Rare Disease Day 2015

Rare Disease Day 2015

On behalf of the PLab team, I would like to wish everyone a happy Rare Disease Day 2015! I hope you all will take a few minutes today to appreciate that 1 in 12 people on Earth is affected by a rare disease. In the spirit of raising awareness about rare diseases,...
A fly screen for Niemann-Pick C

A fly screen for Niemann-Pick C

We are currently carrying out screens to find small molecules that could one day become a Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) therapy. Patients with NPC carry mutant, or defective, copies of the npc1 gene. Like many human disease genes, the npc1 gene also exists in fruit flies....
Lean Biotech Startup Burn Rate

Lean Biotech Startup Burn Rate

Tracking expenses by the day and month is critical to estimating your runway as a startup. Unfortunately, scientists are not fully trained to manage finances in a lab. In academia, most of operational duties are handled by the university, and therefore, scientists...
January in tweets

January in tweets

I ended 2014 with a “year in tweets” post. Today, I inaugurate the “last month in tweets” series as a fun and hopefully informative way to summarize our progress. Let’s dive right in. A hearty PLab welcome to Alec Ludin, our new lab tech!...
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