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An image of colorectal cancer.
March 29, 2021
In a cell culture study, researchers have discovered that forcing cancer cells to differentiate into somatic cells can cause them to stop proliferating. Cancer, stem cells, and proliferation The danger of cancer is from its proliferation: its uncontrolled division within the body. This proliferation is explained by the mutated cells exhibiting stem-like properties; in other...
Nanoparticles in blood
December 02, 2020
Scientists have successfully tested a new nanoparticle-based delivery system for CRISPR kits, achieving drastic improvements in mouse models of glioblastoma and ovarian cancer [1]. A gift from our single-cell ancestors CRISPR gene editing technology has been widely hailed as a potential game changer in medicine, including anti-cancer therapy. CRISPR’s ability to permanently disrupt tumor survival...
Gene segment
October 19, 2020
Researchers have successfully used the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool to destroy Ewing's sarcoma and chronic myeloid leukemia tumor cells by targeting the fusion genes responsible for these tumors [1]. Fusion genes, a feature in many different types of cancer, arise when a mutation fuses two genes together, which typically happens when the DNA sequence between...
October 13, 2020
In a review paper, a group of scientists highlight a new strategy that addresses the shortcomings of stem cell therapy by adding T cell progenitors to the graft [1]. Adaptive Immune SystemThe adaptive immune system is a marvel that only vertebrates are blessed with. This complex mechanism protects us from a wide variety of threats,...
Targeting tumors
September 29, 2020
A group of researchers have devised an effective anti-cancer therapy by loading cytokine-coding RNA fragments into lipid nanoparticles and injecting them directly into the tumor [1]. Anti-cancer immunotherapy is a powerful novel strategy that has given hope to millions of cancer patients. The immune system has a few aces up its sleeve when fighting cancer,...
June 22, 2020
Researchers are starting to test the use of immunotherapies, normally used for treating cancer, to target senescent cells, which accumulate in our bodies as we age and are implicated in many age-related conditions. What are senescent cells? As you age, increasing numbers of your cells enter into a state known as senescence. Senescent cells do...