BioTech Circle News - October 2007

January 16 2008


More Blog Categories Added

You can find 3 new blog topics this month: Enigmas and Tough Challenges; Need to Know - Important New Discoveries; Words to the Wise - Emerging Scientific Trends. These additions bring to 7 the "opinion" topics, followed by archives of this newsletter and some suggestions on how to use the BioTech Circle site, 3 community-building (hopefully) BioRequests topics and then coverage of Bio Events.

October Biotech Report

With this October 2007 update, you now have access to 3,1 69Web articles, 3,196 gene-related patents and 7,107 gene-related patent applications...13,472 biotech citations in all.

You may now access PDF versions of our selected October 2007 Web articles and the gene-related patents and patent applications issued and posted by the US Patent Office in October through the links in the left column of our home page:

Alternatively, you can quickly review the article titles with links to the abstracts and full articles, and gene-related patenting activity sorted by country by clicking on
"Archives" and then the underlined text (rather than the PDF symbol).
Web articles

One of this month's articles theme SEEMS to be "things are not always what they seem to be." Some examples:

Win Some, Lose Some

Cites opposing conclusions from evidence that tumor growth and lack of allergy coincide, illustrating the perils of leaping to conclusions on the basis of incomplete data.

See our blog post "Do Hyperactive Immune Systems Protect Against Cancer...or Does Cancer Suppress Immune Systems and thus Cause Allergies?" commenting on this under Enigmas and Tough Challenges:

All Systems Go

Reductionism, the idea that things can best be understood by reducing them to their smallest components, is useful in physics and chemistry. However, a complete understanding of biological processes means putting the bits back together again.

See our blog post "Biology: No Place for the KISS (Keep it Simple, Sam) Principal"

Why Can Bats Fly When Mice Can't?

Nobel laureate's new work stems from belief that  a lot of evolution arises from additive mutations rather than loss of properties. A gene is duplicated in the genome, and then one copy evolves a new function while the original gene is left intact.

When 'Good' Cholesterol Goes Bad

New research suggests that some people's HDL is more protective for their hearts than others, and that certain proteins in HDL can exacerbate vessel damage,
particularly in people with heart disease.


Gene-Related Patents/Patent Applications

This month 93 gene-related patents were granted by the U.S. Patent Office (compared with only 59  in September  2007),  issued to 14 countries outside the United States.

Just 114 gene-related patent applications were posted by the U.S. Patent Office in October 2007, the same low number as in September.

Review the titles, categories, assignees, country of origin of all 207 gene-related patents and patent applications posted by the U.S. Patent Office this month by clicking on the appropriate title in the left column of our home page. You will find URLs to locate the full text and diagrams of all cited documents at the top of the respective PDF files.


We hope you find these brief updates helpful. Please feel free to drop me an e-mail anytime with suggests and comments.


Joanne F. Gucwa, Editor

BioTech Circle News