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Scientists identify possible new genes that could change benign skin growths into fatal melanomas

Scientists identify possible new genes that could change benign skin growths into fatal melanomas

A Houston Methodist-led team of international scientists has identified hundreds of possible new genes in mice that could transform benign skin growths into deadly melanomas. [More]
Accuray to highlight CyberKnife, TomoTherapy technologies at ESTRO meeting

Accuray to highlight CyberKnife, TomoTherapy technologies at ESTRO meeting

Accuray Incorporated announced today that the company will highlight new CyberKnife and TomoTherapy technologies at the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology meeting, booth #2100, in Barcelona, Spain, April 24 – 27, 2015. [More]
AMP report provides overview of current research on minimally invasive 'liquid biopsy' approaches

AMP report provides overview of current research on minimally invasive 'liquid biopsy' approaches

The Association for Molecular Pathology, the premier global, non-profit organization serving molecular diagnostic professionals, today published a special article in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics titled, "Do Circulating Tumor Cells, Exosomes, and Circulating Tumor Nucleic Acids Have Clinical Utility?" The report provides a thorough overview of research to-date on the minimally invasive "liquid biopsy" approaches to cancer diagnostics. [More]
ADCs based on alpha-amanatin may help treat colorectal cancer

ADCs based on alpha-amanatin may help treat colorectal cancer

For some time, cancer scientists have considered the toxin, alpha-amanatin derived from "death cap" mushrooms, as a possible cancer treatment. However, due to its penchant for causing liver toxicity, its potential as an effective therapy has been limited. [More]
Purdue University study sheds light on how decitabine drug reverses cell damage

Purdue University study sheds light on how decitabine drug reverses cell damage

A Purdue University study sheds light on how cell damage is reversed by the cancer drug decitabine and identifies a potential biomarker that could indicate a patient's stage of cancer and response to treatment. [More]
ATA guidelines provide recommendations for managing thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer in children

ATA guidelines provide recommendations for managing thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer in children

Previous guidelines from the American Thyroid Association for evaluating and managing thyroid nodules and thyroid cancers targeted adults. Recognizing the potential differences in clinical presentation and long-term outcomes, and the potential risks of overly aggressive therapy in pediatric patients with thyroid cancer, an ATA Task Force developed management guidelines for children with thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC), which are published in Thyroid, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers and the official journal of the American Thyroid Association. [More]
Sysmex Inostics to offer OncoBEAM CLIA laboratory services in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Sysmex Inostics to offer OncoBEAM CLIA laboratory services in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Sysmex Inostics, a subsidiary of Sysmex Corporation, today announced that they have signed an exclusive distributor agreement with IndivuTest GmbH, and its parent company Indivumed GmbH, a cancer research company focused on the development of individualized cancer diagnostics and therapies. [More]
Researchers provide new clues, mechanisms to understand functions of 'rebel' DNA in cancer

Researchers provide new clues, mechanisms to understand functions of 'rebel' DNA in cancer

Genes usually always be expressed as in Western writing: from left to right on the white canvas of our DNA. So when we speak of the activity of our genome, in fact we are referring to the expression of genes in this sense of the double-stranded DNA. [More]
Botanical formula improves effect of tamoxifen drug in ER+ human breast cancer

Botanical formula improves effect of tamoxifen drug in ER+ human breast cancer

Researchers at the Cancer Research Laboratory, Methodist Research Institute, Indiana University Health found that a botanical formula for breast health inhibited the growth of estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) human breast cancer cells. More importantly, the researchers also found that the formula enhanced the anti-cancer benefits of the drug tamoxifen in the treatment of breast cancer. [More]
Honokiol extract holds promise as adjunct treatment for bladder and kidney cancers

Honokiol extract holds promise as adjunct treatment for bladder and kidney cancers

The botanical extract honokiol, a biologically active molecule isolated from the bark of Magnolia spp., holds promise as an adjunct treatment for aggressive bladder and kidney cancers, as reported in two new studies. New research on honokiol in bladder cancer was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2015. [More]
Tumor necrosis factor helps regulate sensitivity to bitter taste

Tumor necrosis factor helps regulate sensitivity to bitter taste

New research from the Monell Center reveals that tumor necrosis factor (TNF), an immune system regulatory protein that promotes inflammation, also helps regulate sensitivity to bitter taste. The finding may provide a mechanism to explain the taste system abnormalities and decreased food intake that can be associated with infections, autoimmune disorders, and chronic inflammatory diseases. [More]
Winners of GSA poster awards announced at Fungal Genetics Conference

Winners of GSA poster awards announced at Fungal Genetics Conference

The Genetics Society of America and the community of fungal geneticists are pleased to announce the winners of the GSA poster awards at the 28th Fungal Genetics Conference, which took place in Pacific Grove, CA, March 17-22, 2015. [More]
Researchers uncover methylated DNA markers that may lead to noninvasive cancer screening

Researchers uncover methylated DNA markers that may lead to noninvasive cancer screening

A team of Mayo Clinic researchers has succeeded in identifying the source of cancer in patients' gastrointestinal tracts by analyzing DNA markers from tumors. The results open the possibility that doctors could one day be able to screen for cancer anywhere in the body with a noninvasive blood test or stool sample. [More]
Astellas, Potenza collaborate to develop immuno-oncology therapeutics for patients with certain cancers

Astellas, Potenza collaborate to develop immuno-oncology therapeutics for patients with certain cancers

Astellas Pharma Inc. and Potenza Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company developing a portfolio of immuno-oncology programs, today announced an exclusive research and development collaboration. [More]
Cantrixil drug granted FDA Orphan Drug Designation for treatment of ovarian cancer

Cantrixil drug granted FDA Orphan Drug Designation for treatment of ovarian cancer

US-Australian drug discovery company, Novogen, today announced that its subsidiary joint venture company with Yale University, CanTx, Inc, has today received notification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that its chemotherapy candidate drug, Cantrixil, has been granted Orphan Drug Designation for ovarian cancer. [More]
Novel approach allows real-time imaging of ongoing immune response

Novel approach allows real-time imaging of ongoing immune response

A novel approach that allows real-time imaging of the immune system's response to the presence of tumors—without the need for blood draws or invasive biopsies—offers a potential breakthrough both in diagnostics and in the ability to monitor efficacy of cancer therapies. [More]
New clinical utility data for Guardant360 platform to be presented at 2015 AACR Annual Meeting

New clinical utility data for Guardant360 platform to be presented at 2015 AACR Annual Meeting

Guardant Health today announced new clinical utility data for its Guardant360 platform, which will be presented at the 2015 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. [More]
Accuray's InCise MLC for CyberKnife M6 System now available outside the U.S.

Accuray's InCise MLC for CyberKnife M6 System now available outside the U.S.

Accuray Incorporated announced today that the InCise Multileaf Collimator (MLC) for the CyberKnife M6 System will now be available outside the United States in markets where it is approved for sale, in addition to the U.S. market where the InCise MLC was commercially launched in February 2015. [More]
Smoking and genetics can increase women's likelihood of giving birth to twins

Smoking and genetics can increase women's likelihood of giving birth to twins

African American mothers who smoke and have a genetic profile that includes a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of the TP53 gene have an increased likelihood of having twins, concluded a team of researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. [More]
New collaboration brings comprehensive genomic profiling to UC Davis

New collaboration brings comprehensive genomic profiling to UC Davis

The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine have entered into a collaboration with Foundation Medicine, a leading molecular information company. The collaboration brings comprehensive genomic profiling into standard of care at UC Davis, allowing physicians to prescribe the most effective, targeted cancer treatments to patients based on the genomic information specific to each individual's cancer. [More]
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