Category: Biochemistry and molecular biology

  • How antivirals provide hope to vulnerable Covid patients

    Pfizer says its recently approved Paxlovid drug has almost 90% success in preventing severe illness if taken soon after infection The recent decision by regulators to approve the antiviral agent Paxlovid for use in the UK adds a formidable new weapon to the arsenal of treatments for Covid-19. Pfizer says the drug has almost 90% […]

  • Investors flock to life sciences as UK sector breaks funding record

    Covid crisis spurs growing interest in drugmakers, diagnostics and medical equipment firms UK drugmakers, diagnostics, medical equipment and other life sciences companies have raised £10.6bn from private funding rounds and stock market flotations in the first three months of the year, more than half of last year’s record total, according to a report. Last year, […]

  • Oxford Covid vaccine works in all ages, trials suggest

    Vaccine being trialled by Oxford University and AstraZeneca offers hope for all age groups Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage One of the world’s leading Covid-19 experimental vaccines produces an immune response in both older and young adults, raising hopes of a path out of the gloom and economic destruction wrought by […]

  • ‘The wondrous map’: how unlocking human DNA changed the course of science

    Thanks to the success of the Human Genome Project, 20 years ago this week, scientists can track biology and disease at a molecular level Twenty years ago this week, an international group of scientists announced it had put together the first genetic blueprint of a human being. After 10 years of effort, the team – […]