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Thomas Jefferson University Researchers Discover New Pathways that Drive Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Thomas Jefferson University Researchers Discover New Pathways that Drive Metastatic Prostate Cancer | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Elevated levels of Cyclin D1b could function as a novel biomarker of lethal metastatic disease in prostate cancer patients, according to a pre-clinical study published ahead of print on December 21...Read the whole entry... »...

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Common diabetes drug promotes development of brain stem cells | KurzweilAI

Common diabetes drug promotes development of brain stem cells | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Metformin, a drug commonly used to treat Type II diabetes, can help trigger the pathway used to instruct stem cells in the brain to become nerve cells researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have found.

 

Brain stem cells and the neural cells they generate play a role in the repair of the injured or degenerating brain. This study suggests a novel therapeutic approach to treating people with brain injuries or potentially even neurodegenerative diseases.

 

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First Stem Cell-Based Therapy Gets Approved – In Canada | Singularity Hub

First Stem Cell-Based Therapy Gets Approved – In Canada | Singularity Hub | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A medical treatment that uses stem cells derived from bone marrow has just been approved in Canada.

 

The drug, Prochymal, has already been used to treat children for a type of immune disease arising during bone marrow transplantation.

 

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Biologists engineer algae to make complex anti-cancer ‘designer’ drug | KurzweilAI

Biologists engineer algae to make complex anti-cancer ‘designer’ drug | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Biologists at UC San Diego have succeeded in genetically engineering algae to produce a complex and expensive human therapeutic drug used to treat cancer.

Their achievement opens the door for making these and other “designer” proteins in larger quantities and much more cheaply than can now be made from mammalian cells.
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In treatment for leukemia, glimpses of the future | KurzweilAI

In treatment for leukemia, glimpses of the future | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Medical researchers expect that with whole genome sequencing, treatment will be tailored to an individual tumor’s mutations, with drugs, eventually, that hit several key aberrant genes at once.

 

What is important, the researchers say, is the genes that drive a cancer, not the tissue or organ — liver or brain, bone marrow, blood or colon — where the cancer originates.

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