The most beautiful bacteria you’ll ever see

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Synthetic biologist Tal Danino manipulates microorganisms in his lab to create eye-catching, colourful patterns. Here’s a look at the process he uses to turn “Oh, yuck” into “Oh, wow.” Synthetic biologist Tal Danino washes his hands constantly, one of the occupational hazards of working with bacteria all day at the Synthetic Biological Systems Lab, which […]

Legions of nanorobots target cancerous tumors with precision

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Administering anti-cancer drugs redefined Researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University have just achieved a spectacular breakthrough in cancer research. They have developed new nanorobotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to administer a drug with precision by specifically targeting the active cancerous cells of tumours. This way of injecting medication […]

Scientists engineer therapeutic system with two arms to get better hold on cancer target

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Scientists have engineered a sort of biological barbell that can get inside cancer cells and do damage to two proteins that work independently and together to enable cancer’s survival and spread. Their therapeutic strategy includes a molecule on either end called an aptamer that targets, in this case, prostate cancer. Sandwiched in between are two […]

Patch delivers drug, gene, and light-based therapy to tumor sites

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In mice, device destroyed colorectal tumors and prevented remission after surgery Approximately one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime, making it the third-most prevalent form of the disease in the U.S. In Europe, it is the second-most common form of cancer. The most widely used first line of treatment is surgery, […]

Simple Method Developed to Characterize Immune Cells in Tumors

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Despite recent achievements in the development of cancer immunotherapies, only a small group of patients typically respond to them. Predictive markers of disease course and response to immunotherapy are urgently needed. To address this need, researchers at The Tisch Cancer Institute (TCI) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have developed a new […]

Scientists just discovered we’ve been looking at cancer growth all wrong

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A new study has found evidence that brain tumours use fat as their preferred source of energy, bringing into question the decades-long assumption that sugar is their main fuel source. If confirmed, this could fundamentally change the we treat cancer in the future, because until very recently, scientists have been focussing their efforts on ways […]

‘Civil war’ in immune system can fight disease

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The immune system can be trained to attack itself to reverse a devastating autoimmune disease, in animal studies. A T-cell (orange) on the attack, Credit: SPL US researchers treated Pemphigus vulgaris in mice by instigating civil war within the immune system, and say the approach could work in people. Experts said the treatment, published in […]

Novel insight into metastasis could offer new treatments

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Researchers from the United Kingdom may have made a breakthrough in cancer treatment, after discovering an unusual mechanism by which cancer cells spread and survive in the body. In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers reveal how two molecules join forces to help cancer cells survive as they metastasize. Researchers have uncovered a new […]

Cancer-preventing protein finds its own way in our DNA

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Geneticists from KU Leuven, Belgium, have shown that tumour protein TP53 knows exactly where to bind to our DNA to prevent cancer. Once bound to this specific DNA sequence, the protein can activate the right genes to repair damaged cells. Researchers from KU Leuven, Belgium, have shown that the protein TP53 knows exactly where to […]

Back to Basics: Aspirin as second-line cancer treatment

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Today, scientific advancements in cancer research seem to teeter on the edge of futuristic science fiction. Genetically engineered viruses, proton therapy, vaccines that coat cancer in RNA, and liquid biopsy technology are quickly establishing themselves as regulars in mainstream scientific journals. In the midst of this incredible, ground-breaking work, a team of researchers at the […]

Novel blood test could diagnose diseases with no known antigens

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It may one day be possible to identify cancer, autoimmune diseases, and a wealth of other conditions from a single drop of blood, after a team from the University of Pittsburgh reveals the creation of a test that holds promise for such a feat. Researchers have created a blood test that they say could diagnose […]

Stents may help bowel cancer patients

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Bowel cancer patients may avoid the need for colostomy bags if they are first treated by having an expandable tube inserted at the site of their blockage, cancer doctors have said. Credit: SPL The new approach, presented at the world’s biggest cancer conference, showed that the tube, or stent, cut the risk of complications from surgery. […]

Scientists have performed the first trials of a ‘universal cancer vaccine’

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Scientists just took a big, “very positive” step towards developing what could be the first ‘universal cancer vaccine’. Credit: Cancer Research UK via Henry Scowcroft/YouTube The results from early trials in humans, along with research in mice, have just been published, and they suggest that the new technique could be used to activate patients’ immune […]

MRIs, CTs, X-rays and Ultrasound scans – how do they work and what do they tell us?

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If you’ve ever been pregnant, broken a bone or had a bad concussion – you’ve more than likely had to have one of 4 possible scans. These are known as an MRI scan, a CT scan, an X-ray or an Ultrasound scan. But what do these scans do? How do they work? What do they […]

Nanoscale Trojan horses treat inflammation

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Nanosized Trojan horses created from a patient’s own immune cells have successfully treated inflammation by overcoming the body’s complex defense mechanisms, perhaps leading to broader applications for treating diseases characterized by inflammation, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Process of extracting proteolipid material, protein enrichment, and vesicular formulation of leukosomes. Credit: Houston Methodist An international […]

3-D Hydrogel Biochips Help Detect Bowel Cancer

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Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology (EIMB RAS), the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry (IBCh) and a number of other Russian research centers have developed a new method of diagnosing colorectal cancer. The results of the study have been published in Cancer Medicine. Researchers from a […]

Fighting cancer with the help of someone else’s immune cells

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A new step in cancer immunotherapy: researchers from the Netherlands Cancer Institute and University of Oslo/Oslo University Hospital show that even if one’s own immune cells cannot recognize and fight their tumors, someone else’s immune cells might. Their proof of principle study is published in the journal Science on May 19th. A human T-cell, Credit: NIH […]

Cancer Cells Hijack the Body’s Internal Clocks, Study Finds

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Cancer patients rare die directly from their tumors. Anyone who’s lost a friend or loved one knows the disease usually wastes away the body. Often, at the end stages, food just doesn’t seem to stick. Now a new study may help explain how and why this happens. Tumor cells disrupt the body’s circadian clocks, interfering […]

Breast cancer: Scientists hail ‘milestone’ genetic find

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Scientists say they now have a near-perfect picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer. Credit: SPL The study, published in Nature, has been described as a “milestone” moment that could help unlock new ways of treating and preventing the disease. The largest study of its kind unpicked practically all the errors that cause […]

The health hazards of space travel

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Space tourism? Why not? See the world as you have never seen it before. With at least 700 people signed up for commercial trips, and scientists figuring out how we can live on Mars, the impossible is becoming real. Are there hazards? Of course. As one researcher puts it: “Space is an unforgiving environment that […]

Heart Cancers Are So Extremely Rare It’s As If They Didn’t Exist

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Food for thought: there are cancers of the brain, blood, lymph nodes, lungs, bone, and every other bodily organ, part, or system imaginable. Why, then, do we never hear about heartcancer — could it be our hearts, long symbolized as the root of loving emotion, are somehow immune to the dreaded disease? Unfortunately, the reason […]

Pancreatic cancer: implantable chemo device may slow, shrink tumors

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Researchers have developed a small, implantable device for delivering chemotherapy drugs directly to pancreatic tumors. Tests in mice showed it was up to 12 times more effective than giving the drugs intravenously, which is how most patients receive them. The researchers describe how they developed and tested their innovation in a paper published in the […]

Nanoparticle Generator Slips Chemotherapy Past Tumor Cells’ Protective Barriers

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Researchers have developed and tested a new injectable nanoparticle-generating technology that can deliver doxorubicin (Adriamycin®), a commonly used chemotherapy drug, straight to the nucleus of metastatic breast cancer cells with high effectiveness. Red blood cells (blue arrow) adjacent to an iNPG-pDox nanoparticle (red arrow) that is attached to a tumor microvessel. Credit: Haifa Shen, Ph.D., Houston Methodist […]

Silicon ‘nano-balls’ have wiped out metastatic breast cancer in mice

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Human trials could start as early as 2017. Despite all our advances in cancer research, our best strategy of fighting the disease is still brute force, with only a fraction of the drugs administered actually reaching the tumour cells, and most being absorbed into healthy tissue. When cancer spreads, the likelihood of medication reaching it […]

Virtual Reality

British patient to undergo world’s first virtual reality cancer operation

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Patient is said to be “excited” about the prospect of having his operation watched by thousands of people across the globe Dr Shafi Ahmed, consultant surgeon at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Dr Ahmed has championed virtual reality technology in surgery Photo Credit: Medical Realities /PA Wire A British cancer patient is set to have his operation live streamed […]

Tumors contain the seeds of their own destruction

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Scientists have made a groundbreaking discovery in understanding how the genetic complexity of tumors can be recognized and exploited by the immune system, even when the disease is at its most advanced stages. As a tumour develops, the diversity of its genetic faults can be flagged on the cancer cell surface, as unique mutations appear […]

CVS

Supercomputer copies whole-body blood flow

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A new supercomputer simulation of blood moving around the entire human body compares extremely well with real-world flow measurements, researchers say. Randles Lab, Duke University, The simulation includes every artery more than 1mm in diameter The software uses a 3D representation of every artery that is 1mm across or wider, scanned from a single person. Its […]

Tumours shrunk ‘dramatically’ in 11 days

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A pair of drugs can dramatically shrink and eliminate some breast cancers in just 11 days, UK doctors have shown. They said the “surprise” findings, reported at the European Breast Cancer Conference, could mean some women no longer need chemotherapy. The drugs, tested on 257 women, target a specific weakness found in one-in-ten breast cancers. […]

There’s a new approach to fighting cancer: keeping cancer cells alive

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While conventional cancer chemotherapy involves administering the maximum tolerated dose of medication to the patient in the hope of destroying as many cancer cells as possible, a less aggressive approach to fighting the disease could offer improved outcomes, according to a new study. Researchers in the US have developed a new approach to fighting cancerous […]

New Cancer Therapy Could Give Hope To ‘Incurable’ Patients

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This could be the future of cancer treatment. A new experimental treatment has achieved what chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants have failed to do: put chronic, relapsing blood cancers into remission. What’s more, it uses the body’s own natural defense system to attack these cancerous growths. The treatment involves T cells, a type of immune cell […]

Could ‘barring exit from blood vessels’ stop breast cancer spread?

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Researchers have discovered a protein that controls whether migrating breast cancer cells are allowed to push their way through the walls of blood vessels and continue their deadly journey to establish new tumors in other parts of the body. The researchers identified a protein that plays an important role in controlling the spread of breast […]

New Pressure Sensor Could Help Detect Breast Tumors One Day

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A new transparent, bendable pressure sensor could be incorporated into a pair of latex gloves and one day help doctors check women for breast cancer, without requiring X-rays, researchers say. Doctors often touch and feel patients’ bodies, applying small amounts of pressure with their hands, when assessing patients’health. For instance, any hard spots or lumps may be […]

Cancer riddle solved: How cancer cells form tumors

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Using real-time recording of cellular movement, biologists have discovered how tumors form. Cancer cells extend cables and grab other cells. As little as five percent cancerous cells are needed for tumor formation, they suggest, stating that their findings could lead to more precise cancer testing. Cancerous cells “recruit” cells into tumors by extending a bridge […]

Combining nanomedicine with two anticancer treatments could improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients

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A nanoparticle drug-delivery system that combines two complementary types of anticancer treatment could improve outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer and other highly treatment-resistant tumors while decreasing toxicity. In their report that has received advance online publication in Nature Nanotechnology, a research team based at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) […]

Ovarian cancer with BRCA1 mutation may be treatable with arthritis drug

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Auranofin – a gold-containing drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis – could potentially improve the prognosis for ovarian cancer patients with a faulty BRCA1 gene, according to new lab research. The study found treatment with auranofin reduced survival of ovarian cancer cells with faulty BRCA1 genes. The study – by researchers at the University of […]

Cancer drug discovery gets a boost from large 3D database

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The addition of 3D enhancements to the world’s biggest database for cancer research and drug discovery should be a huge boost to researchers looking for more effective ways to develop new cancer treatments. Thus conclude researchers who have completed major updates to canSAR, a vast, publicly available cancer database that draws on knowledge from fields […]

Grand Challenge one: can we develop a jab to prevent cancer?

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Can we develop vaccines to prevent cancers that aren’t caused by viruses? Many of us will be familiar with the idea of vaccines – one of the greatest advances in medicine – which trigger our immune systems to recognise and attack infectious diseases. Vaccines remain the only medical advance to have ever fully eradicated a […]