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A team has engineered two stem cell lines into “synthetic T cells” that destroy breast cancer cells in vitro. 

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The Weird Growth Strategy of Earth’s First Trees

By | October 24, 2017

Ancient fossils reveal how woodless trees got so big: by continuously ripping apart their xylem and knitting it back together.

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Genetic Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Identified

By | October 23, 2017

Researchers identify 72 novel genetic variants associated with breast cancer risk.

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Vitamin C Depletion Accelerates Leukemia in Mice

By | August 21, 2017

High levels of vitamin C absorbed by blood-forming stem cells are important for their normal development. 

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Vitamin C Blocks Leukemia Progression in Mice

By | August 17, 2017

High-dose vitamin C injections reverse the effects of a leukemia-promoting genetic deficiency.

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The Cancer Genes Needed for Immunotherapy Response

By | August 7, 2017

Using a large CRISPR-based screen, researchers find possible genetic culprits for patients not having success with immune checkpoint inhibitors.  

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Two freely available databases include data on hundreds of human cancer cell lines. 

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Transgenic Mouse Illuminates Melanoma Metastasis

By | June 28, 2017

Glowing cells mark the routes of tumor spread by way of newly formed lymph vessels. 

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An analysis of human cancer genome projects uncovers a counterintuitive loss of ribosomal gene copies.

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Lords of the Flies

By | June 19, 2017

Biologists’ walk in the woods sparks the creation of a masterful fruit fly field guide. 

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