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Program Aims to Boost Local Biotech

The Arizona Republic this week takes a look at a new program at Arizona State University that is "geared toward building an educated workforce for the Valley's biotechnology industry." The Maricopa-ASU Pathways Program enables a "seamless transition" from community college to academic training at ASU, the paper adds.

ASU's Todd Sandrin tells The Arizona Republic that "right now, we don't have a ton of the biotech industry in Phoenix," though he adds that "we have huge opportunities to build in that sector."

The Scan

Study Finds Few FDA Post-Market Regulatory Actions Backed by Research, Public Assessments

A Yale University-led team examines in The BMJ safety signals from the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and whether they led to regulatory action.

Duke University Team Develops Programmable RNA Tool for Cell Editing

Researchers have developed an RNA-based editing tool that can target specific cells, as they describe in Nature.

Novel Gene Editing Approach for Treating Cystic Fibrosis

Researchers in Science Advances report on their development of a non-nuclease-based gene editing approach they hope to apply to treat cystic fibrosis.

Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

Using interviews, researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics qualitatively assess individuals' motivations for, and experiences with, direct-to-consumer polygenic risk score testing.