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Activating genes for reprogramming factors for a short time transforms large numbers of differentiated cells into multipotent forms that could be useful for cell-based therapies.

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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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Corals’ pH Sensor Identified

By | November 1, 2017

Soluble adenylyl cyclase measures and responds to pH changes in coral cells, but whether it can help the animals withstand ocean acidification is not yet known.

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With the arrival of a new class of single-nucleotide editors, researchers can target the most common type of pathogenic SNP in humans.

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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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A new method stimulates B cells to make human antigen-specific antibodies, obviating the need for vaccinating blood donors or hunting for rare B cells.

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