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Determining if tumor gene testing can select efficacious precision cancer treatment

October 24th, 2020 at 12:29 am » Comments Off

NCI-MATCH is a precision medicine cancer trial that seeks to determine whether matching certain drugs or drug combinations in adults whose tumors have specific gene abnormalities will effectively treat their cancer, regardless of their cancer type. Such discoveries could be eligible to move on to larger, more definitive trials. The trial is led by the […]



Researchers create hand-held device for patients to read levels of cancer biomarker in their own blood

October 18th, 2020 at 5:13 pm » Comments Off

Newswise: Researchers create hand-held device for patients to read levels of cancer biomarker in their own blood Newswise — HAMILTON, ON, Oct. 8, 2020 — Researchers at McMaster and Brock universities have created the prototype for a hand-held device to measure a biomarker for cancer, paving the way for home-based cancer monitoring and to improve […]



Biochip innovation combines AI and nanoparticles to analyze tumors

October 16th, 2020 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Electrical engineers, computer scientists and biomedical engineers at the University of California, Irvine have created a new lab-on-a-chip that can help study tumor heterogeneity to reduce resistance to cancer therapies. In a paper published today in Advanced Biosystems, the researchers describe how they combined artificial intelligence, microfluidics and nanoparticle inkjet printing in a device that […]



New cancer vaccine ready for human trials

July 18th, 2020 at 2:45 am » Comments Off

Scientists are ready to trial a new cancer vaccine in humans following the successful outcome of their preclinical studies. The new vaccine was developed by a Mater Research team based at The Translational Research Institute in collaboration with The University of Queensland. Lead Researcher Associate Professor Kristen Radford says the vaccine has the potential to […]



Study demonstrates feasibility of hologram technology in liver tumor ablation

July 2nd, 2020 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

Data from one of the first clinical uses of augmented reality guidance with electromagnetically tracked tools shows that the technology may help doctors quickly, safely, and accurately deliver targeted liver cancer treatments, according to a research abstract presented during a virtual session of the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting on June 14. […]



New technology enables fast protein synthesis

June 10th, 2020 at 1:44 pm » Comments Off

MIT chemists have developed a protocol to rapidly produce protein chains up to 164 amino acids long. The flow-based technology could speed up drug development and allow scientists to design novel protein variants incorporating amino acids that don’t occur naturally in cells. The automatic tabletop machine, pictured here, is nicknamed the “Amidator” by the research […]



Cancer study stumbles onto potential way to regenerate heart cells

May 3rd, 2020 at 12:55 pm » Comments Off

New research could lead to a gene therapy treatment for heart disease  Unfortunately for heart attack patients, heart cells don’t naturally replenish, so this vital organ stays permanently damaged. But now, Cambridge researchers have stumbled onto a gene that appears to trigger heart cell regeneration – and they did so by accident, while researching cancer […]



No, the coronavirus is not the leading cause of death in the US, CDC says

April 27th, 2020 at 12:14 pm » Comments Off

US coronavirus deaths pass 14,000, but future projections are better than expected (CNN)Even though the coronavirus pandemic continues to take lives across the United States, Covid-19 has not become the leading cause of death in the nation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed to CNN. “There are no data to support that theory,” […]



Potentially the biggest medical breakthrough since penicillin

April 19th, 2020 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

“Immunotherapy is the biggest breakthrough in medicine in our generation”: Associate Professor Alex Menzies from Melanoma Institute Australia. If there is reason to have faith in the scientists, immunologists, virologists and oncologists racing to develop a vaccine for coronavirus, it is the stunning progress they are having in reducing deaths from what is called “Australia’s […]



93% of cancer patients respond to souped-up-immune cells

April 17th, 2020 at 12:42 pm » Comments Off

In a new study of CAR T-cell therapy for cancer, 93% of patients responded to the treatment.  Two physicians had major roles in a cutting-edge clinical trial using the body’s own immune cells to fight late-stage cancer, one as a researcher and one as a patient. Senior author Patrick Reagan, an assistant professor of hematology/oncology […]



Universal cancer blood test detects and locates 50 types of tumors

April 10th, 2020 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

A new universal cancer blood test can spot over 50 types of tumors and identify where they are in the body  Cancer is one of humanity’s leading killers, and the main reason for that is it’s often hard to detect until it’s too late. But that might be about to change. Researchers have developed a […]



Crumpled graphene makes ultra-sensitive cancer DNA detector

April 3rd, 2020 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

Graphene-based biosensors could usher in an era of liquid biopsy, detecting DNA cancer markers circulating in a patient’s blood or serum. But current designs need a lot of DNA. In a new study, crumpling graphene makes it more than ten thousand times more sensitive to DNA by creating electrical “hot spots,” researchers at the University […]



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