A COVID-19 vaccine candidate under development by China’s CanSino Biologics is moving forward in development after the company published data supporting patient safety.

BioSpace reviews some recently published scientific studies, including researchers with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus releasing a new study calling attention to the emergence of mosquito-borne viral outbreaks in West Africa.

Switzerland’s Roche acquired genetic sequencing company Stratos Genomics for an undisclosed amount.

The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for JNJ-61186372 (JNJ-6372) for the treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer with epidermal growth factor receptor Exon 20 insertion mutations, whose disease has progressed on or after platinum-based chemotherapy.

The best-known genetic marker for Alzheimer’s disease is ApoE4 – a form of apolipoprotein E – which is a protein involved in repairing neurons injured by aging, stroke or other reasons.

Researchers at Technical University of Munich (TUM) recently developed a gene therapy that might cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

23andMe announced that the company was laying off about 100 employees as sales were down, reflecting a shrinking market for DNA test kits to consumers.

Germany’s drug assessment body said data provided by Bayer on the precision cancer drug Vitrakvi did not provide clear enough evidence of benefits, in a setback to the drugmaker in the company’s home market.

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BioSpace gathered examples of recent breakthroughs in breast cancer treatment.

The European Commission approved Astellas Pharma’s oral once-daily therapy Xospata as a monotherapy for treating adults with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia with a FLT3 mutation.