Biologics: The pricey drugs transforming medicine
July 26, 2017
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(THE CONVERSATION) In a factory just outside San Francisco, there’s an upright stainless steel vat the size of a small car, and it’s got something swirling inside.
The vat is studded with gauges, hoses and pipes. Inside, it’s hot – just under 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Sugar and other nutrients are being pumped in because, inside this formidable container, there is life.
Scientists are growing cells in there. Those cells, in turn, are growing medicine. Every two weeks or so...