Forbes tries to answer the question in depth of what will happen when biotech drugs start to become generic: 

In a few years, the first blockbusters of the biotech age will begin to face generic competition. Big drugs like Amgen's AMGN +2.54% Epogen and Neulasta, Roche and Biogen Idec's BIIB +2.4% Rituxan, and Erbitux, from Eli Lilly and Bristol-Myers Squibb BMY -0.1%, could eventually face cheaper competitors. But they won’t be exact substitutions, because these drugs will be so much harder to make. Most will not be true generics but biosimilars — products with a similar profile that are still seen as slightly different from the original.

So how quickly will sales erode? It will depend on the disease being treated and whether decisions are being made by physicians and patients or by hospital administrators, according to a new analysis by ZS Associates, a global consultancy.

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Good news for Biotechnology research. The government finally is getting serious about research in the field by putting in money. As UGC recognized university ASU supports the social mission of using Biotechnology to transform India. 

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In an effort to give thrust to biotechnology research, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has planned to set up four new inter-university centres across the country, UGC Vice-Chairman H. Devar...

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Calestous Juma argues that advocacy groups are clinging to ideology and ignoring the potential of genetically modified crops.

Biotechnology sceptics have a right to question the role of biotechnology in global food security. But they are wrong to ignore the growing evidence of the potential contributions the biotechnology and new challenges such as climate change that require new technological responses.

Food security depends on four interrelated factors: quantity of food, which involves increasing agricultural productivity; access to food, which is determined both by income levels and quality of infrastructure; nutrition; and overall stability of the food system, such as resilience to shocks.

Genetically-modified (GM) crops or any other breeding methods on their own cannot solve the challenges related to food quality, access to food, nutrition or stability of food systems. But their role cannot be dismissed for ideological reasons.

Read the source article at theguardian.com

Researchers have identified a gene which is required for the proper development of a healthy cerebellum, a master control centre in the brain for balance, fine motor control and complex physical movements.

Researchers have found that a specific gene, called Snf2h, plays an important role in the development of the cerebellum.

Athletes and artists perform their extraordinary feats relying on the cerebellum. The cerebellum is critical for the everyday tasks and activities that we perform, such as walking, eating and driving a car.

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Scientists have found the 'missing link' in the chemical system that enables animal cells to produce ribosomes that manufacture all of the proteins needed to build tissue and sustain life.

Scientists have found the 'missing link' in the chemical system that enables animal cells to produce ribosomes that manufacture all of the proteins needed to build tissue and sustain life.

The discovery will provide scientists with a better understanding of how to limit uncontrolled cell growth, such as cancer, that might be regulated by controlling the output of ribosomes.

Ribosomes are responsible for the production of the wide variety of proteins that include enzymes; structural molecules, such as hair, skin and bones; hormones like insulin; and components of our immune system such as antibodies.

Read the source article at financialexpress.com

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