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2011-09-12 05:15:06

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Scientists have found a new way to heighten or restore the potency of a widely-used cancer drug. The drug cetuximab is an antibody that interferes with cancer cell growth by blocking a structure known as the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). The drug is often effective for patients with colorectal cancer and squamous cell cancer of the head and neck, but the benefits typically do no last longer than one year. Some patients do not benefit from the drug at all....

2011-09-07 19:57:00

Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and colleagues overseas have discovered a pair of backup circuits in cancer cells that enable the cells to dodge the effect of a widely used cancer drug. Jamming those circuits with targeted therapies may heighten or restore the drug's potency, according to a study published in the Sept. 7 issue of Science Translational Medicine. The research focused on the drug cetuximab, an antibody that interferes with cancer cell growth by blocking a structure...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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