Latest Institute of Cancer Research Stories

2014-07-10 12:16:31

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council A network of signals active in almost all types of cancer sends the protein factories in our cells into overdrive, and may help fuel a tumor's uncontrolled growth, new research suggests. Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, identified a molecular trigger responsible for ratcheting up activity of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) – the cellular factory that makes the building blocks cancer cells need to keep...

2014-06-03 12:27:34

Institute of Cancer Research Around a quarter of smokers who carry a defect in the BRCA2 gene will develop lung cancer at some point in their lifetime, a large-scale, international study reveals. Scientists announce a previously unknown link between lung cancer and a particular BRCA2 defect, occurring in around 2 per cent of the population, in research published in Nature Genetics today (Sunday). The defect in BRCA2 - best known for its role in breast cancer - increases the risk of...

Missing Risk In Cancer Genetics
2014-02-16 05:21:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online If a combination of genetic variants are at least partially responsible for a person’s susceptibility to common diseases, then why has research to look for those genetic causes only successfully explained a fraction of the heritable risk of developing them? That’s the question that the authors of a new PLOS Genetics study set out to answer. The study, which was led by scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR),...

Children In The EU Denied Cancer Treatments Due To Regulations
2014-02-11 14:45:11

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online European Union (EU) regulations are causing children with cancer to go without treatments, according to the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). Leading cancer experts said that EU rules are causing some children with cancer to be denied potentially life-saving drugs because the guidelines only allow companies to trial some drugs only in adults. The experts believe that changes to these rules could allow children access to high...

Genetic Mutation Promotes One Percent Of Cancerous Tumors
2013-12-09 05:28:31

[ Watch the Video: CUX1: Cancer’s Common Ground ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists have located a single gene that is at least partially responsible for the development of one percent of all cancerous tumors, according to new research appearing in the advanced online edition of the journal Nature Genetics. The gene in question is CUX1, and according to the study authors, this is the first time it has been broadly associated with the onset of...

2013-12-02 21:15:20

Scientists have described a new family of proteins that appear to play a key role in cancer and might be targets for future cancer drugs. A major new study in the journal Nature sets out the structure of the new family, called glutamate intramembrane proteases – the founding member of which plays a critical role in transforming healthy cells into cancer cells. The research, funded by Cancer Research UK and conducted by scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, defined...

2013-08-30 12:49:41

Collagen, the stuff of ligaments and skin, and the most abundant protein in the human body, has an extraordinary role in triggering chemical signals that help protect the body from cancer, a new study reveals. Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, have uncovered a series of chemical signals sent out by collagen that appear to protect against cancer's growth. Boosting those signals could act as an effective treatment for cancers that grow in the presence of collagen,...

Genetic Testing Pilot Program To Begin In The UK
2013-05-21 05:15:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As part of a public-private collaboration, a UK-based charitable foundation has announced a pilot program to genetically test patients for breast and ovarian cancer. “Recent advances in methods for reading the genetic code, known as sequencing, mean that looking for gene mutations is now faster and more affordable than ever before,” according to a statement from the Wellcome Trust. “There is now an opportunity to...

Word of the Day
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.