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India Patent Office approves Gilead's hepatitis C drug patent

(Reuters) - India has reversed course and granted approval to Gilead Sciences Inc’s patent for its hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, marking a setback for patient groups who said the move could stop affordable copies of the drug.<p>File photo of Gregg Alton, Gilead's executive vice president, corporate and …

Patents

These Investors Bet on Allergan Just Before Its Deal With Pfizer Collapsed

Hedge funds, including Baupost Group, Davidson Kempner Capital Management and Magnetar Financial, made investments in Allergan during the first …

UK cost body finally approves limited use of GSK's lupus drug

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s healthcare cost watchdog has finally approved GlaxoSmithKline’s lupus drug Benlysta for limited use, after rejecting it since 2011 on the grounds that it failed to offer good value for money.<p>The GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west London, Britain, …

Immune System

3 Reasons Investors Can Buy Bristol-Myers Squibb

IMAGE SOURCE: BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB.<p>After digesting a steadily decline in sales tied to the patent cliff, big pharmaceuticals' stocks are beginning to attract investors again. Although there are bigger pharma stocks that investors can buy, <b>Bristol-Myers Squibb</b> is one of my top picks. Here are three …

1 Wonder Drug Sends Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Rocketing 13% Higher in April

Image source: Bristol-Myers Squibb.<p><b>What:</b> Shares of <b>Bristol-Myers Squibb</b> (NYSE: BMY), one of the largest pharmaceutical giants in the U.S., vaulted higher by 13% in April and touched a 17-year high, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The primary reason behind Bristol-Myers' big …

How to Survive a Fast, Venomous, Flesh-Destroying Snake

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>The boy was thirteen years old when, while hunting for bush rats, he stuck his hand down the wrong hole. He was bitten by a saw-scaled viper. The boy’s hand swelled up and his skin turned white. He started bleeding from huge open gashes in his knuckles …

Zoology

NASA is sending astronauts to Mars, but vegetarians, early risers and the gluten-free need not apply

NASA recently announced it intended to send a manned mission to Mars by 2030. While details are sketchy, the call for astronauts has already begun. …

Now scientists find Zika-linked brain disorder in adults

Scientists in Brazil have uncovered a new disorder associated with Zika infections in adults that attacks the brain and spinal cord.<p>Zika has already been linked with the autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome, which attacks peripheral nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, causing temporary …

Smart Science: Wolbachia Bacteria Might Stop Zika and Dengue Viruses

A funny-sounding bacteria that you’ve never heard of—<i>Wolbachia</i>—will likely be an important weapon in the fight against Zika, dengue and other viruses plaguing the tropics. These arbovirus infections have been exploding in Latin America and the Caribbean and scientists are scrambling to stop the …

Hawaii Biotech joins race to develop Zika vaccine

(Reuters) - Privately owned vaccine developer Hawaii Biotech Inc has joined the race to produce a vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, a fast-spreading infection which has been linked to severe birth defects in babies.<p>A transmission electron micrograph (TEM) shows the Zika virus, in an …

Public Health

Gilead Can Still Shake Off Biotech Gloom

Fears about the Hepatitis C market won’t be confirmed until they show up in Gilead’s results, which come out on Tuesday

Dow Jones

Medical & Biotech

A prototype flexible electronic mouthguard can measure lactate levels in an athlete’s saliva, tracking muscle fatigue during training and performance.<p>…

British Researchers Get Approval to Genetically Modify Human Embryos

Less than a year after scientists in China became the first to genetically modify human embryos, a research team in Britain has been given the green …

Will these Alaska villagers be America's first climate change refugees?

Scientists estimate that due to climate change, the village of Kivalina, in northwestern Alaska, will be underwater by the year 2025.<p>In 2008, the Inupiat village sued 24 of the world's biggest fossil fuel companies for damages. In 2013, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case and the village has …

The mites living on your face probably run in your family

For the tiny mites that live on our faces, choosing a landlord may be a family matter<i>.</i><p>Researchers identified four lineages of microscopic <i>Demodex</i> …

Biology

Space Fungus! Mold Attacks Space Station Plants

Four zinnia plants on the International Space Station are sickly or dead after mold was discovered in the Veggie experiment facility late December, …

Space Exploration

Taking The Genome Further In Healthcare

Brendan Frey Contributor<p>Brendan Frey is the CEO and president of Deep Genomics.<p>Collecting genome data is reliable, fast and cheap. Yet, interpreting that data is unreliable, slow, and expensive — when it’s even possible.<p>Today, genome interpretation is a burgeoning science, but it’s not yet a …

Genetics

AstraZeneca Wants a Stake in This Biotech Firm for a Cancer Cure

AstraZeneca (azncf) is to buy 55% of privately held biotech firm Acerta Pharma for $4 billion to give it access to a new kind of blood cancer drug, …

Gene Scan Finds Surprising Mutations in Kids With Cancer

More than 8 percent of children with cancer have unsuspected genetic mutations that could run in their families, researchers reported on Wednesday.<p>These mutations not only put the children at risk of future cancers, but can mean their parents, brothers and sisters also have an unusually high risk, …

Cancer

Needle-Free Vaccine Might Protect Babies From Deadly RSV Virus

Researchers think they may have developed a vaccine that could protect babies from a virus that kills 200 U.S. children a year and puts 75,000 into the hospital.<p>Respiratory syncytial virus or RSV infects almost every child at some time, and usually causes little more than a bad cold. But in some …

Will emoji become a new language?

Emoji are already butting their heads with traditional words, but could they take over completely? Linguist Neil Cohn casts his expert eye over the pictures taking the world by storm.<p>The year 2015 could be called the year of the emoji. They have landed a teenage boy in a police cell and prompted …

Language

Antarctica ice shelf collapse is a climate opportunity.

If you follow the news on climate change, you’ve probably noticed a shift toward apocalyptic headlines over the last year or so, especially when the …

Climate Change

Mercury alert: Is canned tuna safe?

This is of particular concern for young children, whose nervous system, brain, heart, kidneys and lungs are all susceptible to the harmful effects of …

Nasa uses new OCO2 satellite to track rising carbon dioxide levels

As world leaders prepare for climate talks in Paris at the end of November, Nasa satellites have been flying around Earth tracking rising carbon …

How Some Healthy Foods Can Be Bad For The Environment

Vegetarians, put down your pitchforks. Meat-eaters, less of the smug grin. Yes, this article is about some of the environmental issues associated …

6 Reasons to Upgrade to RebelMouse from WordPress

The huge gap between current CMS offerings and what the world needed occurred to me during my time as CTO of The Huffington Post. When we were …