The EU Court of Justice will decide whether crops modified using modern gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR should be regulated using current genetically modified organism rules. The court will decide whether traditional methods of eliciting genetic mutation such as radiation are different from new gene-editing technologies, which could affect how foods produced using gene editing are labeled.
The government of Croatia approved a 0.1% blending mandate applicable to second-generation fuels and implemented a 7% cap on conventional biofuels to comply with the Renewable Energy Directive. The blending mandate could be shifted upward next year based on the available supply.
Histogen has begun a 22-week safety trial of a fibroblast-based treatment for hair loss in women, and if this trial is successful, the next one will involve women with late-stage ovarian cancer, says founder and chief scientific officer Gail Naughton. Preventing hair loss in women undergoing chemotherapy might provide a psychological boost, Naughton says.
Relatively few of the YouTube channels that stream videos on science, technology, engineering and math are hosted by women, and that may be due in part to disparaging comments woman-hosted STEM channels garner, says Inoka Amarasekara, a science communication researcher whose study with lecturer Will Grant on the disparity was published in Public Understanding of Science. Female STEM video hosts were more likely than their male counterparts to receive critical, sexist or sexual comments; comments about their appearance; and emotional comments, but they were also more likely to receive positive comments and likes and had more subscribers per view.
High-school science teacher Carla Cooper says the stereotype that girls are less adept than boys at science, technology, engineering and math persists despite the fact that more women than men in Canada are graduating with medical degrees and working in health diagnostic and treatment fields. Nonetheless, she says the stereotype will eventually be demolished, and the change can't come too soon for students Devyn Dunn, Katie Dermody, Allysa Doull, Kaitlyn Harrison and their classmates.
A survey from Prophet found that although health care organizations want to be more focused on consumers, some are hesitant and sometimes resistant to take the necessary steps. "This is an evidence-based, scientific-by-nature, risk-averse, highly regulated and monitored business," said Scott Davis, chief growth officer at Prophet, who added that "moves are not easily made" in the industry.
In its newest ad campaign, Bayer aims to link its lineup of products to the parent brand and connect them to an all-American image. "It's part of an ongoing strategy that we have, which is to help Americans understand why it is you trust us and how often we are touching your lives," says Raymond Kerins Jr., senior vice president of corporate affairs at Bayer.
B. Braun Medical will pay an undisclosed amount for NxStage Medical's bloodlines business under a deal that is expected to be completed later this year. B. Braun will integrate the business into its renal therapies division, which makes and distributes hemodialysis equipment and disposables.
Boulder, Colo.-based medical device startup Aspero Medical has secured an investment from Fort Collins, Colo.-based incubator Innosphere through the Innosphere Fund. The money will be used for the endoscopic device developer's product development and completion of its regulatory work and go-to-market strategy.
A round of Series A financing has brought in an undisclosed amount of proceeds for Canadian medical device company Thornhill Medical. The funds will be used as working capital for the company's emergency mobile product line, as well as to support continued clinical studies in noninvasive cardiac and brain stress testing and to expand global sales and marketing.