Considerations for the Manufacturing of Cell and Gene Therapies for Humans

Considerations for the Manufacturing of Cell and Gene Therapies for Humans

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What are cell and gene therapies and how are they different from drugs? Cell and gene therapies are biologic drugs that come from living systems such as a microorganism or human cells (donors), whereas small-molecule pharmaceuticals largely come from combining specific chemical ingredients in an ordered process. The field of cell and gene therapy has(...)

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Stockholm Syndrome City

Stockholm Syndrome City

Posted by  | A Day in the Life

At the time, chaos and disappointment were all I saw in Baltimore. Imagine sitting at the sixth story window, looking out across the Baltimore skyline, and seeing fire. Heading to work around 8 a.m., news circulates that armored vehicles are set to post around the medical campus, should riots become unruly. Morning turns to lunch,(...)

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50 Years Since Humankind’s Giant Leap

50 Years Since Humankind’s Giant Leap

Posted by  | Perspectives in Research

On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle touched down on the surface of the moon. Approximately 650 million people around the world watched in awe as Neil Armstrong took his historic first steps on the moon on national television. Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had set out on an eight-day-long(...)

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Knocking on the Door: How to Leave Your Postdoc Position

Knocking on the Door: How to Leave Your Postdoc Position

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Guest post by Parnaz Daneshpajouhnejad, M.D., a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The following is not Daneshpajouhnejad's own personal experience but rather inspired by a talk by Megan Bohn, assistant director of postdoctoral affairs, during the event, “Exit Interview: How to Tell the Boss(...)

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Their DNA Will Remember: The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Detention

Their DNA Will Remember: The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Detention

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One of the hottest topics debated in the 2020 presidential race so far has been immigration reform. There has been widespread outrage centered on the separation of families and the horrible conditions and long stays in detention centers along our southern borders. Detainees hope they’ll be released as soon as possible, but for the children(...)

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The Dengue Vaccine Controversy Explained

The Dengue Vaccine Controversy Explained

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Dengue, a virus endemic to Latin America and Southeast Asia, infects about 400 million people and causes about 25,000 deaths each year by dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF). To date there is no cure for dengue, and its toll hits hardest in areas with poorly developed medical systems. Due to the deadly consequences of this virus,(...)

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