As with many industries, science has a woman problem. Only around 30 percent of researchers around the world are women according to UNESECO, and those who do work in science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) fields are often paid less than their counterparts. Women who excel in STEM subjects defy the odds stacked against them.…

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In early January 2020, Feng Zhang, a gene-editing researcher at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, started getting emails written in Chinese about a newly identified coronavirus that was spreading in China. Some were from academics he had met, but he also got an unexpected one from the science officer at China’s consulate in…

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− Ovid eligible to receive up to $856M in payments, including a $196M upfront payment, regulatory and commercial milestone payments and tiered double-digit royalties on product sales − Potential first-in-class therapy reduced seizure frequency in children with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in Phase 2 ELEKTRA study − Original 2017 collaboration between Ovid and Takeda to conclude; Ovid…

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The spread of several different variants of the COVID-19 virus poses “a very real threat to our people and our progress” and could trigger “a potential fourth surge of cases” in the U.S., the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned. Dr. Rochelle Walensky has urged the public to continue…

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KEY POINTS The FDA could authorize Novavax’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use as early as May, the company’s CEO, Stanley Erck, told CNBC. The company hopes the FDA will allow it to use data from its clinical trial conducted in the U.K. when it files its emergency use application later this year. The Food and…

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The Food and Drug Administration on Monday issued emergency use authorization for another at-home COVID-19 test. The agency in a press release described the Quidel Quick-Vue At-Home COVID-19 Test, the fourth one it’s approved since last November, as “another antigen test where certain individuals can rapidly collect and test their sample at home, without needing…

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Rice University engineers have developed a new diagnostic tool that can be plugged into an off-the-shelf cellphone can diagnose COVID-19 in 55 minutes or less. The stamp-sized microfluidic chip measures the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein in blood serum from a standard finger prick. The nanobeads bind to SARS-CoV-2 N protein, a biomarker for COVID-19,…

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