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The Dark Side of the Bright Side

Many pharmaceutical companies have been cutting their R&D budgets, and now, many biotechs are following suit, says Pharmalot's Ed Silverman. Even as biotech revenues are rising, companies are keeping hold of their cash and spending less on innovative research. "Overall, biotechs spent $54 million on R&D in 2010, which is down 7 percent from the previous year. This followed a 9 percent decline in spending in 2009," Silverman says. The rise in revenue has been mostly driven by strategic partnerships between biotechs and large pharmaceuticals, he adds.

The Scan

White-Tailed Deer Harbor SARS-CoV-2 Variants No Longer Infecting Humans, Study Finds

A new study in PNAS has found that white-tailed deer could act as a reservoir of SARS-CoV-2 variants no longer found among humans.

Study Points to Benefits of Local Consolidative Therapy, Targeted Treatments in Cancer Care

In JCO Precision Oncology, researchers report that local consolidative therapy combined with molecularly targeted treatments could improve survival for some lung cancer patients.

Genetic Variants That Lower LDL Cholesterol Linked to Reduced Heart Disease Risk

Rare variants in two genes that lower LDL cholesterol are also associated with a decreased risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new JAMA Cardiology study.

Study Links Evolution of Longevity, Social Organization in Mammals

With the help of comparative phylogenetics and transcriptomics, researchers in Nature Communications see ties between lifespan and social organization in mammals.