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New Drug Delivery Materials May Help Patient Compliance with Meds

Hydrogels May Last in Stomach for Lengthy Periods of Time GEN Sounds of Science January 9, 2017 Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital create triggerable tough hydrogels. Hydrogels may last in stomach for lengthy periods of time.

Duration: 00:02:10

Looking at the CAR-T Landscape As First Approval Nears

GEN Sounds of Science July 18, 2017 Brad Loncar, CEO of Loncar Investments, discusses the outlook for chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) cancer therapies as Novartis nears FDA approval for the first such treatment, CTL019. Some other CAR-T therapies have also shown early, yet promising, clinical data.

Duration: 00:02:38

Is Calcium the Achilles Heel for Clostridium Infections?

GEN Sounds of Science July 13, 2017] Findings from a new study published in PLOS Pathogens by investigators at the University of Michigan and the FDA underscores the importance of calcium in Clostridium difficile spore germination. Study Link: http://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1006443

Duration: 00:02:31

SARS and MERS Inhibited by Ebola Drug

GEN Sounds of Science June 29, 2017 A research team from Vanderbilt University, University of North Carolina, and Gilead Sciences has just released new findings in Science Translational Medicine describing how a new antiviral drug candidate inhibits a broad range of coronaviruses, including SARS and MERS. Link to artice: http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/9/396/eaal3653

Duration: 00:03:00

Bioengineers Use Quantum Dots to Help Develop New Therapies for MS

GEN Sounds of Science June 19, 2017 Nanotech approach should be applicable to other autoimmune diseases as well.

Duration: 00:02:37

Soft Tissue Synthetic Retina Created

GEN Sounds of Science May 25, 2017 A synthetic, soft tissue retina developed by an Oxford University doctoral chemistry student could offer fresh hope for visually impaired people.

Duration: 00:02:07

FDA’s New Commissioner Hits the Ground Running

GEN Sounds of Science May 19, 2017 Sara Radcliffe, president and CEO of the California Life Sciences Association, discusses where Scott Gottlieb, M.D., is most likely to impact biopharma, and what the industry hopes he will accomplish as the FDA’s new commissioner.

Duration: 00:02:21

New Zika Test Shines LAMP in the Dark

GEN Sounds of Science May 4, 2017 A new test not only rapidly and inexpensively detects Zika virus in mosquitoes and human bodily fluids, but can also distinguish between African and Asian strains. Listen now for more details! http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/9/388/eaag0538

Duration: 00:03:01

Standing Up Against NIH Budget Cuts

GEN Sounds of Science April 7, 2017 Mary Woolley, President of Research!America, which advocates for medical and health research funding, talks about how her group and other advocates plan to fight back against President Donald Trump’s one-two punch to NIH funding. Researchers will be key to those efforts, she says.

Duration: 00:02:15

Is Maple Syrup the Answer to Antibiotic Resistance?

GEN Sounds of Science April 3, 2017 McGill University researchers may have found a natural way to cut down on antibiotic use without sacrificing health.

Duration: 00:02:20

Sensitive Genotypes and their Impact on Economic Success

GEN Sounds of Science March 16, 2017 A recent study suggest that children with sensitive genotypes who come from low-income homes will be less financially successful than their same sex sibling without those genotypes. But children with those same genotypes from a high-income home would actually fare better economically as young adults than their brother or sister.

Duration: 00:03:50

Cancer Immunotherapy: CAR T as 'Car Race'

GEN Sounds of Science March 9, 2017 Brad Loncar, CEO of Loncar Investments, weighs in on recent developments in the scramble to develop CAR T cancer immunotherapies. How significant a setback is Juno Therapeutics’ halting development of JCAR015? How could some second-tier companies yet come out on top in the “car race”?

Duration: 00:02:28

Turning Patients' Cells into Therapeutic Antibody Factories

GEN Sounds of Science March 2, 2017 A collaborative team of scientists demonstrates a novel method to deliver safer and more cost-effective therapeutic antibodies, utilizing mRNA. See Article: http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14630

Duration: 00:02:20

Cannibalism: A Biological and Evolutionary Perspective

GEN Sounds of Science February 28, 2017 Scientists have long written off cannibalism as a strange phenomenon with little biological significance. However, the true nature of cannibalism —the role it plays in evolution as well as human history — is even more intriguing (and more normal) than the misconceptions we’ve come to accept as fact.

Duration: 00:03:52

Seeking Young Scientists for Research in Space

GEN Sounds of Science February 22, 2017 Nicole M. Nichols, Ph.D., group leader for DNA amplification development at New England Biolabs, discusses the third national Genes in Space competition. The winner will have his or her experiment carried out aboard the International Space Station. More insights on space travel and DNA could emerge from experiments that seventh-through-12th graders will design. Deadline for submissions is April 21. Learn more at www.genesinspace.org.

Duration: 00:02:09

Sorting Out the CRISPR Patent Case

GEN Sounds of Science February 16, 2017 Bill Warren, partner with the law firm Eversheds Sutherland and chair of its biotechnology and life sciences team, discusses the ruling by a three-judge panel of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board siding with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in the bitter legal battle over who invented CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) gene-editing technology.

Duration: 00:02:16

“Sexual Attraction” Neurons in the Brain Discovered

GEN Sounds of Science February 2, 2017 Finding in female mice may also be relevant to certain human psychiatric disorders.

Duration: 00:03:07

Best Practices for Closing the Gender Gap

GEN Sounds of Science January 30, 2017 Jodie Morrison, CEO and President of Tokai Pharmaceuticals, is one of nearly 200 biopharma leaders who recently signed an open letter endorsing a Top Ten of best practices for advancing gender diversity, from the boardroom to the C-suite to the lab.

Duration: 00:01:56

When the Pressure is High the Dementia is Low

GEN Sounds of Science January 17, 2017 Findings from a new study suggest that the onset of high blood pressure later in life is associated with lower dementia risk after age 90. Listen now for more details! Link to the study: http://www.alzheimersanddementia.com/article/S1552-5260(16)32962-4/fulltext

Duration: 00:02:10

Taking on the Multi-Drug-Resistant Bacteria Challenge

GEN Sounds of Science January 10, 2017 Entasis Therapeutics is working on novel therapies for serious drug-resistant bacterial infections, a global health crisis affecting the lives of millions of patients.

Duration: 00:03:41