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Can China’s Agriculture Ministry cull pigs fast enough? By Azman Rahman

‘African Swine Fever’ is a highly contagious viral disease which in its most virulent is almost 100 percent lethal to pigs and wild boars. There is currently no vaccine and the disease causes death in an average of 2-10 days through the hemorrhage of the animal’s skin and internal organs. Gruesomeness aside, we can find…
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Genentech acquires Jecure Therapeutics by Malaviga Gopalakrishnan

Genentech (a subsidiary of Roche), a research-based biotechnological company, has acquired Jecure Therapeutics. Jecure specialised in drug discovery programs targeting inflammatory disorders, with a significant development in the preclinical portfolio of NLRP3 inhibitors to fight these disorders. No financial terms were disclosed, but a Genentech spokesman said it was an all-cash deal. Due to this…
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AbbVie’s FDA Drug Approval – Beat and Raise Quarter by Estia Ryan

AbbVie was the strongest performer in the S&P this week, despite the recent downwards trend across market. The FDA approved Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) following two recent trials. AbbVie has been working with Roche on this project via Roche’s subsidiary Genentech. Share price rose for AbbVie rose to $94.27 from the initial $90.26 on Friday.…
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 Centrica shares sink to near 15-year low by Durrat Adnan

British Gas owner Centrica has announced a hit of around £70 million arising from the incoming energy price cap, as another 370,000 customers have left the supplier. The cap comes into force on 1st January with the impact on earnings likely to be felt in greater force in the first quarter of next year. The…
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Northern Gas’ Hydrogen Potential by Chantelle Popat

Northern Gas Networks have just unveiled a blueprint for a £22.7 billion hydrogen gas grid to serve more than 3.7 million homes and 40,000 businesses in the north of England. The H21 North of England report outlines plans to convert the gas networks of Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, York, Huddersfield, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester, Teesside and Newcastle…
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Brazilian Coffee: A Hot Future? By Bhawesh Vasnani

Brazil is responsible for a third of the world’s coffee, which makes the country the largest producer of the commodity. Coffee is the second most traded commodity (behind only crude oil), with the market valuation estimated to be near 100 billion dollars. Brazil’s coffee production levels highlight their importance on the world markets and their…
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Oil and South Sudan’s Economic Recovery. By Ethan Bradshaw

The economy of Africa’s youngest country, mired in a history of unrest, is one of the world’s most underdeveloped. Insignificant infrastructure and an adult literacy rate of 27% provide little hope for South Sudan’s prospects of becoming an emerging economy of the future. However, increasing interest in the nation’s oil productivity potential means that the…
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Catalyst Pharmaceuticals: why is the stock falling? By Aram Andreasyan

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals is an American biopharmaceutical company based in Florida. The company is developing therapeutics for rare neurological diseases, including the phosphate salt of amifampridine for the treatment of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) under the trade name “Firdapse”. LEMS is a rare autoimmune disorder affecting one in every 300,000 people. The condition’s main symptoms are…
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Brazil’s Financial Markets Crave Public Debt Reformation by Eduardo Zardo

Brazil’s public spending surpasses government revenue by an amount equal to 7% of its annual economic output, and the borrowing needed to cover this gap has pushed debt to close to 80% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This leverage ratio is higher than in most other emerging markets and is rapidly becoming unsustainable…
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How Demonetisation Almost Created India’s Own Lehman’s Crisis by Kusum Sull

Former governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Raghuram Rajan, was addressing an audience at University of California, Berkley last week when he noted that the “shock of demonetisation… had a serious impact on growth in India” following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sudden announcement of demonetising the 500 and 1,000 rupee note overnight on…
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