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Novartis shares genome info

Interesting article about Novartis' recent diabetes genome project and deciding to make the information freely available. I like this trend. It seems that science could progress so much faster if everybody shared findings, although I know it's not possible in every case.



Biology Goes Open Source

Feb 12/07 -- Forbes -- Some of the world's biggest drug companies are finding that their genetic research is worth more to them if they give it away.

Novartis, ...
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SRI International And Telik Announce Exclusive License For SRI To Develop Autoimmune And Inflammatory Disease Drug Candidate
Article Date: 09 Feb 2007 - 0:00 PST

SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development organization, and Telik, Inc. (Nasdaq: TELK) today announced that they have signed an exclusive license agreement under which SRI will conduct preclinical studies of a Telik drug candidate for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

The licensing ...
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Elevated Liver Enzymes

Hi all, my partner who is currently on Betaseron has just found out she has very elevated liver enzymes. She's been on Betaseron for two months. She's been on Rebif and Avonex before, and discontinued both of them due to liver enzymes.

She tried Copaxone, but she had an allergic reaction 2 months into it (definitely an allergic reaction, not the crazy post injection episode).

We'd both really like for her to stay on Betaseron ...
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yahoo, landed great coop job!

i'm so excited, i just got home from a symposium in toronto to the news in my email that i landed a summer placement with environment canada's biodiversity convention office! and i might even get to work on article 8j, omg i envisioned working on this stuff when i applied to the program - and it's all coming true!!!!!!!!!!! wheeeeeeeeeeeee!
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MTA and MS

Finally some researchers are starting to poke in the right direction, at least relative to my theory. Of course they are interpreting it in terms of immune system modulation. Just a shame they don't look at it from my view: as spermine synthase over-expression in the targeted brain cells following inactive X chromosome fragmentation. Spermine synthase is on the 2 X chromosomes in female cells but usually only one copy is expressed, from the active ...
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Opexa related info

This isn't specific to Opexa's MS vaccine trial, but it's good to see that they're getting positive results with their other studies.
    Opexa Announces Encouraging Clinical Data on Novel T-Cell Vaccination Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Opexa Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPXA), a company involved in the development and commercialization of cell therapies, announced encouraging data from a clinical trial of 15 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Published in Arthritis & Rheumatism (Vol. 56, No. ...
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Two MRI research articles

Two MRI research articles. The negative side of me reads these and thinks - the more they find out about this disease the worse it seems to get. The positive side of me thinks that technology, through better MRI etc, is giving us a much better understanding of what's going on, which should lead to better treatments / ways of monitoring treatment.

Ian

Extent of brain involvement at diagnosis may predict rate of later brain ...
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Interesting B cell research

This seems likely to have MS implications...



Scientists Learn The Origin Of Rogue B Cells

11 Feb 2007 -- Doctors have long wondered why, in some people, the immune system turns against parts of the body it is designed to protect, leading to autoimmune disease. Now, researchers at the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), in collaboration with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, have provided some ...
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