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Bioscience Bulletin: Doubts about DNA, the Impact of Digital Health, Cancer-fighting Magnolias

July 2, 2015 3:12 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Welcome to Bioscience Technology’s new series Bioscience Bulletin, where we bring you the five most popular headlines from the week.

Researchers Define Unique Group of High-Risk Lymphoma Patients

July 2, 2015 11:15 am | by University of Rochester | News | Comments

The goal for many cancer patients is to reach the five-year, disease-free mark, but new research...

Too Exhausted to Fight – and to Do Harm

July 2, 2015 10:58 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

An ‘exhausted’ army of immune cells may not be able to fight off infection, but if its soldiers...

Rearming Immune Cells Blasts Ovarian Cancer in Mice

July 2, 2015 9:47 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

One reason ovarian cancer is so deadly: it turns off immune cells that try to fight it. A Weill...

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Microarray for Research into Haematological and Solid Cancers

July 1, 2015 12:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Oxford Gene Technology (OGT) released a new microarray designed to improve the accuracy and efficiency of cancer research. The CytoSure Cancer +SNP array (4x180k) combines long oligo array comparative genomic hybridisation (aCGH) probes with fully validated single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) content.

Major Step for Implantable Drug Delivery Device

June 29, 2015 9:21 am | by MIT | News | Comments

An implantable, microchip-based device may soon replace the injections and pills now needed to treat chronic diseases.

Cancer Drug Prolongs Life in Flies

June 26, 2015 10:42 am | by Max Planck Institute | News | Comments

Trametinib inhibits the same signal pathway in flies and humans and could thus conceivably also extend life expectancy in humans.


Compound in Magnolia May Combat Head and Neck Cancers

June 26, 2015 10:13 am | by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs | News | Comments

Honokiol, from magnolia bark, shuts down cancer cells in lab.

Doctors Propose Tool to Help Gauge the Value of Cancer Drugs

June 24, 2015 9:58 am | by Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press | News | Comments

The pushback against soaring cancer drug prices is gaining steam. A leading doctors group on Monday proposed a formula to help patients decide if a medicine is worth it - what it will cost them and how much good it is likely to do.

Eavesdropping on the Body: New Device Tracks Chemical Signals Within Cells

June 24, 2015 9:39 am | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

Biomedical engineers have invented a new device that more quickly and accurately "listens in" on the chemical messages that tell our cells how to multiply.

Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Pipeline Dominated by Early-Stage Development

June 22, 2015 9:07 am | by Joshua Libberton, Analyst, GBI Research | Articles | Comments

While the Phase III portion of the pipeline is comparatively small, it is followed by a relatively large Phase II, indicating that there will be a sustained stream of products moving through the later development stages.

Bioscience Bulletin: Benefits of Chocolate; Performance Based on Pupils; the Thin Line Between Madness and Genius

June 19, 2015 4:25 pm | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Welcome to Bioscience Technologys new series Bioscience Bulletin, where we bring you the five most popular headlines from the week.


North Korea Says it Cured Cancer, AIDS, Ebola with Wonder Drug

June 19, 2015 4:16 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

North Korea — which has allegedly starved millions of its people and is unable to treat even modest medical problems such as cataracts — has a new drug on the market that it says can cure AIDS, Ebola and some cancers.

DDT’s Health Effects Continue to Ripple, with New Breast Cancer Link

June 17, 2015 10:12 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

DDT was a wonder pesticide, which turned the tide on everything from bed bugs to malaria-carrying mosquitoes during the 20th century. But even after its health and environmental effects were acknowledged and its agricultural use was banned in 1972, its toxic legacy continues, according to a new study.

Avocados May Hold Answer to Beating Leukemia

June 16, 2015 9:12 am | by University of Waterloo | News | Comments

Rich, creamy, nutritious and now cancer fighting. New research reveals that molecules derived from avocados could be effective in treating a form of cancer.

Battling Brain Tumors

June 15, 2015 11:07 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Some brain tumor stem cells may have an Achilles’ heel, scientists have found. The cancer stem cells’ remarkable abilities have to be maintained, and researchers  have identified a key player in that maintenance process. When the process is disrupted, they found, so is the spread of cancer.

Mini-breast Grown in Petri Dishes - a New Tool for Cancer Research

June 12, 2015 10:12 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health | News | Comments

A research group developed an assay whereby cultured human breast epithelial cells rebuild the three-dimensional tissue architecture of the mammary gland.


Genetic Markers Provide Better Brain Cancer Classification

June 11, 2015 10:15 am | News | Comments

A team of scientists has shown that using just three molecular markers will help clinicians classify gliomas – the most common type of malignant brain tumors – more accurately than current methods.

Intravenous Nutrition Source Could Improve Effectiveness of Chemotherapy Nanodrugs

June 5, 2015 9:22 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

A single dose of an FDA-approved intravenous nutrition source may be able to significantly reduce the toxicity and increase the bio-availability of platinum-based cancer drugs, according to a study published in Scientific Reports.

New Blood Test Identifies Past Viral Infections

June 5, 2015 8:13 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A total of 569 blood samples were collected from people across four continents for the initial study. 

Texas Doctors Do First Skull and Scalp Transplant

June 5, 2015 8:11 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Texas doctors say they have done the world's first partial skull and scalp transplant to help a man with a large head wound from cancer treatment.

New Sensing Tech Could Help Detect Diseases, Fraudulent Art, Chemical Weapons

June 2, 2015 9:28 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

An international research team of engineers has developed nanotechnology that promises to make surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) simpler and more affordable.

Sleeping Cancer Can ‘Wake Up’ Years Later

May 29, 2015 9:07 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Years, even decades, after remission some cancers return without warning. The “sleeping” cancer cells reactivate, “waking up” decades later, according to a British team of scientists, who say they may have found the molecular key to the change.

Diagnosing Cancer With Help from Bacteria

May 28, 2015 9:56 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Engineered probiotics can detect tumors in the liver.

23andMe's Plan to Harness Data for Disease Treatments

May 28, 2015 8:59 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The company's massive database of genetic information it collected over the years will play an important role in this new project.

Scientists Tout New ‘Rosetta Stone’ for Prostate Cancer Mutations

May 27, 2015 10:18 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

About 90 percent of advanced prostate cancers have particular genetic mutations that can provide a target for cancer drugs. An international team of scientists say they have cataloged a comprehensive map of those mutations in metastatic prostate cancers, in a paper published in the journal Cell.

Scientists are Designing Decoy Drugs to Fool Cancer

May 27, 2015 9:06 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Cancer cells are shifty characters. They use a number of dirty tricks to survive and infiltrate the body. Now scientists are fighting back with some sneaky strategies of their own. A study published in Cancer Discovery describes how researchers have created new decoy drugs that can intercept the deceptive growth signals that cancer cells send out.

Women With MRI Abnormality Nine Times More Likely to Get Breast Cancer

May 22, 2015 9:11 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Healthy women possessing a certain abnormality on MRIs are nine times more likely to get breast cancer, according to research published in Radiology. The abnormality is called background parenchymal enhancement (BPE), a phenomenon in which areas of normal background breast tissue appear white, or enhanced.

Shining a New Light on the Immune System

May 21, 2015 9:45 am | by University of St. Andrews | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a revolutionary method of identifying cells of the immune system with “molecular fingerprints” which could pave the way for the rapid detection of conditions such as leukemia and lymphoma from a small blood sample.

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