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Blood Stem Cells Grown in the Lab

Two teams of scientists have generated blood stem cells by reprogramming either human or mouse cells. In both cases, these hematopoietic stem cells successfully produced blood cells when implanted into mice. “This is important...

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Fragment Length of Circulating Tumor DNA

Abstract Malignant tumors shed DNA into the circulation. The transient half-life of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) may afford the opportunity to diagnose, monitor recurrence, and evaluate response to therapy solely through a non-invasive blood...

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Cryo-EM Achieves New Atomic-Scale Resolution Landmark in Protein Imaging

Researchers at the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) have successfully visualized the structures of enzymes at near-atomic resolutions previously not considered possible, using cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) –bolstering this technology’s promise in drug development. The...

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Cancer Immunotherapy Booster

Cancer research is a rapidly evolving field with new discoveries emerging daily on its biology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. In particular, the recent achievement of several key immunotherapy milestones dramatically changed the landscape of cancer...

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Spoiler Alert

n the last decade or so, researchers have spent billions of dollars categorizing the microbes that populate sites as disparate as the human body, soil, and the oceans. Much of what we know about...

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Turning Skin Cells into Cancer Hunters

In a new landmark study, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were able to convert skin cells into cancer-hunting stem cells that homed in and destroyed glioblastoma brain tumors. The...

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The Heroes of CRISPR

It’s hard to recall a revolution that has swept biology more swiftly than CRISPR. Just 3 years ago, scientists reported that the CRISPR system an adaptive immune system used by microbes to defend themselves...

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Cancer care looks ROSEy

Patients with lung cancer may undergo endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) a technique used to diagnose and stage cancer, in which an imaging scope is inserted into the lungs, allowing clinicians to visualize...

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