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The fight against the silent pandemic: a synergistic effort for combating antimicrobial resistance

May 23, 2022

The world is running out of weapons to fight against the threat of superbugs. A collective effort from healthcare, government, and industry is needed.  

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Lessons from microbial growing pains

December 22, 2021

While our society has grown accustomed to microbe-produced medicines like penicillin and insulin, biotechnology startups today, especially those in the San Francisco Bay Area, are increasingly looking to use these microscopic chemists in industries beyond pharmaceuticals. 

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Taking the high road: turning to drugs to treat addiction

December 22, 2021

Researchers are once again pursuing psychedelic drugs as potential treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders, such as substance use disorder. This comes at a crucial time when drug use and overdose deaths have increased during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Could collaborative biotech teams close the gap in cancer research?

December 14, 2021

By 2040, cancer cases are expected to significantly rise in Latin America and Asia. But a lack of technology, trained personnel, funding, and diminished participation interfere with scientists’ fight against cancer in these regions.

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Toward an equitable and inclusive science communication landscape

June 16, 2021

As scientists push to reach broader audiences and better communicate the science behind their leading technologies, there has been an uptick in the market supporting the emerging business of scientific communication. Organizations are coming to realize that effective communication between companies and their stakeholders, including investors, policymakers, and the general public is critical to their […]

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Science trainees, have you considered a career in technology transfer?

May 29, 2021

When I was younger, I regularly watched science documentaries and was inspired by how scientific breakthroughs could improve lives. Over the years, my admiration for scientists and the scientific process grew and led me to pursue a graduate degree in neuroscience. As I continue on my educational journey and training, I’ve realized that it takes […]

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Privacy vs Public Health: How can we use patient data for societal good?

May 12, 2021

From Netflix’s The Social Dilemma and scandals like Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica partnership, there’s no shortage of media warnings against user data collection. The news is flooded with stories covering the way companies collect, store, and sell our data as we shop, play, and socialize online. Most of these narratives underscore the ways companies profit from […]

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Modern Solutions for the Agriculture Industry Using CRISPR Gene Editing

May 11, 2021

About 10,000 years ago, […] Sapiens began to devote almost all their time and effort to manipulating the lives of a few animal and plant species. From sunrise to sunset humans sowed seeds, watered plants, plucked weeds from the ground and led sheep to prime pastures. This work, they thought, would provide them with more […]

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Fermented Fashion

November 24, 2020

Engaging in constant retail therapy or following the latest fashion trends might soon lead to a bacterial cellulose sweater in your dresser or a pair of mushroom-based Adidas sneakers in your closet. Big-name clothing brands around the world are starting to partner with biotechnology companies, paving the way for a bio-revolution in the textiles industry. […]

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The Challenges of COVID-19 Human Challenge Trials

November 23, 2020

Would you be willing to voluntarily get infected with a virus for the chance to help advance a vaccine? COVID-19 has killed over a million people worldwide, spurring vaccine development at an unprecedented pace, but for many it still doesn’t feel fast enough. If you’re relatively young and healthy, this may be all the more […]

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