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Ancient Viruses as Gene Therapy Vectors

By | July 31, 2015

Researchers deploy ancestors of today’s adeno-associated viruses to deliver gene therapies without immune system interference.

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Evolution of Kin Discrimination

By | July 6, 2015

A bacterium’s ability to distinguish self from non-self can arise spontaneously, a study shows, reigniting questions of whether the trait can be considered an adaptation.

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Cancer-Driving Mutations Common in Normal Skin Cells

By | May 21, 2015

A deep-sequencing analysis reveals that non-malignant skin cells harbor many more cancer-driving mutations than previously expected. 

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Prokaryotic Microbes with Eukaryote-like Genes Found

By | May 6, 2015

Deep-sea microbes possess hallmarks of eukaryotic cells, hinting at a common ancestor for archaea and eukaryotes.

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Personalized Devices Predict Cancer Drug Response

By | April 22, 2015

Two teams have developed tumor-implantable drug delivery devices to study real-time responses to multiple therapies in cancer patients.

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Cancer Sequencing Controls

By | April 15, 2015

Comparing a patient’s tumor DNA sequence with that of her normal tissue can improve researchers’ identification of disease-associated mutations.

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Clam Cancer Rips Along Atlantic Coast

By | April 9, 2015

A leukemia that’s killing far-flung populations of softshell clams may be contagious. 

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Insulin Interference Triggers Cancer-Linked Cachexia

By | April 6, 2015

A tumor-secreted protein interferes with insulin signaling to cause cancer-linked muscle wasting in fruit flies. 

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Personalized Cancer Vaccines

By | April 2, 2015

A dendritic cell vaccine targeting melanoma patients’ tumor-specific mutations can activate a broad range of cancer-fighting T cells. 

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Comparing Leprosy Bacteria

By | March 27, 2015

Researchers sequence the genome of Mycobacterium lepromatosis, a recently discovered sister species to the primary leprosy-causing bacterium.

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