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Mitochondrial DNA Plays a Role in Metastasis

By Kerry Grens | April 18, 2018

Experiments in mice show that mitochondria, both within the tumor and beyond, can make the difference between promoting or inhibiting cancer spread.

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How Kidney Cancer Evolves

By Jim Daley | April 18, 2018

Renal cell carcinoma tumors have three different evolutionary fates, each associated with specific clinical outcomes.

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Pembrolizumab combined with chemotherapy nearly doubles survival rates and shrinks tumors in some individuals.

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Genetic analyses uncover cellular hallmarks of bladder cancer tumors that don’t respond, but interfering with one of those characteristics in a mouse model causes tumors to shrink.  

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Certain non-chromosomal defects are strongly associated with specific childhood cancers.

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New Ovarian Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise

By Catherine Offord | April 12, 2018

A preliminary clinical trial finds that the personalized therapy improves survival rates and has no severe side-effects.

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Treating mice with anti-inflammatory drugs following surgery reduced the size of tumors.

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Authors of a new study suggest that 520-million-year-old structures, previously identified as the brains of ancient arthropods, are instead preserved microbial biofilms.

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Image of the Day: Tumor Organoids

By The Scientist Staff | April 11, 2018

Miniature versions of bladder cancers could help physicians identify personalized treatment options for patients.

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Human Cancer Drugs May Be Effective in Tasmanian Devils

By Shawna Williams | April 9, 2018

A new study reveals similarities between the transmissible cancers that infect the endangered marsupials, and hints at ways to treat them.

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