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A new approach to drugging a difficult cancer target

MIT researchers have discovered a way to manipulate the interactions of the proteins Myc and Max, which regulate gene transcription. At left, Myc interacts with Max, at center, Max is alone, at right, two molecules of Max. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers, edited by MIT News One of the most …

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Biosensor may provide better cancer diagnosis

The image shows a cross-section of a lipid bilayer with an embedded carbon nanotube porin resting on a silicon nanoribbon sensor surface. The porin contains a single hydrogen-bonded chain of water molecules that relays protons to the nanoribbon. A lipid bilayer protects the sensor from fouling by proteins and other …

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When a cell’s ‘fingerprint’ can be a weapon against cancer

Centrosome amplification is a hallmark of cancer cells and therefore a promising target for cancer therapy. To circumvent the technical difficulties of profiling centrosome amplification in patient samples, we used the expression of 20 genes known to promote centrosome amplification (CA20) to estimate its relative prevalence across nearly 10,000 human …

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New quantum sensor could improve cancer treatment

Tapered nanowire array device design. Credit: Nature Nanotechnology (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41565-019-0393-2 A new quantum sensor developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) has proven it can outperform existing technologies and promises significant advancements in long-range 3-D imaging and monitoring the success of cancer treatments. …

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Researchers look toward nature to beat cancer

Nanoparticles (gray) attached to a red blood cell are able to escape detection by the body’s liver and spleen, paving the way for more effective, less toxic drug delivery. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University Every year, more than 18 million people around the world are told, “You have cancer.” …

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Artificial lung cancer tissue could help find new drug treatments

The 3D hydrogel created in University Professor Molly Shochet’s lab was modeled to mimic the environment of lung cancer, enabling more effective and quicker drug screening. Credit: Roberta Baker/University of Toronto Engineering A 3-D hydrogel created by researchers in U of T Engineering Professor Molly Shoichet’s lab is helping University …

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New compound could help treat ovarian cancer

Scientists from the University of Sheffield have discovered a compound that could be more effective in treating certain cancers than standard chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is still the first line of defence for most cancer tumours and is often highly effective. However, many cancers are naturally resistant, or develop resistance, to commonly …

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