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Speaking of Cancer Research

By , and | April 20, 2016

A selection of notable quotes from the annual American Association for Cancer Research meeting

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Running from Cancer?

By | April 18, 2016

At the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting, researchers review the evidence that exercise has antitumor benefits.

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Tracking Zika’s Evolution

By | April 15, 2016

Sequence analysis of 41 viral strains reveals more than a half-century of change. 

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Cancer Tissue Repository Launched

By | April 11, 2016

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will store tissue samples from patients with leukemia and lymphoma from which scientists can make patient-derived mouse models.

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New Gecko-Inspired Adhesive

By | April 6, 2016

Flexible patches of silicone that stick to skin and conduct electricity could serve as the basis for a new, reusable electrode for medical applications.

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New Epigenetic Mark Confirmed in Mammals

By | April 1, 2016

Methylation on adenine bases is involved in the dampening of gene expression in mammalian cells, according to a study.

Instructor, Department of Systems Biology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Age: 38

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Inaccurate Cholesterol Tests from Theranos

By | March 29, 2016

The company’s finger-prick tests yield cholesterol levels notably lower than results of traditional blood draw tests from two other large companies, according to a study.

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Simplified Magnetogenetics

By | March 25, 2016

A new technique allows researchers to rapidly and reversibly activate neurons with a magnetically sensitive protein.

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Contacts May Affect Eye Microbiome

By | March 23, 2016

The bacterial communities in the eyes of contact lens wearers resemble those of the skin, according to a study. 

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