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Rogue breast tumor proteins point to potential drug therapies

Such treatment options are missed by genomic sequencing By Julia Ezangelou Strait March 28, 2017 For patients with difficult-to-treat cancers, doctors increasingly rely on genomic testing of tumors to identify errors in the DNA that indicate a tumor can be targeted by existing therapies. But this approach overlooks another potential marker — rogue proteins — that may

Beta cells from love handles

April 11, 2016 Researchers at ETH Zurich have managed to use a synthetic genetic program to instruct stem cells taken from fatty tissue to become cells that are almost identical to natural beta cells. This brings them a major step closer to a personal repair kit for diabetes sufferers. Researchers led by Martin Fussenegger, Professor

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers make groundbreaking discovery, use skin cells to kill cancer

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers make groundbreaking discovery, use skin cells to kill cancer Feb. 24, 2016 Skin cells turned cancer-killing stem cells hunt down and destroy the deadly remnants inevitably left behind when a brain tumor is surgically removed   (Chapel Hill, N.C. — Feb. 24, 2016) — In a first for medical science, University of

The switch that might tame the most aggressive of breast cancers

Tuesday 31 March 2015 at 1am PST Australian researchers have found that so-called 'triple-negative breast cancers'1 are two distinct diseases that likely originate from different cell types. This helps explain why survival prospects for women with the diagnosis tend to be either very good or very bad. Id4+ stem cells are in red, luminal cells

MSU team publishes findings about backup system that helps sustain liver during crisis

21/03/2015 02:35:00 By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service - BOZEMAN – Scientists from Montana State University and Sweden have discovered an antioxidant system that helps sustain the liver when other systems are missing or compromised. Like a generator kicking in when the power fails or an understudy taking the stage when a lead actor is sick,

Scientists find gene vital to central nervous system development

January 21, 2015 By Julia Evangelou Strait                                                                                         ROBERT BOSTON Using Washington University’s

A new weapon against stroke

UC Davis stem cell study uncovers the brain-protective powers of astrocytes (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- One of regenerative medicine's greatest goals is to develop new treatments for stroke. So far, stem cell research for the disease has focused on developing therapeutic neurons — the primary movers of electrical impulses in the brain — to repair tissue