Opening the door to backroom biologics

Automated benchtop systems are beginning to integrate oligonucleotide synthesis and protein production. Given economic pressures to innovate in drug manufacture and the potential of platform production technologies to enable decentralization, a future in which the brand manufacturers’ monopoly on biologics could be broken is feasible. 

Gene edits to ‘CRISPR babies’ might have shortened their life expectancy

Twin girls whose genomes were editied to make them resistant to HIV might have a shortened life expectancy as people with two disabled copies of the CCR5 gene — which protects against HIV infection — are 21 percent more likely to die before the age of 76 when compared to people with at least one working copy of the gene.

Principles & Practices of Biosafety

Principles & Practices of Biosafety will introduce the essential elements of biosafety and provide extensive resource lists for use after the course. Interactive exercises will be used throughout to provide hands-on experience and to encourage networking and problem-solving among participants and instructors.