BU's Covid tinkering & why it's hard to take drugs off the market – STAT

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By Damian Garde , Allison DeAngelis and Adam Feuerstein Oct. 20, 2022
What happens when approved drugs turn out not to work? Is it OK to make SARS-CoV-2 hybrids? And are British tabloids reliable sources of science news?
We cover all that and more this week on “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. Lawyer and bioethicist ​​Holly Fernandez Lynch joins us to explain a watershed test of the FDA’s authority to revoke drug approvals. And STAT’s Helen Branswell calls in to discuss the headline-grabbing research at Boston University involving a lab-developed version of the virus that causes Covid-19.

For more on what we cover, here’s the news on the FDA; here’s the latest on the BU research; here’s where you can find episodes of Color Code; here’s where you can subscribe to the First Opinion Podcast; and here’s our complete coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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And if you have any feedback for us — topics to cover, guests to invite, vocal tics to cease — you can email [email protected].
National Biotech Reporter
Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast.
Biotech Startups and Venture Capital Reporter
Allison is a biotech reporter at STAT, covering biopharma startups and venture capital.
Senior Writer, Biotech
Adam is STAT’s national biotech columnist, reporting on the intersection of biotech and Wall Street. He’s also a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast.

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