Researchers at Ingenza and the University of Plymouth are using a machine learning and high‑throughput screening approach to discover novel antimicrobial therapies. In this article, Nikki Withers spoke to one of the researchers, Jack Kay, to hear about the current threat posed by antimicrobial resistance and how he hopes their…
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When it comes to developing antibody drugs, Dr Jerome Boyd-Kirkup and his team are not sticking to the classical playbook. Here, he explains how they use systems biology and immuno-engineering to remove the element of luck from biologic drug discovery and development.
The field of oncology has successfully applied precision medicine approaches to diagnosis and treatment. Success has been driven by a growing understanding of the underlying biology of cancer; the emergence of innovative tools and technologies for biomarker identification and detection; and considerable advocacy by patients, physicians and policymakers that has…
In this article Maria Bernabeu, Group Leader at EMBL, Barcelona, discusses why it is important to research and develop novel therapeutics for cerebral malaria and how her research group intends to develop a 3D blood-brain barrier model for this purpose.
Professor Laurence D Hurst explains why understanding the nucleotide mutations in viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, can have significant implications for vaccine design.
Results of a recent study by researchers at the University of Bristol indicate neuropilin-1 is an important host factor for SARS-CoV-2 infection. The team suggests that blocking neuropilin-1 may be a valuable therapeutic intervention in the treatment of COVID-19. Nikki Withers spoke to one of the study’s lead investigators, Dr…
COVID-19 is known to infect the lungs; however, the dynamics of viral infection and replication are poorly understood. Alongside the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Professor Lyle Armstrong and colleagues have been working to develop a human lung epithelium model of SARS-CoV-2 infection and replication. In this article, he describes…
Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital have studied several thousand circulating proteins within the plasma proteome of symptomatic COVID-19 patients and acutely ill non-COVID-19 controls. Nikki Withers discussed their findings and implications of the study with one of the lead authors, Dr Mike Filbin.
In October this year, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, the two scientists who pioneered the revolutionary gene-editing technology CRISPR, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Here, Pushpanathan Muthuirulan discusses the potential for this technology and the importance of using it safely, ethically and responsibly.
In the upstream bioprocessing in-depth focus experts reveal how CRISPR is being leveraged to enhance productivity in cell line development and why industry is focusing on producing animal-component free glycosaminoglycans.
This in-depth focus features articles on neuropilin-1, a potential new target for COVID-19 drug development, the creation of a lung model to enhance our understanding of SARS-CoV-2 infections and using proteomics to uncover the mechanisms behind COVID-19 symptom severity.
In this in-depth focus find out how genetic screening can be used to customise healthcare and why scientists have turned to machine learning in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.
In this journal, find articles discussing antimicrobial resistance, exploring why inhibiting the interaction between SARS-CoV-2 and neuropilin-1 could help combat COVID-19, as well as how CRISPR can be used to enhance productivity in cell line development. Also in this issue, features on engineering new biologic drugs and precision medicine.
This article lists three of the most recent advances in pre-clinical HIV research and vaccine development.
In this article, Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ Global Head of Discovery Neuroscience discusses the findings of their recent study which highlighted new roles for two gene products involved in human deafness which could enable drug discovery for some prevalent auditory disorders.