Israel-based PregnanTech has created LIONESS, an implantable device that keeps the cervix elongated despite contractions and lessens the load on the cervix, helping prevent preterm birth.
The FDA has given expanded clearance to Adaptive Biotechnologies for its clonoSEQ assay that is used to evaluate minimal residual disease in chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients. The test can now be used to monitor and detect MRD in bone marrow or blood samples.
President Donald Trump has said a COVID-19 vaccine could be available in the US before the Nov. 3 election or "right around that time." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, meanwhile, has offered a more conservative forecast and says there could be at least one safe vaccine by the end of this year.
Scientists who have children and are working from home because of the novel coronavirus pandemic are losing research hours, especially those with children between the ages of 0-5, according to studies. Institutions are responding with flexible deadlines and shared teaching loads, but some of the changes may have a financial impact on scientists and the institutions.
Cuts in science and research jobs and funding may negatively impact women, minorities and the economically disadvantaged, according to a letter published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution by 19 researchers from around the world. "It's like we're going back 30 years," said Raisa Vieira, an ecologist at the Federal University of Goias in Goiania, Brazil.
The accomplishments of women have not derailed biases that women are inferior to men in some areas, including science, writes Gina Rippon, professor emeritus of Cognitive NeuroImaging at Aston University. A 2018 paper by two UK psychologists said that while some inequality in STEM jobs was driven by economics, some was driven by an idea that men were more likely to excel at science than women, Rippon writes.
Senamile Masango is inspiring young girls to pursue their dreams in science through her foundation and as a role model. Masango was the first South African woman to conduct an experiment through the European Organisation for Nuclear Research and is one of the top Black women scientists under age 35 in South Africa.
AbbVie agreed to a $24 million settlement to resolve a lawsuit filed by the California Department of Insurance that accused the drugmaker of violating the state's Insurance Frauds Prevention Act in marketing its arthritis drug Humira. The lawsuit accuses AbbVie of unlawfully providing free and valuable professional services and goods to doctors to incentivize prescribing of Humira, among other allegations.