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2014-01-28 12:29:12

Science philanthropist, Jeffrey Epstein and the founder of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University has helped fund pivotal research in how to combat colon cancer and specifically cancer resistance to inhibitor drugs NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Science philanthropist, Jeffrey Epstein and the founder of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University has helped fund pivotal research in how to combat colon cancer and specifically cancer...

2012-07-04 22:45:29

As the Genetics Society of America's Model Organism to Human Biology (MOHB): Cancer Genetics Meeting in Washington, D.C. drew to a close, it was clear that the mantra for drug discovery to treat cancers in the post-genomic era is pathways. Pathways are ordered series of actions that occur as cells move from one state, through a series of intermediate states, to a final action. Because model organisms — fruit flies, roundworms, yeast, zebrafish and others — are related to...

2012-06-13 14:53:48

Targeted cancer cell therapies using man-made proteins dramatically shrink many tumors in the first few months of treatment, but new research from Johns Hopkins scientists finds why the cells all too often become resistant, the treatment stops working, and the disease returns. In a study of 28 advanced colon cancer patients treated with the monoclonal antibody panitumumab, the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center team reports that drug-resistance tumor cell mutations appear in the blood of...

2011-07-20 17:27:41

Johns Hopkins scientists have developed a gene-based test to distinguish harmless from precancerous pancreatic cysts. The test may eventually help some patients avoid needless surgery to remove the harmless variety. A report on the development is published in the July 20 issue of Science Translational Medicine. The investigators estimate that fluid-filled cysts are identified in more than a million patients each year, most of whom have undergone CT or MRI scans to evaluate non-specific...

2010-10-27 20:39:20

Pancreatic tumors are one of the most lethal cancers, with fewer than five percent of patients surviving five years after diagnosis. But a new study that peers deeply into the genetics of pancreatic cancer presents a bit of good news: an opportunity for early diagnosis. In contrast to earlier predictions, many pancreatic tumors are, in fact, slow growing, taking nearly 20 years to become lethal after the first genetic perturbations appear. "There have been two competing theories explaining...

2009-08-07 09:17:00

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have discovered how two cancer-promoting genes enhance a tumor's capacity to grow and survive under conditions where normal cells die.  The knowledge, they say, may offer new treatments that starve cancer cells of a key nutrient - sugar.  However, the scientists caution that research does not suggest that altering dietary sugar will make any difference in the growth and development of cancer."Cancer cells adapt to living within...

2009-06-23 07:30:00

Foundation Expects to Double 2009 Grant Awards to Nearly $4 Million BETHPAGE, N.Y., June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation's largest private supporter of pancreatic cancer research, today announced its first round of 2009 grants, totaling $1.6 million awarded to six leading research centers for early diagnostic tests and better treatment for one of the nation's deadliest cancers. Lustgarten is expected to award nearly $4 million this year, double last...

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2008-09-05 10:01:29

An international team of cancer experts reported Thursday that cancer is much more complicated than previously believed, and have discovered why curing the disease is so difficult once a tumor has spread. The scientists reached their conclusion after examining every gene in tumors from two of the most difficult-to-treat cancers. However, the researchers said they had found a potential new method to treat a common but fatal form of brain cancer, and also may have identified a way to detect...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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