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Cancer Research Legend Beatrice Mintz Gone at 100

On January 3, 2022, a marvel of intelligence and ingenuity departed from the life science community in the form of Beatrice Mintz, who passed three weeks before her 101st birthday. Born in the Big Apple on January 24, 1921, Dr. Mintz would grow up to become one of the pioneering minds of modern embryology, whose trailblazing research would pave the way for current explorations of genetics.


Jazz Pharmaceuticals Lays Out Vision 2025

After a strong 2021 that included the acquisition of GW Pharmaceuticals, the approval of the acute lymphoblastic leukemia drug Rylaze and the achievement of $3 billion in annual revenue, Jazz Pharmaceuticals set the company’s sights on nearly doubling that return by 2025.


Newly Discovered Gene Doubles Severe COVID-19 Risk and WHO Updates Guidelines

The World Health Organization updated WHO’s treatment guidelines for COVID-19 for the eighth time, recommending baricitinib for individuals with severe COVID-19 when used with corticosteroids. In other news, researchers from the Medical University of Bialystok in Poland identified a gene that appears to double the risk of severe COVID-19.


J&J booster 85% effective against Omicron hospitalization, South Africa says

A Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine booster shot is 85 percent effective in protecting against being hospitalized by the Omicron variant for 1-2 months after the shot is received, the head of South Africa’s Medical Research Council (SAMRC) said on January 14.