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Merck KGaA says might strike partnership deal this year

MUNICH (Reuters) - German drugmaker Merck KGaA might agree partnership deals to jointly develop two of its most promising experimental medicines with a rival as early as this year, but more likely in 2019, its drug research and development chief said on Sunday. Read More


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AstraZeneca's Lynparza shown to put brakes on ovarian cancer

MUNICH (Reuters) - An AstraZeneca drug that blocks a cancer cell's ability to repair its genetic code greatly reduced the risk of ovarian cancer worsening in a phase III trial, underpinning its lead against two U.S. rivals in the same class. More »


Roche takes on Loxo, Bayer in gene-defined cancer class

MUNICH (Reuters) - Roche's entrectinib cancer pill was shown to shrink tumors in 57 percent of patients within a group that can only be identified via genetic profiling, as the Swiss drugmaker challenges an alliance of Bayer and Loxo Oncology in a new targeted treatment area. More »


Novartis drug cut death risk by 35 percent in gene mutation breast cancer

ZURICH (Reuters) - An experimental cancer drug that Novartis hopes will raise the profile of its oncology portfolio cut the risk of death or disease progression by more than a third in breast cancer patients with a hard-to-target gene mutation. More »


Roche scores win in slowing aggressive type of breast cancer

ZURICH/MUNICH (Reuters) - An immunotherapy cocktail from Roche helped slow an aggressive type of breast cancer where new treatments have proven elusive, offering positive news for the Swiss drugmaker as it chases medicines produced by its rivals. More »


BepiColombo spacecraft starts seven-year journey to Mercury

TOKYO (Reuters) - A European-Japanese spacecraft set off on a treacherous seven-year journey to Mercury to probe the solar system's smallest and least-explored planet. More »


Carrots could be key to making greener buildings, say researchers

LONDON (Reuters) - Crunchy and tasty, yes, but could carrots also strengthen cement and cut carbon dioxide emissions for the building industry? More »


Skull of ancient human found in burned Brazilian museum

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The skull of Luzia, the oldest known human fossil in the Americas, was found by researchers combing through debris at Brazil's National Museum, which burned down in September, the Museum said on Friday. More »


Scientists prepare for expedition to the world's deepest depths

(Reuters) - For the first time, humans will visit the deepest part of each of the five oceans, plunging to the sea floor using a two-person craft designed to withstand the intense pressures more than 5.5 miles (9 km) below the surface. More »


In toothy prequel, piranha-like fish menaced Jurassic seas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - You can call it a prehistoric prequel. More »


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