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Uncovering Genetic Trigger for Immune Response

February 3, 2015 1:06 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

The thousands of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) molecules present in each cell are known primarily for their role converting food and oxygen into energy. But Yale researchers have identified an unexpected relationship between mtDNA and the innate immune response.

President Obama Reveals Details About Precision Medicine Project

February 1, 2015 6:45 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

President Obama held a press conference revealing new details surrounding the Precision Medicine initiative he announced during the State of The Union.                               

Inside Google's Secretive Life Sciences Lab

January 29, 2015 4:11 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

This is the first official look at the life sciences division of Google X.                               

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New Method for Identifying Most Aggressive Childhood Cancers

January 28, 2015 3:14 pm | by Lund University | News | Comments

A group of researchers has found a new way to identify the most malignant tumors in children.                            

Improving on Pancreatitis Treatment

January 28, 2015 2:52 pm | by Sharon Tregaskis, Columbia University | News | Comments

For people with pancreatitis, a noncancerous inflammation of the tiny ducts in the 6-inch organ, the discomfort can be devastating.                      

Researchers Design Tailored Tissue Adhesives

January 28, 2015 2:47 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

After undergoing surgery to remove diseased sections of the colon, up to 30 percent of patients experience leakage from their sutures, which can cause life-threatening complications.             

Biology, Driven by Data

January 28, 2015 10:00 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Cells are incredibly complicated machines with thousands of interacting parts — and disruptions to any of those interactions can cause disease.                                     

A New Way to Test Brain Tumor Drugs

January 22, 2015 3:52 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

An Arizona hospital is testing medicines very early in development and never tried on brain tumors before.                         

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Vitamin D Protects Against Colorectal Cancer

January 16, 2015 2:03 pm | by Dana Farber Cancer Institute | News | Comments

A new study demonstrates that vitamin D can protect some people with colorectal cancer by perking up the immune system’s vigilance against tumor cells.                   

3D Culture System Could Change Therapeutic Approaches

January 16, 2015 11:09 am | by CSHL | News | Comments

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer, with only 6 percent of patients surviving five years after diagnosis. Today, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and The Lustgarten Foundation jointly announce the development of a new model system to grow both normal and cancerous pancreatic cells in the laboratory.

Scientists Find How Many Cancers May Evade Treatment

January 16, 2015 10:54 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

The drugs were designed to keep cancer cells at bay by preventing their growth, survival and spread. Yet, after clinical trials, they left scientists scratching their heads and drug developers watching their investments succumb to cancer’s latest triumph.

Studying Fetal Liver Fibrogenesis

January 14, 2015 4:07 pm | by Sarah Plumridge, Northwestern University | News | Comments

Fibrosis is a constant feature of all chronic liver diseases.                                 

Scientists Create Device for Extracting Tumor Cells from Blood

January 13, 2015 3:13 pm | by UCLA | News | Comments

When 2 milliliters of blood are run through the chip, the tumor cells stick to the nanowires like Velcro.                          

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Genome Sequencing of 200-Year-Old Whales May Help Humans Fight Disease

January 13, 2015 9:07 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

For the first time, the genome of a mammal longer-lived than man has been sequenced: the bowhead whale, who lives 200-plus years, and gets far less cancer given its size.                                       

Hacking Fat Cells' Metabolism Does Not Affect Insulin Resistance

January 12, 2015 9:26 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

In the race to find a safe and effective weight loss drug, much attention has focused on the chemical processes that store and use energy.                     

Tracing Cancer Back to Its Origins

January 12, 2015 9:23 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

The fingers of papillary tumors often grow back after surgery, but flat carcinoma in situ cancers are typically more aggressive and more likely to spread.                  

Radiation, Hormone Therapy Prolong Survival for Older Men With Prostate Cancer

January 7, 2015 4:30 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Adding radiation treatment to hormone therapy saves more lives among older men with locally advanced prostate therapy than hormone therapy alone.                   

Researchers Study Potential Blood Test for Prostate Cancer

January 5, 2015 4:11 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Vanderbilt University researcher William Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues in Germany and Canada have demonstrated a method for detecting “cell-free” tumor DNA in the bloodstream.                            

Technology Detects Lingering Cancer Cells During Breast Surgery

January 5, 2015 3:57 pm | by NYU | News | Comments

Patients are benefitting from new technology that detects microscopic amounts of cancer cells on removed tumor tissue not visible during or following surgical intervention.               

New Clues Why Older Women Are More Susceptible to Breast Cancer

January 5, 2015 3:48 pm | by Skip Derra, Contributing Writer | Articles | Comments

The idea that breast cancer becomes more prevalent with age is fairly well established, but the reasons why are still uncertain. Now, scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have new insights into why older women are more susceptible to breast cancer.

A Fascinating Year in Breast Cancer Advances

January 5, 2015 8:50 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Some of the most important advances in breast cancer this year were related to all kinds of heterogeneity: within tumors, between tumors in a single patient, and between tumors in early and later stages, according to oncologists speaking at conferences, and contacted by Bioscience Technology.

Targeting the Cell's 'Biological Clock' in Promising New Cancer Therapy

January 2, 2015 9:22 am | News | Comments

Cell biologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have targeted telomeres with a small molecule called 6-thiodG that takes advantage of the cell’s “biological clock” to kill cancer cells and shrink tumor growth.                                  

Bad Luck Plays Predominant Role in Cancer: Study

January 2, 2015 9:14 am | News | Comments

Scientists from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have created a statistical model that measures the proportion of cancer incidence, across many tissue types, caused mainly by random mutations that occur when stem cells divide. 

Reprogramming Stem Cells May Prevent Cancer After Radiation

December 30, 2014 2:46 pm | by Garth Sundem, University of Colorado | News | Comments

The body has evolved ways to get rid of faulty stem cells.                                  

Scientists Zero in on How Lung Cancer Spreads

December 26, 2014 10:09 am | by Cancer Research UK | News | Comments

Cancer Research UK scientists have taken microscopic images revealing that the protein ties tethering cells together are severed in lung cancer cells - meaning they can break loose and spread, according to research published in Cell Reports.  

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