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Aug 7, 2008

Miraculins Gains Rights to Mount Sinai Biomarkers for Preeclampsia

  • Miraculins reports that it is licensing a portfolio of biomarkers from Mount Sinai Hospital for use in diagnostic assays for the early detection of preeclampsia.

    The signing of the term sheet between these organizations includes the biomarker endoglin, a cell surface glycoprotein. Recent studies have shown that it increases in week 17–20 of gestation and that it also plays a role in identifying the highest risk patients.

     



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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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