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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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The Future for PCR Diagnostics
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The Nobel Prize winning polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique revolutionized molecular biology on its invention in 1986 and it has done the same for medical diagnostics over the last 15 years. Being able to copy and multiply specific target DNA molecules has opened the door to diagnosing diseases across multiple areas quickly, accurately, and as time progresses at lower cost.

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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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Are Carbon Nanotubes a New Asbestos?
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Used in myriad applications and showered with praise by researchers, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are hailed as a "wonder material" for materials science. This lofty position may be jeopardized by a new study that shows CNTs can induce the fatal cancer mesothelioma in the same way as asbestos.

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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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The Link Between Cancer and Obesity
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A growing amount of evidence proposes that several types of cancer are more common in overweight or obese people and that cancer risk is increased in those with higher body fat.

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Why Gold Nanoparticles Offer a Bright Future for Diagnostics and Healthcare
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Today, nanoparticle research is one of the fastest-growing scientific fields, and one in which exciting new discoveries abound.

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Making Medicine More Precise Using Metabolomics
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The metabolome is exquisitely sensitive to our physiology, sitting at the interface of our genome and environment. Developing handheld devices that enable people to monitor themselves for changes in their metabolites that can predict future disease will empower them to take charge of their own healthcare, transforming medicine.

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