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    The FDA issued a historic approval of the first chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell Therapy, authorizing the use of tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah) for the treatment of patients up to 25 years of age with B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) that is refractory or in second or later relapse. The...
  • How earthquake scientists eavesdrop on North Korea’s nuclear blasts

    On September 9 of last year, in the middle of the morning, seismometers began lighting up around East Asia. From South Korea to Russia to Japan, geophysical instruments recorded squiggles as seismic waves passed through and shook the ground. It looked as if an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 had...
  • South African child remains AIDS free without ongoing drug treatment, researchers say

    A South African child born with HIV has surprised experts by appearing to be effectively cured of the AIDS virus after just a year of treatment, followed by 8½ years drug free. Patients with HIV would normally need to stay on antiretroviral (ART) drugs for the rest of their...
  • How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Earth

    Though the planet has only warmed by one-degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution, climate change’s effect on earth has been anything but subtle. Here are some of the most astonishing developments over the past few years....
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    CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing is based on a tactic bacteria developed to protect themselves from viruses.  #Research now shows that the countermeasure viruses came up with — inhibitory proteins referred to as anti-CRISPRs — can be used to improve CRISPR-Cas9 as a gene-therapy tool, decreasing off-target gene editing that could...
  • Emmaus bags FDA approval for sickle cell therapy; now comes the hard part

    An FDA greenlight for sickle cell disease therapy Endari has catapulted its developer, Emmaus Medical, into the spotlight, but commercializing the new drug could be challenging. The approval means the privately-held biotech has ended a 20-year drought in new therapies for sickle cell disease (SCD), an inherited disease in which red...
  • SpaceX delivers for Intelsat on heavyweight Falcon 9 mission

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket rumbled into the sky Wednesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, flexing the rocket’s muscles and lofting a massive Intelsat satellite to orbit supporting wireless communications, television broadcasting and trans-Atlantic data relays. Recovering from back-to-back countdown aborts earlier in the week, the two-stage,...

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