Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a broad discipline in which biological processes, organisms, cells or cellular components are exploited to develop new technologies. New tools and products developed by biotechnologists are useful in research, agriculture, industry and the clinic.

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  • News & Views |

    Polyamines are a growing class of medically and agriculturally active biomolecules that have traditionally been difficult to source. Now, a bio-based platform for high-level production of diverse polyamines has been realized, showing the versatility of biocatalysis and the utility of conceptualizing metabolism as distinct modules.

    • Kevin B. Reed
    •  & Hal S. Alper
    Nature Catalysis 4, 449-450
  • News & Views |

    The Pharmacogenomics Access & Reimbursement Symposium, a landmark event presented by the Golden Helix Foundation and the Pharmacogenomics Access & Reimbursement Coalition (PARC), was a one-day interactive meeting comprised of plenary keynotes from thought leaders across health care that focused on value-based strategies to improve patient access to personalized medicine. Stakeholders including patients, healthcare providers, industry, government agencies, payer organizations, health systems and health policy organizations convened to define opportunities to improve patient access to personalized medicine through best practices, successful reimbursement models, high-quality economic evaluations, and strategic alignment. Session topics included health technology assessment, health economics, health policy, and value-based payment models and innovation.

    • Sara L. Rogers
    • , George P. Patrinos
    •  & Benjamin G. Brown
  • News & Views |

    A technique reveals how folded chromosomal DNA interacts in the nucleus, providing information at the level of single base pairs. The achievement offers an unprecedented level of detail about how gene activity is regulated.

    • Anne van Schoonhoven
    •  & Ralph Stadhouders