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GSK partners CRISPR discoverer to develop rapid COVID-19 test

Added: 5 Jun 2020

Gene editor turns gene detective: Dermot Martin investigates a successful COVID-19 test development…

Re-purposing familiar drugs to defend against COVID 19

Sarah Lawton | Added: 15 May 2020

By Dermot Martin

Drugs with a successful track record against rare diseases occasionally show posi…

What’s your poison?

Sarah Lawton | Added: 11 May 2020

Why are so many drugs derived from natural sources on the market to treat human disease? Venom-mast…

Going (anti)viral

Added: 28 Apr 2020

Dermot Martin catches us up with the rapid reaction of the biopharma community to meet the Covid-19…

Going round in circles

Added: 9 Apr 2020

Single use plastics are a staple in the lab – but they are also are part of the plastics pollution …

Coronavirus – is it just “a type of ‘flu”?

Added: 2 Apr 2020

The virology, genomics, epidemiology and medical response – Chief Virology Examiner at the Institut…

Shining a light on diabetes

Added: 17 Mar 2020

The complexity of glycogen storage diseases like diabetes means a reductionist approach just won’t …

Does gene therapy put safety second?

Added: 15 Mar 2020

The delivery of gene therapies relies almost entirely on viral vectors. So, when it comes to the pr…

A certain ratio

Added: 27 Jan 2020

Has CRISPR just given us the ability to change the sex ratio in mammals? Dermot Martin reports on n…

Can we afford to cure the incurable?

Added: 14 Jan 2020

Putting us on the very cusp of a medical revolution – gene therapy could cure the incurable. But as…

Moving from push to pull

Added: 9 Dec 2019

Nothing less than an entirely new model of drug development is needed if we are to create new antib…

Time to reconcile science and philosophy

Added: 4 Nov 2019

Despite close historical ties, philosophy and science have had a bumpy relationship in the modern e…

Innovation and sustainability for your lab

Added: 14 Oct 2019

Source new technologies, future-proof your laboratory and find out ways to make procurement sustain…

It’s in the blood

Added: 7 Oct 2019

Despite – or perhaps because of – its importance, some of the world’s most deadly diseases have the…

Law and disorder

Added: 23 Sep 2019

We have been working on Alzheimer’s for a long time… so where are all the therapeutic drugs? Here D…

Defending our last line

Added: 10 Sep 2019

Swift action is vital in the battle against AMR. But as our last lines of defense begin to fall to …

A mysterious relationship

Added: 28 Aug 2019

It is hardly a secret that obesity continues to emerge as a pandemic, but less well known is the bi…

Knowing a lot about very little

Added: 19 Aug 2019

The potential of nanomedicine to tackle many diseases is immense, but we really don’t know much abo…

Reproducibility comes as standard (part 2)

Added: 5 Aug 2019

Science's reproducibility crisis is a big challenge and one that needs to be overcome quickly. In t…

Reproducibility comes as standard (part 1)

Added: 29 Jul 2019

Science's reproducibility crisis is a big challenge and one that needs to be overcome quickly. In t…