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November 28, 2012
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  Health Care & Policy 
  • Bayer-Regeneron drug Eylea gets EU OK for wet AMD
    Bayer HealthCare and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals' eye drug Eylea, or aflibercept, obtained approval from the European Commission to treat neovascular age-related macular degeneration. The drug will be launched shortly in Europe to compete with Novartis' wet AMD treatment Lucentis, or ranibizumab. PharmaTimes (U.K.) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Independent evaluations might restore faith in drug trials
    Many in the medical community and the general public have lost faith in drugmaker-sponsored research, prompting calls for greater transparency. "It’s a nice idea, but how will anyone know that all the data have been released and that none remain concealed or destroyed?" writes Emily Willingham. Analysis of trial data and design by independent experts would go further in reducing the risk of bias and increasing public confidence, she suggests. Forbes (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scientists start untangling genome architecture
    Now that scientists have sequenced the human genome, some are looking at how its structure affects health and disease. Chromosomes replicate, divide and change shape in three dimensions, says molecular geneticist Job Dekker, who pioneered the chromosome conformation capture technique that lets researchers study the arrangement of chromosomes in the nucleus. Dekker is looking into how genome folding domains are formed and what determines how the elements are arranged, which might help predict cancer. The Scientist (free registration) (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company & Financial News 
  • Teva sells Proteologics stake to XTL Biopharmaceuticals
    XTL Biopharmaceuticals has purchased Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' nearly 31.4% stake in Proteologics, an Israeli biopharmaceutical firm, for about $1.7 million. Proteologics, which focuses on discovering inhibitors for certain E3 ubiquitin ligases, has a six-project cancer collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline. PharmaTimes (U.K.) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food & Agriculture 
  • Letter: Biotech food imports should not be banned in Kenya
    The Kenyan government made a poor decision to prohibit the importation of biotech foods into the country, writes Kwame Ogero, who works for the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications AfriCenter. Biotech crops offer a lot of benefits including higher crop yield, improved nutritional value, and lower pesticide use, Ogero said. Daily Nation (Kenya) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Industrial & Environmental 
  • Raizen aims to begin cellulosic ethanol production in 2014
    Raizen, the Brazilian joint venture between sugar firm Cosan and Royal Dutch Shell, said it will start commercial production of cellulosic ethanol at its pilot-scale plant in Sao Paulo in 2014. Raizen expects to have eight cellulosic ethanol plants in Brazil by 2024. Reuters (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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