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New Drug Combination Delays Breast Cancer Progression

December 10, 2014

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New Drug Combination Delays Cancer Progression

Research presented at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium reveals that a new drug combination for advanced breast cancer delays disease progression. A new combination of cancer drugs delayed disease progression for patients with hormone-receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer, according to a multi-center phase II trial. The findings of the randomized study (S6-03) were presented […]

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Injectable, Spontaneously Assembling Vaccines Could Fight Cancer

December 9, 2014

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New Injectable 3D Vaccines Could Fight Cancer

A newly published study from the Wyss Institute and Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences shows that programmable biomaterials can be delivered using needle injection to induce an immune response to fight cancer and infectious diseases. Cambridge, Massachusetts — One of the reasons cancer is so deadly is that it can evade attack from […]

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Researchers Uncover an Easily Detectable Precancerous State in Blood

December 4, 2014

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Researchers Uncovered a Detectable Precancerous State in Blood

Two newly published studies detail the discovery of a precancerous state found in blood, paving the way for research that focuses on detection and prevention of blood cancers. Researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), and Harvard-affiliated hospitals have uncovered an easily detectable, “premalignant” […]

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Yale Researchers Develop Method to Attack Cancer at Its Source

November 18, 2014

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Yale Develops Method to Attack Cancer at Its Genetic Source

A team of researchers at Yale University has developed a therapeutic molecule that both targets the acidic microenvironments of tumors and penetrates cells to deliver a therapeutic cargo. MicroRNAs may be tiny — as few as 20 genetic letters, compared to 3 billion in the DNA of a human — but they play a major […]

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Scientists Come Together to Reveal Cancer’s Strategies

November 5, 2014

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Scientists Come Together to Reveal Cancer’s Strategies

In a new study, a group of scientists detail how they fused the power of statistical physics and artificial intelligence into a mathematical toolkit that can turn cancer-mutation data into multidimensional models that show how specific mutations alter the social networks of proteins in cells. While this may sound like the setup to some late-night […]

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Targeted Chemotherapy Delivery Could Kill Tumor Cells More Effectively

October 28, 2014

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New Approach Could Kill Tumor Cells in the Brain More Effectively

New research shows that delivering chemotherapy directly into the brain cavity may kill tumor cells in the brain more effectively and avoid side effects. Every year, about 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with brain tumors that have spread from elsewhere in the body. These tumors, known as metastases, are usually treated with surgery followed by chemotherapy, […]

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Scientists Discover Protein That Can Accelerate Recovery

October 22, 2014

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Scientists Discover Protein That Can Accelerate Cancer Recovery

New research from UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center reveals how a unique protein found in human bone marrow can drive stem cells to repair our blood system after an injury, providing a roadmap that could help scientists make existing radiation and chemotherapy treatments more effective for people with cancer and other blood-related diseases. Led by […]

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Certain Peptides Exposed to UV Radiation Transition to More Reactive Triplet Quantum States

October 21, 2014

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Peptides Exposed to UV Radiation Transition to More Reactive Triplet Quantum States

New research shows that certain peptides degrade under UV light by first passing through a triplet quantum state, a reactive arrangement that can cause greater damage than fragmentation alone. The most obvious effects of too much sun exposure are cosmetic, like wrinkled and rough skin. Some damage, however, goes deeper—ultraviolet light can damage DNA and […]

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Biologist Reveal Boost in Certain Amino Acids is an Early Sign of Cancer

September 29, 2014

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Research Shows Boost in Certain Amino Acids is Sign of Early Cancer

Based on an analysis of blood samples from 1,500 people participating in long-term health studies, biologists found that people with a surge in amino acids known as branched chain amino acids were far more likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer within one to 10 years. Years before they show any other signs of disease, […]

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MIT Chemists Use Modified Anthrax Toxin to Deliver Cancer Drugs

September 25, 2014

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MIT Chemists Use Anthrax to Deliver Cancer Drugs

In a newly published study, researchers from MIT show that a modified version of the anthrax toxin can be used to deliver antibody drugs to kill cancer cells. Bacillus anthracis bacteria have very efficient machinery for injecting toxic proteins into cells, leading to the potentially deadly infection known as anthrax. A team of MIT researchers […]

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New Two-Step Strategy for Weakening Cancer

September 23, 2014

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New Study Reveals Two-Step Strategy for Weakening Cancer

Researchers from Rice University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reveal a new two-step strategy for weakening cancer. Research by Rice University scientists who are fighting a cyberwar against cancer finds that the immune system may be a clinician’s most powerful ally. “Recent research has found that cancer is already adept at […]

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New Acoustic Device Separates Tumor Cells from Blood Cells

August 26, 2014

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Researchers Develop New Way to Separate Cells by Exposing Them to Sound Waves

A team of engineers has developed a new acoustic device that separates tumor cells from blood cells, helping doctors predict whether a tumor is going to spread. Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through […]

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Research Reveals How Tumor Cells Move Throughout the Body

August 19, 2014

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How Tumor Cells Transition to Invasion

Using a microscopic obstacle course, researchers at Brown University observe cancer cells directly as they break away from a tumor mass and move. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Using a microengineered device that acts as an obstacle course for cells, researchers have shed new light on a cellular metamorphosis thought to play a role […]

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Engineers Develop New Method to Detect Epigenetic Modifications

August 15, 2014

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Identifying Epigenetic Markers Reveals Tumor Weaknesses

Chemical engineers from MIT have developed a new method to detect epigenetic modifications, which could offer a new way to choose the best treatment for individual patients. Scientists have known for decades that cancer can be caused by genetic mutations, but more recently they have discovered that chemical modifications of a gene can also contribute […]

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Neurologists Discover New Method to Fight Glioblastomas

August 14, 2014

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Researchers Discover Weakness in Glioblastoma Defenses

By targeting a protein crucial in the early development of the brain, researchers discovered that they can block multiple signaling pathways implicated in glioblastoma growth and have reduced human tumors in mouse models of the disease. Glioblastoma is a complex, deadly, and hard-to-treat brain cancer, but Yale School of Medicine researchers may have found the […]

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