The next Covid pandemic could be prevented by using a gene drive to preemptively edit the genome of bats to prevent them from becoming hosts for coronaviruses, according to a proposal by scientists from Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzelia and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In a roundup of scientific studies on the novel coronavirus, new findings shed light on why chronic lung diseases that block the airways increase patients’ risks for severe Covid-19 and researchers say the blood disorder anemia should probably be added to the list of risk factors for poorer Covid-19 outcomes.

UK researchers led by a group at Newcastle University identified a gene, HLA-DRB1*04:01, which was three times more common in asymptomatic Covid-19 patients than in people with symptomatic disease. The research was published in the journal HLA.

Passage Bio Inc. and InformedDNA announced a collaboration to provide no-cost genetic counseling and testing for adults who have been diagnosed by their physicians with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD).

Eleven months after launching with $60 million in hand, Ventus Therapeutics raised another $100 million to drive the company’s pipeline toward the clinic.

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR-T) therapy is one of the biggest cancer therapy breakthroughs of our time, but as with any precise science, there is still some fine-tuning to be done to overcome safety risks, limited payload capacity and the prohibitive cost of manufacturing.

Researchers at Northwestern University identified a compound that appears to reverse the ongoing degeneration of upper motor neurons associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

France-based Servier and U.K.-based MiNA Therapeutics are partnering on small activating RNA (saRNA) therapies to treat neurological diseases

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AstraZeneca’s top-selling treatment Tagrisso for another type of lung cancer when diagnosed at an early stage.

A roundup of biopharma news and updates includes Merck and Eisai’s Keytruda-Lenvima combo hitting the mark in a Phase III study for advanced endometrial cancer.