Vertex’s next act: a billion-dollar bet on a cure for type 1 diabetes

The Cambridge, Mass., company announced it is buying Semma Therapeutics, a nearby firm turning stem cells into insulin factories. | Continue reading


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Instead of viewing this as an isolated incident, universities should use it as an impetus to take a difficult look at their own fundraising efforts. | Continue reading


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In a first, cerebral organoids produce complex brain waves similar to newborns

Scientists have grown hundreds of cerebral organoids with the most complex, human-like activity yet. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 10 days ago

Scientists routinely cure brain disorders in mice but not humans

Mouse and human neurons considered the same based on standard classification schemes can have tenfold or greater differences in expression of key genes. | Continue reading


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Counselors engage new parents before vaccine hesitancy hardens

The counselors are themselves a kind of prophylaxis. Their job is to ask about parents’ worries long before anyone’s trying to vaccinate their kids. | Continue reading


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An AI expert is writing code to save his son’s life

Buddy's case shows that the nature of AI’s power is not to automate care but to give doctors crucial information when it matters most. | Continue reading


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Wearables may not accurately track heart rates in people of color

Many popular wearable devices rely on technology that could be less reliable for consumers who have darker skin, experts told STAT. | Continue reading


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A boy was dying. Zebrafish helped save his life

The successful treatment shows “precision medicine” can be expanded beyond cancers, where it has shown the greatest promise, scientists reported Monday. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 2 months ago

Was it smart for the FDA to approve a 'smart pill' for schizophrenia?

A study argues the evidence used to approve the product – Abilify MyCite – was not only weak, but failed to demonstrate the technology improves adherence. | Continue reading


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HIV’s genetic code adds to evidence of virus’ emergence in humans a century ago

Scientists at the University of Arizona were able to extract from the tissue a nearly complete genetic sequence of an HIV virus. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 2 months ago

Billionaire Sean Parker is nerding out on cancer research

The billionaire is catalyzing real scientific progress through his eponymous institute. He's also bringing glamour to a field largely unfamiliar with it. | Continue reading


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The Psychedelics Evangelist

Christian Angermayer, a German financier, is one of the driving forces behind the movement to turn psychoactive substances into drugs for mental illness. | Continue reading


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Google and U. Chicago sued over medical data sharing

The suit underscores rising concern about patient privacy as companies seek to mine the reams of health data stored in hospitals’ medical records systems. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 2 months ago

What if AI in health care is the next asbestos?

“I think of machine learning kind of as asbestos,” one speaker said, explaining that AI in medicine could turn out to be as harmful as it is promising. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 3 months ago

Pharma companies sue over admin policy to require drug prices in TV ads

Amgen, Merck, Eli Lilly, and the Association of National Advertisers sued the Trump administration over a new policy to require drug prices in TV ads. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 3 months ago

First U.S. use of CRISPR to directly target cancer seeks approval

If approved, the first U.S. clinical trial testing CRISPR against cancer by altering tumor DNA in patients could begin recruiting participants next year. | Continue reading


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How will we pay for the coming curative gene therapies?

The tragedy would be if the benefits of innovation were denied because of an inability to afford the innovation. | Continue reading


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Origami Robot- Swallow to patch wounds/ deliver medicine/dislodge foreign object

A tiny ingestible robot could someday unfold in the stomach to patch wounds, deliver medicine, or dislodge a foreign object. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 3 months ago

At $2.1M, approved Novartis gene therapy will be world’s most expensive drug

Known as Zolgensma, the gene therapy treats children under two years of age with spinal muscular atrophy, an inherited neuromuscular disease. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 3 months ago

Google’s AI improves accuracy of lung cancer diagnosis, study shows

The results underscore AI’s potential to improve lung cancer screening and help radiologists diagnose malignancies earlier and with greater accuracy. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 3 months ago

MIT professor is accused of claiming others’ scientific discoveries as his own

Researchers have cast doubts on the integrity of work by professor Ram Sasisekharan, whose computational approach has been used to develop new treatments. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 3 months ago

Judge rules parents of deceased West Point cadet can decide to use his sperm

The case revived discussion around post-mortem sperm retrieval, which is typically done when a young man dies unexpectedly. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 4 months ago

As CBD gains popularity, Washington struggles to keep up

The FDA has different rules for regulating medicines and dietary supplements like vitamins — and it isn’t clear yet which category CBD falls into. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 4 months ago

Genetically engineered viruses and a rotten eggplant prolonged a teenager’s life

While phage experts were excited by the work, clinicians wonder to what extent it can be scaled up to combat the global crisis of antibiotic resistance. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 4 months ago

Ebola outbreak threatens to escalate as violence rises

Ongoing violence aimed at the Ebola response workers is undermining efforts to stop spread of the deadly virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 4 months ago

UBiome co-founders are placed on leave amid FBI investigation into company

The company, which had come under scrutiny for its billing practices, said it would launch an independent investigation of its own. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 4 months ago

Former Theranos scientist: Elizabeth Holmes should come forward and apologize

Erika Cheung joined Theranos fresh out of college as a “starry-eyed’’ 22-year-old chemist and biologist. Seven months later, she blew the whistle. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 4 months ago

What using animals for scientific research taught me about myself – STAT

In the lab, life and death were demythologized. Instead of some immense, cosmic force, they shrank into something that could be contained and studied. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 4 months ago

Can virtual reality boost positive feelings in patients with depression?

Existing depression treatments aim to curb negative symptoms, but don’t often boost positive feelings. One researcher hopes virtual reality can change that. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 4 months ago

Pivotal test of malaria vaccine is set to begin. Can it live up to its promise?

Global health leaders believe the vaccine could eventually lead to big reductions in the number of cases and deaths worldwide. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 4 months ago

IBM halting sales of Watson AI tool for drug discovery

The decision to shut down sales of Watson for Drug Discovery marks another setback in the company’s effort to apply AI to various areas of health care. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 5 months ago

An obscure Indian journal with an impressive and growing international stature

A small Indian journal, IJME, has an impressive list of staff and contributors and has been earning plaudits from the science community lately. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 5 months ago

FDA developing new rules for artificial intelligence in medicine

These machine-learning systems present a particularly thorny problem for the FDA, because it's essentially trying to hit a moving target in regulating them. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 5 months ago

Biogen's New Beta Amyloid Targeting Alzheimer's Drug Halted

Biogen and its partner, Eisai, said an analysis concluded that aducanumab was unlikely to benefit Alzheimer’s patients compared to placebo. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 6 months ago

The modern tragedy of fake cancer cures

An underreported story about a half-baked advance caught fire and scorched its way through social media, onto TV, and into the minds of millions. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 7 months ago

After ghoulish allegations, a brain-preservation company seeks redemption

Robert McIntyre and Nectome are determined to claw their way out of scientific purgatory and show they can preserve brains and perhaps memories. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 7 months ago

A spot of good news in Ebola crisis: Vaccine supplies are expected to last

The WHO predicts there are adequate supplies of an experimental Ebola vaccine to control the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 7 months ago

Celgene, sold for $74B, leaves a legacy of chutzpah in science and drug pricing

Want to know why an industry that views itself as lifesaving and heroic is viewed by much of the public as price gouging and venal? Look here. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 7 months ago

Scientists discover hidden blood networks that cross through bone

In something like a microscopic prison break, blood cells slip unseen from the enclosed depths of the bone marrow into the general circulation. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 8 months ago

Stunning images of a fly’s brain via new microscopy technique

The research could allow scientists to create more precise maps of the brain and find clues to the causes of brain diseases. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 8 months ago

New microscopy technique captures stunning images of a fly’s brain

The research could allow scientists to create more precise maps of the brain and find clues to the causes of brain diseases. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 8 months ago

Lab strips James Watson of final honorary roles after racist statements

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has stripped the Nobel laureate of his last remaining honorary positions. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 8 months ago

Lab strips James Watson of final roles after continuing racist remarks

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has stripped the Nobel laureate of his last remaining honorary positions. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 8 months ago

Cancer startup Loxo, founded in 2014, acquired for $8B

The pharmaceutical giant will purchase Loxo Oncology, a tiny startup, for $8 billion in cash to gain access to the company’s cancer medicines. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 8 months ago

A shot-in-the-dark email leads to hope of cracking a deadly flu’s secret

A university professor has some theories, and now has in his possession human tissue handed down through the generations to try to test them. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 8 months ago

NIH report scrutinizes role of China in theft of U.S. scientific research

“It’s not just random here or there,” said M. Roy Wilson, co-chair of the advisory committee to the NIH director that wrote the report. “It is significant.” | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 9 months ago

Solving the fake news problem in science

The number of times a scientific paper is cited is a poor proxy of quality, and can lead to fake news. We need a better way to evaluate research quality. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 9 months ago

Pharma Valley, China’s equivalent of Kendall Square, is expanding rapidly

Shanghai's Pharma Valley lags Kendall Square in capital, entrepreneurial talent, and scientific firepower, but its biotech ecosystem is growing rapidly. | Continue reading


@statnews.com | 9 months ago