Does our blog look big in this? You may have noticed a few changes round these parts, and we hope you like them. No, not that the pace of our posting has slowed (this will surely pick up as industry deal activity awakes from its summer slumber), but moreso the new look and feel of our corner of the web.
Today you'll even see the addition of our first blogroll (in the right-hand column). If you're not already familiar with these Web sites, go check them out. For now, it's a short list, and sure to expand. There are plenty of other high-quality blogs, and rest assured we will aim to update that list relatively frequently.
We'll be rolling out a few other new features in the days, weeks, months ahead. IN VIVO Blog started out only a few months ago as an experiment, and judging by feedback we've received from readers it seems to be working.
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Now, on to some weekend news you may have missed ...
- Back in the U.S.S.R.: Several drugs in clincal trials to treat hepatitis C have suffered setbacks this year, potentially opening the door to new mechanisms of action. On Friday night Implicit Bioscience announced that a Phase IIa study of its immune modulator oglufanide disodium had commenced in Australia. The drug originally hails from Russia, where it was developed and marketed to treat severe infections.
- I'm So Tired: The Guardian weekend magazine has an excerpt from The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Venetian Medical Mystery, by D.T. Max. The book describes the mystery surrounding fatal familial insomnia, along the way illuminating the history of other prion diseases like vCJD and kuru.
- Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey: The New York Times writes about functional MRI, and how a company called Omneuron is using the brain imaging technology to treat chronic pain. But the tech's first application could be in lie detection, says the CEO of the aptly named No Lie MRI.
- Cry Baby Cry: Results from Neurochem's Phase III trial of its Alzheimer's disease candidate Alzhemed were "inconclusive"--i.e. didn't show statistical significance--the company reported Sunday night. This is the latest setback for the company and its drug; shares of Neurochem have been in freefall since late last year.