Sarfowah Amankwah

12 Flips | 2 Magazines | 2 Likes | 2 Following | @sarphoah | Teaching and research assistant in Biochemistry. Passion for drug development. Targeted therapy, cancer immunotherapy, gene & cell therapy.

A former biotech executive who's living with terminal cancer wants to reset expectations about new cancer treatments

In 2015, he was diagnosed with head and neck cancer, which was caused by human papillomavirus (or HPV), a sexually transmitted infection.<p>After the diagnosis, Becker — who detailed his experience in "A Walk With Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur"— used his expertise in the drug industry to …

New bacterial defense mechanism of the CRISPR-Cas system uncovered

The CRISPR-Cas system is an immune system that is found in many bacteria. It provides protection from viruses and other molecular parasites that can …

New hope for leukaemia patients as therapy shown to shrink tumours or make them disappear

Terminal leukaemia patients have been offered new hope after a new therapy was shown to shrink tumours or make them disappear in 70 per cent of patients.<p>The new treatment called (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy, extracts immune cells from a cancer patient and modifies them in a lab so they can recognise …

Cancer

‘We are all mutants now’: the trouble with genetic testing

With so many unknowns in our DNA, using genetics in medical testing doesn’t always bring the answers – sometimes it brings only doubt. By Carrie Arnold<p>AnneMarie Ciccarella, a fast-talking 57-year-old brunette with more than a hint of a New York accent, thought she knew a lot about breast cancer. …

Genetics

New Research Suggests at Least 75% of The Human Genome Is Junk DNA After All

If it's not, we're doing something very wrong.<p>At least three quarters of the human genome consists of non-functional, 'junk DNA', according to a new …

Could CRISPR Sniff Out Viruses?

The gene-editing tool known as CRISPR is fast becoming known for its potential to treat disease by snipping genetic mutations from DNA.<p>But genomic …

We Now Know Why Some Diabetes Drugs Work in Mice But Totally Fail in People

We can work with this.<p>New medicines come to our pharmacies through a rigorous process that begins in the lab and ends with multiple trials in humans. …

All cancer patients should have their DNA tested to save lives, Chief Medical Officer says

Every cancer patient in Britain should undergo DNA gene sequencing to prevent the misery of misdiagnosis, needless hospital visits and ineffective chemotherapy, the Chief Medical Officer has said.<p>In her annual report, Dame Sally Davies, said it was time to end the ‘diagnostic odyssey’ which left …

Cancer

Scientists Modify Viruses with CRISPR to Kill Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

CRISPR-Powered Viruses<p>Earlier this month, the annual CRISPR 2017 conference was held at Montana State University. Attendees were the first to hear …