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Biotech Developments in 2012 and 2013

By December 31, 2012

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Out with the old and in with the new, as the saying goes. Of course, science doesn't really work that way. Each year builds on the previous work. However, the new year is typically a time to take stock, review the happenings of past year, and set expectations for the new one. In keeping with this tradition, I just posed Six Biotech Developments in 2012 and Predictions for Next Year which reviews some of the biotech highlights for 2012 and expected developments for the coming year.

It seems that, in 2013, we will probably see the first GMO animal at dinner table and the Supreme Court may finally decide if your genes can be patented. Other advances in stem cell and gene therapy, diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, and cancer treatment may not be as dramatic but have much more impact and be more significant in the long run. Of course, some of the most interesting developments will be the ones missed--the unexpected surprises that that change the playing field and invalidate the dogma. These are the ones I am looking forward to most.

Whatever happens with biotech, I look forward to continuing to let you know about it in 2013 and I wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year.


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