Georgia Bio Blog

G-7 gathers to pledge 1B coronavirus vaccine shots for world

June 11, 2021

CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greeted world leaders on a wooden boardwalk atop the freshly raked sand of Carbis Bay to open the Group of Seven summit Friday, offering elbow bumps to dignitaries gathering for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus was set to…

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Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine scores longer shelf life just as millions of doses were set to expire

June 11, 2021

Just as states were scrambling to administer millions of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 doses set to expire by the end of June, the FDA has swooped in to give the jabs a bit more time on the shelf. The U.S. FDA has extended the shelf life for J&J’s single-shot vaccine from three months to four and a half,…

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Gene Therapy Advances Effort to Allow Deaf People to Hear

May 26, 2021

Scientists at Oregon State University (OSU) say they have found a new piece of the puzzle in the quest to use gene therapy to enable people born deaf to hear. The work centers around a large gene responsible for an inner-ear protein, otoferlin. Mutations in otoferlin are linked to severe congenital hearing loss, a common…

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With engineered proteins, scientists use optogenetics for the first time to help a blind patient see again

May 26, 2021

Somewhere in Paris, in a white room, seated at a white table, a man wearing a headset reminiscent of those worn by VR gamers reached out with his right hand and placed his fingers on a black notebook. This simple motion, which he executed with confidence, was notable for one very important reason: The man…

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The million-dollar jab and other giveaways reveal a desperate push to vaccinate America

May 17, 2021

The first incentives were relatively modest: doughnuts, hunting licenses, baseball tickets. And cheeseburgers. Beer. Whiskey. Maybe even a savings bond, enough to buy a nice toaster someday. The United States has a surplus of coronavirus vaccine doses on its hands, and long gone are the days when people waited hours to get jabbed. Dwindling demand has forced governors and mayors…

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Health depends on the strength of the doctor/technology relationship

May 17, 2021

For the past few decades, technology has been gradually revolutionizing health care for patients. It may be having less-positive effects for physicians, some of whom eye it as a threat to doctoring. As the world simultaneously looks to technology to help us navigate the pandemic and the medical community to get us out of it,…

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Exclusive: Pfizer begins exporting U.S.-made COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico

April 30, 2021

Pfizer Inc’s shipment of COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico this week includes doses made in its U.S. plant, the first of what are expected to be ongoing exports of its shots from the United States, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. The vaccine shipment, produced at Pfizer’s Kalamazoo, Michigan plant, marks the…

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In his biggest speech yet, Biden pitches a new health agency to help ‘end cancer as we know it’

April 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — In one of the most emotional moments of his first major address to Congress, President Biden on Wednesday called on lawmakers to help him “end cancer as we know it.” The bold pledge came after Biden gave a high-profile endorsement of his administration’s proposal to create a new biomedical research agency aimed at developing “breakthrough”…

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How blackouts, fires, and a pandemic are driving shortages of pipette tips — and hobbling science

April 28, 2021

The humble pipette tip is tiny, cheap, and utterly essential to science. It powers research into new medicines, Covid-19 diagnostics, and every blood test ever run. It is also, ordinarily, abundant — a typical bench scientist might grab dozens every day. But now, a series of ill-timed breaks along the pipette tip supply chain —…

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