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Mar 16 2017

French biotech firm closes in on cancer that killed Steve Jobs

LONDON A French biotech firm is hoping to gain approval within months for a nuclear medicine targeting the type of cancer that killed Steve Jobs.

Mar 15 2017

New UK drug cost rules leave companies fuming

LONDON British drugmakers on Wednesday accused Theresa May's Conservative government of breaking a manifesto commitment to improve access to new medicines, following approval of new cost rules that take effect on April 1.

Mar 14 2017

AstraZeneca ovarian cancer drug slows disease markedly in study

LONDON AstraZeneca's ovarian cancer drug Lynparza slashed the risk of disease progression in a closely watched clinical trial, boosting its profile against rivals within the novel PARP inhibitor drug class.

Mar 10 2017

Complex synthetic life moves closer with designer yeast genome

LONDON Scientists have taken a big step toward designing complex forms of life from scratch by constructing five new artificial chromosomes of baker's yeast, representing a third of the micro-organism's genome, or genetic blueprint. | Video

Mar 09 2017

Novo Nordisk's new CEO turns to deals to help revive growth

Novo Nordisk's new chief executive is looking at making acquisitions to broaden the Danish drugmaker's product line-up, in a change of tack that reflects a need for fresh sources of growth at the world's biggest diabetes company.

Feb 15 2017

Brain damage in former players fuels soccer 'heading' fears

Scientists have found signs of brain damage that could cause dementia in a handful of former soccer players, fuelling worries about the danger of frequent knocks from heading the ball or colliding with others on the field. | Video

Feb 15 2017

Brain damage in former players fuels soccer 'heading' fears

LONDON Scientists have found signs of brain damage that could cause dementia in a handful of former soccer players, fuelling worries about the danger of frequent knocks from heading the ball or colliding with others on the field. | Video

Feb 15 2017

Unearthed essay on alien life reveals Churchill the scientist

LONDON A newly unearthed essay by Winston Churchill shows Britain's wartime leader was uncannily prescient about the possibility of alien life on planets orbiting stars other than the Sun.

Feb 15 2017

Europe ready to embrace first copies of biotech cancer drugs

LONDON Treatment with two important cancer drugs is about to get much cheaper in Europe with a cut-price copy of Roche's blood cancer drug Rituxan likely to hit the market imminently followed by a rival to its breast cancer medicine Herceptin.

Feb 09 2017

Academics call time on $100,000 cancer drugs

LONDON A group of academic researchers has demanded an end to cancer medicines costing more than $100,000 a year and proposed a new model of low-cost drug development that would capitalize on recent advances in science.

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