the molecular level. Their analysis of various structures indicates that the drug can interfere with cellular processes in two different ways-once preventing and once promoting protein degradation-thus explaining its diverse clinical effects. In the early 1960s, thalidomide - a drug widely prescribed at that time as a sedative and for the treatment of morning sickness in pregnancy - became notorious when it was found to cause birth defects.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
04.07.2014
Inducing visual function
Inducing visual function
Scientists have resolved the mechanism controlling the maintenance of the light detectors - the cone photoreceptor outer segments - in the retina. With this knowledge, they have been able to induce the formation of functional photoreceptors in cultured retinas derived from embryonic stem cells. This opens up exciting new avenues for the study and treatment of blindness.
Medicine/Pharmacology
19.05.2014
Our brain is flexible and adaptable
Our brain is flexible and adaptable
The brains of bilingual people do not differ in their structure, but are capable of developing differentiated strategies according to the demands placed on them by particular contexts.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Chemistry
13.02.2014
When chemists invent new rattles
When chemists invent new rattles
Chemists have developed a one-pot synthesis process to encapsulate nanoparticles. This type of particle could improve the antimicrobial coating of implants.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
04.02.2014
A software to identify genetic mutations
A software to identify genetic mutations
A research team developed a computer programme to identify mutations causing certain genetic diseases by analysing the genome sequencing data. The software can also detect the mutations leading to the appearance of tumours in patients with cancer. It is available to researchers all over the world.

 
 
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