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Temporary Accounts Payable Processor – ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. – San Diego, CA

November 19, 2014 – 5:45 pm | Edit Post

Strong attention to detail. A minimum of 4 years’ related experience, preferably in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry….
From ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. – 20 Nov 2014 00:45:14 GMT
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Sr. Regulatory Specialist, Biotech Center of Expertise San Diego, CA Job at BASF (San Diego, CA)

November 19, 2014 – 5:29 pm | Edit Post

sales persons at the San Diego CA Center of Biotech Expertise. This location develops and commercializes … Health & Safety Job Segment: Biotech, Microbiology, Regulatory Affairs, Law, Business Development, Science,…

Field Applications Scientist – BioPhase Solutions – San Diego, CA

November 19, 2014 – 5:02 pm | Edit Post

We are currently looking for a Field Applications Scientist to work for a leading San Diego biotechnology company. Bio…. $70,000 – $80,000 a year
From BioPhase Solutions – 20 Nov 2014 07:15:39 GMT
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Project Manager-PMP Certification a Plus! – Ajinomoto Althea, Inc. – San Diego, CA

November 19, 2014 – 5:02 pm | Edit Post

Minimum of five (5) years of biotechnology or pharmaceutical experience (in at least one aspect of biologic or fill/finish manufacturing), is required, CMO…
From Ajinomoto Althea, Inc. – 20 Nov 2014 00:02:22 GMT
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Taxus Cardium Reports On Third Quarter 2014 Results And Corporate Development Activities

November 19, 2014 – 5:00 pm | Edit Post

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Taxus Cardium Pharmaceuticals Group Inc. (Trading Symbol: CRXM) and its advanced regenerative medicine business units today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014 and corporate development activities.

DNA: Jack of All Trades and Master of All

November 19, 2014 – 5:00 pm | Edit Post

Many will say DNA is just a chemical compound and nothing more, and that it needs a cellular setup around it for it to be active. At the cellular level, DNA is capable of sensing the environment as seen by variations in gene expression. However, this occurs in the context of a cellular structure which represents a complex system composed of membrane receptors, signaling molecules, transcription factors, etc., and these work in tandem in influencing the DNA. However there are many lesser known or appreciated traits of DNA which may suggest that this bio-molecule is potentially much more versatile than we think.

Quantum mechanics is a branch of physics that focuses on physical phenomena at nanoscopic scales. Quantum mechanics and biological systems are seldom discussed in one sentence. Do the principles of quantum mechanics apply to a biological process? Quantum events take place in extremely small systems such as atoms and these experiments are conducted at very low temperatures. On the other hand biological molecules are comparatively more complex and these entities work at much warmer temperatures. However, scientists in Germany have shown that when DNA is mixed with groups of electrons with both directions of spin, the DNA shows a remarkable preference to one type of electron spin and not the other. In addition, the longer the DNA molecule the more efficient the choice of spin and, interestingly, single-stranded DNA or damaged DNA didn’t exhibit such spin preference. This study was published in Science1. This observation may have implications not only for biomedical research and quantum computing, but also in the field of Spintronics (spin electronics). This shows a more “independent” personality of DNA outside the realm of DNA-protein interactions which we normally observe in the context of a cell. Then there are those who look at DNA a bit more metaphysically and claimed to have seen effects of stimuli such as conscious intention on DNA synthesis2. Another in vitro study claimed to have observed changes in DNA conformation upon heart-focused intentions or emotions3. The authors of this study also hypothesized that an individual could influence their own DNA. However, whether such data is accepted by mainstream science is in question. Interestingly, a recent mouse-model based study claimed that brain activity causes double-stranded DNA breaks, suggesting that transient damage may occur during learning and memory4.

The brain after a lot of data analysis.30 Rock, NBC Universal.

It seems that the versatile nature of DNA extends to its synthetic version as well. For example, scientists have demonstrated that the synthetic version of the bacterial genome can not only function, but can also be passed on to the offspring, thereby creating a synthetic bacterial cell5. Another group tried using non-natural DNA sequences synthesized in the lab and found that even these sequences may have a potential in providing life to cells6. Therefore, it seems that in the realm of biology, perhaps the most powerful entity is the four nucleotide-based structure that we call DNA. Its strength extends also to its synthetic version. The very presence of these nucleotides in a particular sequence, or even lack thereof, brings an extraordinary biological, or dare I say it, metaphysical and quantum potential that may not need a cellular structure around to show its true independent nature. This goes to show that DNA possesses multiple traits; many of which we know and many more of which are still hidden secrets.
DNA and its preference for spin of electrons
Connection between conscious intention and DNA
Emotions can change DNA conformation
Thinking can cause DNA damage
Synthetic DNA is functional
Non-natural DNA sequence can provide life
So, do you think DNA has potential beyond what we can comprehend? Let us know at techserv@biolegend.com. Contributed by Deepak Yadav, PhD

Organovo To Present At The 26th Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference

November 19, 2014 – 5:00 pm | Edit Post

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Organovo Holdings, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ONVO) (“Organovo”), a three-dimensional biology company focused on delivering breakthrough 3D bioprinting technology, has been invited to present at the 26th Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference, which will be held in

SGI-DNA Launches Gibson Assembly Hifi 1 Step Kit For Simple, Seamless And Rapid Construction Of Synthetic Genes, Gene Clusters And Genetic Pathways

November 19, 2014 – 5:00 pm | Edit Post

LA JOLLA, Calif., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SGI-DNA announces the launch of the Gibson Assembly HiFi 1 Step Kit which allows researchers to assemble multiple, large DNA fragments in a simple one hour, one-step reaction. This is the first high fidelity kit on the market using the Gibson Assembly method…

Polaris Group Announces Treatment Of First Patient In Phase 1 Study Of ADI-PEG 20 Plus Pemetrexed And Cisplatin In Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma And Non-Squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma

November 19, 2014 – 5:00 pm | Edit Post

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Polaris Group announced today that the first patient has been dosed in its Phase 1 trial of ADI-PEG 20 in combination with pemetrexed and cisplatin for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and non-squamous non-small cell lung carcinoma. Polaris Group is…

ViaCyte, Inc. (Formerly Known as Novocell, Inc.) To Present At 26th Annual Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference

November 19, 2014 – 5:00 pm | Edit Post

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ViaCyte, Inc., a privately-held regenerative medicine company developing a stem cell-derived islet replacement therapy for the treatment of diabetes, today announced that Dr. Paul Laikind, President and Chief Executive Officer, will present…