This Chinese Startup Completes Series B Financing For Oncolytic Virus Development

This Chinese Startup Completes Series B Financing For Oncolytic Virus Development

Immvira Group Company announced this week the completion of series B financing for $58 million. The biotechnology startup focuses on the development of new generation oncolytic viruses as potential cancer therapeutics. Immvirva attracted a number of biotech investors. This round of financing was led by Huagai Capital, with participation by Apricot Capital, Cowin Capital. The funds … Read more

Researchers Generate Complete Human X Chromosome Sequence

Researchers Generate Complete Human X Chromosome Sequence

Since sequencing the first whole human genome in 2003, scientists have failed to identify small gaps scattered among the 23 pairs of chromosomes. Sometimes called dark genes, these genes have limited scientific understanding of genetics. Short-read sequencers make errors interpreting dark genes because they contain long, highly repetitive stretches of DNA that produce errors during … Read more

Amid The Turmoil Of 2020, This Company Was The First To Treat Patients With A Genome Editing Therapy

Amid The Turmoil Of 2020, This Company Was The First To Treat Patients With A Genome Editing Therapy

In March, Allergan plc and Editas Medicine, Inc. announced the treatment of the first patient in the BRILLIANCE clinical trial of AGN-151587 (EDIT-101) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Casey Eye Institute, an academic eye center. EDIT-101 is an experimental medicine delivered via sub-retinal injection under development for the treatment of Leber congenital amaurosis … Read more

Recent Advances In CRISPR Technology Bring Precision Editing Closer To Reality In Human Cells

Recent Advances In CRISPR Technology Bring Precision Editing Closer To Reality In Human Cells

One problem with CRISPR technology to date has been unwanted off-target edits. Even the best CRISPR tool, SpCas9, can only bind to about one in 16 locations along DNA, leaving many genetic mutations out of reach. Now, researchers have designed a more precise and versatile genome editing system, named prime editing, that harnesses the power … Read more

NHGRI 2020 Genomic Innovator Awards

NHGRI 2020 Genomic Innovator Awards

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarding Genomic Innovator Awards to nine institutions to support the research of 12 early career scientists in the field of genomics. The awards total up to $27 million over five years, subject to the availability of funds. The Genomic Innovator … Read more

The U.S. Department Of Defense Launches An AI Predictive Health Initiative

The U.S. Department Of Defense Launches An AI Predictive Health Initiative

The Department of Defense’s (DOD) Defense Innovation Unit is bringing together the best of commercially available artificial intelligence (AI) technology and the DOD’s vast cache of archived medical data to teach computers how to identify cancers and other medical irregularities. The result will be new tools medical professionals can use to more accurately and more … Read more