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Precision Drugs for Bad Bugs

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Awareness is high that antibiotic resistance is a critical problem, but many still don’t appreciate the role played by antibiotics themselves in accelerating this problem’s spread. Single antibiotics capable of killing multiple bacterial species – a class of drugs termed “broad spectrum” – have long been seen as a panacea and a cure for all bacterial infections. Today, essentially all marketed antibiotics kill multiple species of bacteria. Unfortunately bacteria that become resistant to a particular Read More >

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An Innovation Center for Digital Health

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A partnership between Samsung and UCSF opens up opportunities to validate promising sensors and analytics for next-generation digital health solutions Electronics giant Samsung and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) are to establish a new digital health innovation lab. To be located in UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco, the lab will employ leading researchers and technologists to develop exciting new mobile health technologies; and it will be a test-bed where entrepreneurs and Read More >

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Reaction to the $1,000 Genome

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System promises to sequence tens of thousands of human whole genomes a year in a single laboratory. What do the first customers think? Life science technology company Illumina recently launched a sequencing platform that it claims will enable the $1,000 genome. The HiSeq X™ Ten Sequencing System comprises 10 ultra-high-throughput sequencers which together can sequence more than 18,000 genomes per year, making human whole-genome sequencing more affordable and accessible than ever before. The system builds Read More >

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Biofuel by California

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A look at some of the Golden State biotechnology companies that are contributing to the development of biofuels and renewable chemicals CELLANA Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to develop bioproducts. Algae photosynthetically produce a line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented system of serial photobioreactors coupled with open ponds, enables low-cost, continuous production of diverse strains of microalgae. Since 2009, Cellana has operated a 6-acre, Read More >

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Biofuel Research at UC San Diego

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A recent report by the US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ranked programs at UC San Diego as the two best in the country for algal biofuels research, including Scripps Institution of Oceanography as top in the nation. For the 28 Algae Technology Area projects reviewed by the panel, Mark Hildebrand and his team at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego were ranked the highest for criteria that included technical progress, Read More >

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