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Ranking Biotech

The Cross-Border Biotech Blog points to a special issue of Scientific American that ranks 36 countries by their biotech production and potential. The top 10 include Australia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and the US, as judged by their innovation score which took into account foundations, enterprise support, IP, education and workforce, and intensity in each country. The issue also spotlights countries not on that list, such as Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa among others.

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.