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Oct 19, 2006

Plasmid Factory Receives German Government Grant

  • The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) awarded Plasmid Factory a grant for its research into the production of DNA pharmaceuticals.

    The grant will support the comparison of AB-plasmids to DNA-minicircles and the development of processes for large-scale production and quality assurance for three years.

    Plasmid Factory currently develops plasmid DNA without the genetic elements for resistance against antibiotics and without other selection markers.



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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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