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A Tumor With A Sweet Tooth: Innovative MRI Technique Uses Sugar To Track Cancer

A Tumor With A Sweet Tooth: Innovative MRI Technique Uses Sugar To Track Cancer | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
Scientists at University College London use sugar to make cancer light up on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners.
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"We can detect cancer using the same sugar content found in half a standard sized chocolate bar," said senior author Professor Mark Lythgoe, the Director of Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging at University College London. His team's work was published today in Nature Medicine.

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Lists of cancer mutations awash with false positives

Lists of cancer mutations awash with false positives | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
But researchers show artefacts can be reduced by taking differing rates of mutation into account.
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Tumour cells, such as these from a lung cancer, are riddled with genetic mutations, but many of those are caused by the cancer rather than being involved in causing the disease.

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Gold Nanoparticles Uncover Ovarian Cancer Genetics

Gold Nanoparticles Uncover Ovarian Cancer Genetics | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
Researchers have found the mechanism ovarian cancer cells use to avoid toxicity from gold nanoparticles, and have devised a way to get around it.
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Positively charged gold nanoparticles could be used as a targeted therapy for cancer.

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Enhancing RNA interference

Enhancing RNA interference | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
Nanoparticles that deliver short strands of RNA offer a way to treat cancer and other diseases by shutting off malfunctioning genes.
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Helping RNA escape from cells’ recycling process could make it easier to shut off disease-causing genes. Nanoparticles that deliver short strands of RNA offer a way to treat cancer and other diseases by shutting off malfunctioning genes. Although this approach has shown some promise, scientists are still not sure exactly what happens to the nanoparticles once they get inside their target cells.

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Antibody wakes up T-cells to make cancer vanish

Antibody wakes up T-cells to make cancer vanish | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
New antibody treatment halts the most deadly form of skin cancer in its tracks by prodding the immune system into action    
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Tumours in several people with an advanced form of skin cancer have completely disappeared after treatment with one of three drugs that force tumour cells out of hiding. The patient's own immune system can then recognise the cancer and destroy it.

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News Centre - Fighting cancer

News Centre - Fighting cancer | Biosciencia News | Scoop.it
The Immunocore team engineered a range of TCRs to bind very tightly to cancer cells and equipped them with the ability to activate non-cancer specific T cells.
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Published in Nature Medicine, the study examined the potential of molecules on the surface of anti-cancer killer T cells, known as T cell receptors (TCRs) to be used to treat cancers for which few disease-specific targets are available.

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