Emergent Futures Tumblelog

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Human Vaccine Used to Cure Prostate Cancer in Mice


 Mayo Clinic investigators and collaborators from the United Kingdom cured well-established prostate tumors in mice using a human vaccine with no apparent side effects. This novel cancer treatment approach encourages the immune system to rid itself of prostate tumors without assistance from toxic chemotherapies and radiation treatments. Such a treatment model could some day help people to live tumour free with fewer side effects than those experienced from current therapies.

Full Story:Science Daily

Posted at 3:40pm and tagged with: health, innovation, cancer,.

Human Vaccine Used to Cure Prostate Cancer in Mice

 Mayo Clinic investigators and collaborators from the United Kingdom cured well-established prostate tumors in mice using a human vaccine with no apparent side effects. This novel cancer treatment approach encourages the immune system to rid itself of prostate tumors without assistance from toxic chemotherapies and radiation treatments. Such a treatment model could some day help people to live tumour free with fewer side effects than those experienced from current therapies.
Full Story:Science Daily

A Vaccine to Attack Cancer Early

A startup is developing the first vaccine to target patients before they develop cancer.

Full Story: Technology Review

Posted at 8:20am and tagged with: biotechnology, health, cancer,.


A Vaccine to Attack Cancer Early


A startup is developing the first vaccine to target patients before they develop cancer.

Full Story: Technology Review

Our immune systems have evolved an impressive arsenal of molecules that target and destroy tumours. Now, Darrell Irvine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and colleagues have found a way to upgrade this native artillery.

Immune cells called cytotoxic T-cells swarm over and demolish cancerous cells inside the body. Unfortunately, many tumours emit a mysterious chemical cocktail to weaken any T-cells that swim too close.

While investigating how to increase T-cells’ ability to attack tumours, Irvine’s team found they could fasten 100 nanoparticle capsules to a single T-cell without impairing its function – capsules they could fill with any number of drugs.

via @futuramb

Full Story: New Scientist

Posted at 6:31am and tagged with: nanotechnology, biotechnology, health, cancer,.

Scientists have created an organic nanoparticle that is non-toxic, biodegradable, and nimble in the way it uses light and heat to treat cancer and deliver drugs, says principal investigator Dr. Gang Zheng, Senior Scientist, Ontario Cancer Institute (OCI) at Princess Margaret Hospital

Full Story: Kurzweil

Posted at 7:18am and tagged with: nanotechnology, Biotechnology, medicine, cancer,.

Researchers look beyond genetics to discover what makes some lung cancer patients respond to certain drugs.

Full Story: Technology Review

Posted at 7:52pm and tagged with: medicine, biotechnology, genomics, cancer,.

Reprogrammed Stem Cells Are Rife with Mutations


Adult cells that have been reprogrammed into stem cells harbor a number of genetic mutations, some of which appear in genes that have been linked to cancer. While scientists don’t yet know how this might affect the use of the cells in medicine, they say the findings show that the cells need to be studied much more extensively.

Full Story: Technology Review

Posted at 4:09am and tagged with: biotechnology, stem cells, cancer,.

Reprogrammed Stem Cells Are Rife with Mutations

Adult cells that have been reprogrammed into stem cells harbor a number  of genetic mutations, some of which appear in genes that have been  linked to cancer. While scientists don’t yet know how this might affect  the use of the cells in medicine, they say the findings show that the  cells need to be studied much more extensively.
Full Story: Technology Review

Drug Follows Melanoma Wherever It Goes

Researchers testing the nanotherapeutic agent, which has been under development for over a decade, hope it provides a way to target melanoma and map its spread throughout the body. Researchers have tested the drug in animals and found no toxicity. Safety tests in five melanoma patients should be completed by the end of the year.

Full Story: Technology Review

Posted at 7:18am and tagged with: biotechnology, nanotechnology, cancer,.

Drug Follows Melanoma Wherever It Goes

Researchers testing the nanotherapeutic agent, which has been under  development for over a decade, hope it provides a way to target melanoma  and map its spread throughout the body. Researchers have tested the  drug in animals and found no toxicity. Safety tests in five melanoma  patients should be completed by the end of the year.
Full Story: Technology Review

A SmartPhone diagnoses tumors at your bedside

Don’t get up, no need to leave the room… scientists have designed a device to diagnose life-threatening tumors that attaches to a phone.

Full Story: SmartPlanet

Posted at 9:48am and tagged with: cancer, technology, applications, health,.

A SmartPhone diagnoses tumors at your bedside

Don’t get up, no need to leave the room… scientists have designed a  device to diagnose life-threatening tumors that attaches to a phone.
Full Story: SmartPlanet

Lymph Node Study Shakes Pillar of Breast Cancer Care

A new study finds that many women with early breast cancer do not need a painful procedure that has long been routine: removal of cancerous lymph nodes from the armpit.

Full Story: New York Times

Posted at 9:48am and tagged with: cancer, assumptions,.

Lymph Node Study Shakes Pillar of Breast Cancer Care

A new study finds that many women with early breast cancer do not need a painful procedure that has long been routine: removal of cancerous lymph nodes from the armpit.

Full Story: New York Times

Prostate cancers grow slowly in many men but aggressively in others. New research suggests that a group of four molecular markers found in some tumors can be used to predict whether the cancer will spread.

via @scottnewell

Posted at 4:43pm and tagged with: health, cancer,.