RNAi: Paving the Way to a New Class of Treatments

(DGIwire) – These are exciting times for gene therapy. As Business Insider recently reported, a biopharmaceutical company announced positive results from a late-stage clinical study of a drug for a rare nerve disorder, familial amyloid polyneuropathy. This drug, notes a report in STAT, harnesses a phenomenon called RNA interference (RNAi). This is a naturally occurring […]

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A ‘20/20 Vision’ for Better Care

(DGIwire) – What do actors Dabney Coleman, Roseanne Barr and Dame Judi Dench have in common? All three suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans—more than cataracts and glaucoma combined, according to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation. AMD is a […]

Counterfeit Medicine: Can a Biotech Help Solve the Problem?

(DGIwire) — The number of “rogue” wholesale distributors selling fake or unapproved prescription drugs is growing, so people in the healthcare industry—including doctors, hospital drug purchasers and drugstore managers—need to be vigilant when purchasing medicines. This has become such a widespread issue that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a campaign to […]

DNA in Beer? Protecting the Secret Sauce? New Forensic Foundations

 (DGIwire) — On the Esquire Network television show called Brew Dogs, two passionate beer drinkers travel the world to find the best and most distinctive craft beer imaginable. In a recent episode, they made a stop in Philadelphia; their intention was to find the “most American beer ever made.” The thing that made the winning […]

Tracing Stolen Goods Back to Burglars Gives New Meaning to ‘Plant Evidence’

(DGIwire) — It’s easy to forget how vulnerable we are to theft in our homes. A rash of robberies last year at one of New York City’s poshest addresses—740 Park Avenue, whose past and present residents have included John D. Rockefeller, Vera Wang and Jacqueline Onassis—shows that even 24-hour doormen aren’t always foolproof. The FBI […]

Modern Crimefighting Partners: DNA and a Nanosecurity

 (DGIwire) — Those who watch crime shows know that modern criminologists often use DNA—short for deoxyribonucleic acid—to solve crimes by identifying victims and suspects while ruling out the innocent. Though the genetic code for all human beings is 99.9 percent identical, no one has the exact same DNA except identical twins. Thus, DNA is also used […]

Counterfeit Clothing? Plant DNA Keeps Fabrics Genuine

(DGIwire) — Lots of things we see, touch and wear are not what they seem. That thick head of hair we admire could be a wig. We’re accustomed to seeing fake nails and fake handbags that pretend to be their upscale sisters. But—fake fabrics? That’s right: counterfeit textiles— and entire garments that are not what we […]

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