Cancer Genetics

By Kristy Lamb, PhD | Popular news & scientific articles on cancer genetics

The Beginning of the End of the Beginning in Cancer Genomics

This article has no abstract; the first 100 words appear below.<p>This is the age of massive genome surveys — at least for a little while longer. Sixty …

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Drug dependence

LESS is sometimes more. That was the message delivered this week by Meghna Das Thakur of the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, in …

Generic drug trade wins big after court refuses cancer medicine patent

Cheap versions of lifesaving drugs will keep on coming<p>The Supreme Court in India has left the door open for the generic drug trade to manufacture cheap versions of groundbreaking drugs. The court today rejected a patent application from Novartis, the world's second-largest drug manufacturer, for …

Birth defects linked to highway smog - Futurity

STANFORD (US) — Women who breathe traffic pollution early in their pregnancy have a higher …

Surviving prostate cancer: a prostate surgeon's story

The scenery was truly breathtaking. In March 2012, 47 cyclists had negotiated a 27km climb to the Puyehue Pass on the border of Chile and Argentina, …

Final twist to tale of Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cells helped the fight against cancer

The astonishing story of Henrietta Lacks, who died of cancer in 1951 but whose still living cells are now the basis for much medical research, has captivated America for the past two years – and there is no sign of the debate, or its controversies, abating.<p>As revealed in the bestselling 2011 book</i> …

Huge cancer study uncovers 74 genetic risk factors

But genetic tests of 200,000 people reveal no clear cause-and-effect.<p>One of the largest cancer genetics studies ever conducted adds a wealth of …

Why We're Losing The War On Cancer [And How To Win It] [Avastin, Erbitux, Gleevec ... The new wonder drugs might make you think we're finally beating this dreaded scourge. We're not. Here's how to turn the fight around.] - March 22, 2004

(FORTUNE Magazine) – It's strange to think that I can still remember the smell after all this time. The year was 1978, not long after my 15th birthday, and I'd sneaked into my brother's bedroom. There, on a wall of shelves that stretched to the ceiling, were the heaviest books we had in our …

How to cure cancer: Time magazine’s April 1 cover is wrong and cruel.

A decade ago, when I was on the national desk at <i>Newsweek</i>, a handful of us would spend slow nights competing to see who could come closest to writing …

When A Famous Hospital Didn't Want An Expensive New Drug

Last year, a new drug called Zaltrap was approved as a kind of last-chance therapy for patients with colorectal cancer. Studies suggested Zaltrap worked almost exactly as well as an existing drug called Avastin. In fact, the main difference between the two drugs seemed to be the price.<p>"I was rather …

Color-code test finds 10x more biomarkers - Futurity

U. WASHINGTON (US) — A new method for color-coding cells lets scientists illuminate 100 biomarkers …

Cancer scientists hope genetic markers will reveal how disease develops

The discovery of new genetic markers for common cancers will pave the way for tests that predict an individual's risk of disease and guide how they …

Scientists unravel genetic causes of prostate, breast and ovarian cancer

A national screening programme for prostate cancer could be introduced by the NHS following an international effort by more than 1,000 scientists to …

Injecting chemo 'gives ovarian cancer patients 3 more years'

Simply changing how chemotherapy is delivered to women with ovarian cancer could help them live years longer, according to an "incredibly promising" study.<p>Researchers have discovered that giving chemo drugs via direct injection into the abdomen where the tumours are, rather than intravenously, …

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Double mastectomy: A pre-emptive strike against breast cancer

At age 23, Lindsay Avner took charge of her genetic fate by electing to have her healthy breasts removed before cancer could strike first. Six years later, the North Side woman has zero regret, she said.<p>"I feel so fortunate to have had this opportunity that generations of women before me never …

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Scientists See Upside And Downside Of Sequencing Their Own Genes

When scientists were looking for the first person to test a new, superfast way of deciphering someone's entire genetic blueprint, they turned to James Watson <b>–</b> the guy who shared a Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA.<p>"They had to sequence someone, so they got me," he says.<p>The results …

Fearing Cancer, Woman With Lynch Syndrome Has Colon Removed

What would you do to reduce the chance of dying of cancer? How far would you go if you had a 70 to 90 percent chance of contracting bowel cancer -- …