No Pain, No Gain: R&D Challenges for Success of Microneedle Systems

Perhaps because of unrealistic expectations such as completely pain-free drug injections, and also due to their R&D challenges, no microneedle products have yet reached the market. Now, with the first microneedle devices for drug delivery breaking through into the later stages of clinical trials [1] [2], companies are coming around to the real and unique… Read More »

Who gets to decide when a 14-year-old wants to change gender? The child, the hospital, the battling parents?

In many ways, Max is a typical 14-year-old. He eschews soft music in favour of rock and heavy metal, likes to wear hoodies, giggles when he’s nervous and has a flair for drawing animals. He can be opinionated and sarcastic one moment, shy and withdrawn the next. His insecurities, however, run deeper than run-of-the-mill teenaged… Read More »

Creation of gene-edited babies in China may have been illegal

He Jiankui at the Human Genome Editing Conference in Hong KongREX/Shutterstock By Michael Le Page A preliminary investigation into the creation of gene-edited babies in China has concluded that Chinese researcher He Jiankui “illegally conducted the research in the pursuit of personal fame and gain”, reports the Xinhua state news agency. An investigating team set up… Read More »