8 Modern Milestones in Cancer Research

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This list highlights 8 of the biggest milestones within the field of cancer research since the year 2000.

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Newly-Discovered Human ‘Organ’: Could This be How Cancer Spreads?

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Researchers have identified a previously unknown feature of human anatomy with implications for the function of all organs, most tissues and the mechanisms of most major diseases. The finding that this layer is a highway of moving fluid may explain why cancer that invades it becomes much more likely to spread.

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Detecting Cancer Earlier: The Importance of Collaboration, Funding and Technology

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We recently spoke to Dr David Crosby, Head of Early Detection Research, Research and Innovation, Cancer Research UK, to learn more about the importance of early cancer detection.

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Exploiting Exosomes for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

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Evidence is mounting for exosomes playing a central role in many aspects of cancer biology. As researchers start to unravel the secrets of these elusive little vesicles, this is opening a host of exciting new opportunities to tackle cancer – from non-invasive diagnostics to innovative new therapeutics.

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10 Things We Didn't Know Last Week - 9 March 2018

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We've highlighted some of the most exciting stories from the world of science from the past 7 days.

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Reversing an Unstoppable Cancer Cascade with Proteomics
Reversing an Unstoppable Cancer Cascade with Proteomics
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Mutations in genes that produce RAS proteins turn a normally benign process, essential for cellular growth, into a cancer stimulant that is currently undruggable. Now, cutting-edge protein analysis may help treat cancers caused by these mutations.

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A New, Streamlined Approach to Diagnosing and Treating Bowel Cancer
A New, Streamlined Approach to Diagnosing and Treating Bowel Cancer
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Researchers at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the University of Adelaide have discovered a faster, more cost-effective way to determine which DNA mutations cause human bowel cancer.

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Protein "Shield" Affects Responses to Breast Cancer Drug
Protein "Shield" Affects Responses to Breast Cancer Drug
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BRCA-positive breast cancers arise from a cell's failure to accurately repair its DNA. A study analyzing the complex network of DNA repair molecules has discovered a new group of proteins which affect response to some first-line breast cancer drugs.

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New Rapid-fire Method Using Pathology Images & Tumor Data May Help Guide Cancer Therapies
New Rapid-fire Method Using Pathology Images & Tumor Data May Help Guide Cancer Therapies
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By combining data on pathology images of 13 types of cancer and correlating that with clinical and genomic data, researchers are able to identify tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, which will enable cancer specialists to generate tumor-immune information from routinely gathered pathology slides.

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Personalized Tumor Vaccine Shows Promise
Personalized Tumor Vaccine Shows Promise
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A new type of cancer vaccine has yielded promising results in an initial clinical trial. The personalized vaccine is made from patients’ own immune cells, which are exposed in the laboratory to the contents of the patients’ tumor cells, and then injected into the patients to initiate a wider immune response.

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Deadly Mushroom Toxin Helps Fight Cancer?
Deadly Mushroom Toxin Helps Fight Cancer?
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The death-cap mushroom has a long history as a tool of murder and suicide, going back to ancient Roman times. While it may seem ill-advised, researchers are eager to synthesize the toxin because studies have shown that it could help fight cancer. Scientists now report how they overcame obstacles to synthesize the death-cap killer compound.

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Novel Biotherapeutics for the Treatment of Cancer

Novel Biotherapeutics for the Treatment of Cancer

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Immunotherapies might be stealing the show in cancer biotherapeutics, but it would seem that combining them with other biological agents – DNA or viruses, for example – is the way to seeing dramatic successes in more cancer patients.

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Relaxing the Tension Between Publishing and Patenting: Practical Hints and Tips
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In Part 1 we outlined some patent-related ramifications of publishing your research and development prior to filing a patent application. This second part provides you with some practical hints and tips for drafting your paper, helping you to avoid potential issues that can arise.

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Relaxing the Tension Between Publishing and Patenting: The Legal Basis for Tension
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Tension can be felt between the desire to publish and the need to patent, especially in commercially savvy environments such as medical technology and pharmaceuticals. This article discusses the legal rationale behind why publishing early can hinder future patenting opportunities and provides practical tips for avoiding this situation.

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Proteomics and Cancer: a Powerful New Revolution
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In the post-genomics era, we look at the powerful new revolution in proteomics. We find out how advances are deepening our understanding of cancer biology and resistance processes, which will lead to new clinical applications such as non-invasive biomarkers and drug development.

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