A roundup of some of the latest advancements in research and new local job postings. 

News

Genetics professor, Steve Elledge of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has won the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (created by Mark Zuckerberg and others) for his discovery of the pathway that chromosomes use to identify damage and repair.
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Patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer find a better quality of life and clinical improvement with Merck’s drug, KEYTRUDA, compared to chemotherapy.
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Cambridge based Voyager Therapeutics is working on a trial gene therapy which if successful could be a one-time treatment to revert Parkinson’s disease to a manageable state.
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Chemosynthesis found important to fisheries and the multimillion-dollar lobster industry.
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Dinosaur tail, complete with feathers, was found in amber. This finding gives insight to dinosaur feather structure and evolution that could not be determined by previous specimens.
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Jobs

Bioinformatics Analyst I – Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
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Scientist I, Biochemistry – Celgene, Cambridge, MA
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Associate Scientist – Genocea, Cambridge, MA
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