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8/11/2022
Due to their voracious appetite for food crops, locusts are not usually thought of as helpful, That could change. Work done at Michigan State University has shown that locusts are able to tell the difference between normal and cancer cells. Not only that, but they can tell the difference between… more
8/1/2022
The P53 protein is known to prevent cancer. It is one of the best known and frequently studied cancer genes. So it may come as a surprise that when the P53 gene is too active, it can cause cancer. In mice, activating P53 for a long time led to inflammation and conditions that favor the development… more
7/29/2022
Does it matter to cancer whether it's day or night? The answer seems to be 'yes'. Scientists have known that the cells in plants and animals go through periods of high and low activity. These patterns are called circadian rhythms. The impact of circadian rhythms on the spread of cancer was… more
7/14/2022
A small cancer clinical trial gave historical results. Every patient in the trial had a complete remission of their rectal cancer. The 12 patients received a treatment, dostarlimab,  every three weeks for six months. The treatment is designed to activate the patient's own immune system to fight… more
5/26/2022
Viruses are generally thought of as disease-causing villians. This is particularly true because of the COVID pandemic - caused by a virus. For some cancer patients, that view is hopefully going to change. Using viruses to kill cancer is an old idea, but a new clinical trial will test a modern… more
5/11/2022
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, with millions of cases per year in the U.S. alone. About one in five people in the U.S. will get skin cancer during their lifetime. These cancers are often diagnosed by removal of small amounts of skin from suspected cancers (biopsies). MOST biopsies… more
4/27/2022
Nine in ten cancer deaths are linked to the spread (metastasis) of cancer from its original location to other parts of the body. HOW and WHY cancer cells move is a huge question. Some recent advances are shedding light on this mysterious, but deadly process. When treated with drugs or other… more
3/7/2022
Tasmanian devils are known as ferocious predators. Maybe too ferocious!  Devils are threatened with extinction by a very unusual cancer, devil facial tumor disease (DFTD). Unlike almost all other cancers, DFTD spreads from animal to animal - it is transmitted when they fight and bite each other.… more
3/7/2022
Researchers have joined an immune-boosting agent (CpG) and a tumor-targeting chemical (PIP) together to create a novel drug (PIP-CpG) to fight cancer. When injected directly into tumors or into animals with cancer, the PIP part of the chemical causes it to target cancer cells and the CpG part… more
1/5/2022
Natural killer (NK) cells are an amazing part of the human immune system and have the potential to kill breast tumor cells. However, NK cells need a trigger for them to do so. Dr. Wei and his team from Clemson University came up with the idea of using a bifunctional protein to bridge the NK cells… more
12/15/2021
Why does cancer kill? That is a surprisingly hard question to answer. When cancer spreads (metastasizes), the affected organs may not work as well, but that does not provide the whole answer. Work with tiny fruit flies may be helping to provide some answers to this question and also providing ways… more
12/13/2021
Can cancer cells, or any cells, taste things? Not the way we do, but cells have proteins on their surface that act like antennas. These proteins (called receptors) receive signals from outside the cell and can cause the cells to change what it's doing. New research results provide some interesting… more
11/8/2021
Cancer affects everyone, but not equally. There are many reasons for the differences seen in the numbers, kinds and outcomes of cancers in different groups of people. Some of the differences can be eliminated by taking an active role in preventing cancer and detecting it early. It is also important… more
11/1/2021
Cancer develops when important genes become damaged. The targeted genes usually control things like whether or not a cell will reproduce, live or die. Those genes that normally provide a 'go' signal are called proto-oncogenes and those that act as 'stop' signals are called tumor suppressors. New… more
9/1/2021
The White House has released a proclamation designating September National Ovarian Cancer month. Ovarian cancer is relatively rare, but because it has few early warning signs, it is often lethal. The American Cancer Society estimates that almost 14,000 women will die from ovarian cancer in the U.S… more
8/10/2021
How can a rare gecko help us understand human skin cancer? It turns out that geckos get cancer too, and these particular geckos get a kind of skin cancer that's similar to some found in human. Lemon Frost leopard geckos are new. The breed arose from a rare genetic event (mutation) that causes the… more
8/6/2021
Cancer researchers have many ways to study the biology of cancer and to find and test possible treatments. Examples include growing cancer cells grown in dishes, implanting cancer in animals and even creating three dimensional balls of human tissue known as organoids or tumoroids. However, the… more
7/2/2021
Have you ever taken “Omega-3 fish oil” supplements? Fatty acids are essential for humans. For example, one type of omega-3 fatty acid called DHA (short for docosahexaenoic acid) helps make up body structures, including the brain and the eye. A team of researchers at the University of Louvain… more
6/21/2021
Cancer patients may wonder if their disease or ongoing treatments may change how well the COVID-19 vaccine works and their body’s response to the vaccine. A study done in Israel helps to answer that question. The research included 102 patients with a mixture of cancer types and ongoing treatments… more
5/20/2021
Our immune system is able to recognize and attack cancer. In fact, many cancers are recognized and eliminated before they become large enough to pose a problem. One thing that slows down the attack is the tangled and dense network of cable-like fibers surrounding cancer cells in tumors. It is… more