A worsening shortage of the antitoxin used to treat diphtheria, the deaths of two unvaccinated children to the disease in Europe and declining vaccination rates demonstrate the need for a new approach, and MassBiologics of UMass Medical School is developing one, according to a Jan. 13 story in the journal Science.
The groundbreaking technology called chromosome conformation capture, developed by Job Dekker, PhD, is being used to understand how errors in DNA organization inside cells lead to disease and illness, according to a Jan. 10 article in the New York Times.
GSBS Center for Biomedical Career Development postdoctoral associate Sonia Hall, PhD, has been named program director for early career scientist engagement by the Genetics Society of America to tackle career development challenges facing the next generation of scientists.
Two years after documenting the large number of colleges allowing students to pay for indoor tanning beds with campus debit cards, Sherry Pagoto, PhD, reports that more than 60 percent of the schools have ended the practice, in a letter published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Anastasia Khvorova, PhD, said research published in the January New England Journal of Medicine shows a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs that target RNA directly was extremely potent and durable in a Phase I clinical trial.