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Transfer RNAs Have a Surprising Role in Breast Cancer Growth
A particular leucine-ferrying tRNA is more abundant in cancerous cells than healthy ones, and lowering its levels inhibits cancer growth, a study finds.
Transfer RNAs Have a Surprising Role in Breast Cancer Growth
Transfer RNAs Have a Surprising Role in Breast Cancer Growth

A particular leucine-ferrying tRNA is more abundant in cancerous cells than healthy ones, and lowering its levels inhibits cancer growth, a study finds.

A particular leucine-ferrying tRNA is more abundant in cancerous cells than healthy ones, and lowering its levels inhibits cancer growth, a study finds.

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Harboring Hard and Soft Cells Lets Tumors Grow and Metastasize Simultaneously
Katherine Irving | Oct 17, 2022 | 4 min read
Islands of rigid cells within a matrix of soft ones allow tumors to be both solid and fluid, granting them toughness without losing the ability to break apart.
Artist’s rendition of metastatic cancer cells with yellow nuclei and green cell bodies extending into blue tendrils.
While the Body Rests, Breast Cancer Spreads More Aggressively
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Jun 23, 2022 | 4 min read
More cancer cells are shed from primary tumors when individuals are asleep than when they’re awake, according to observations in mouse models and a small cohort of breast cancer patients.
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Beyond Individual Nutrients: Complex Diet and Cancer Connections
Deanna MacNeil, PhD | 4 min read
Scientists develop cancer nutrition guidelines based on research examining how dietary patterns affect cancer risk and prevention.
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Bacteria in Tumors Promote Metastasis in Mice
Sophie Fessl, PhD | Apr 7, 2022 | 3 min read
Microbes living inside cancer cells may help them spread to distant sites by enhancing the cells’ resistance to mechanical stress, a study shows.
A photo of a triple-negative breast cancer cell
A Fasting-Mimicking Diet Thwarts Breast Cancer in Mice
Devin A. Reese, PhD | Mar 1, 2022 | 2 min read
Coupling a diet low in calories, sugar, and protein with existing cancer drugs treats triple-negative breast cancer in mice, and low blood glucose is associated with better cancer outcomes in human patients.
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Breast Cancer Cells Retrain T Cells to Invade Specific Tissues
Nele Haelterman, PhD | 3 min read
Scientists discover tumor-associated T cells that drive breast cancer metastasis to lymph nodes.
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DNA Methylation Could Predict Ovarian, Breast Cancers
Anna Napolitano | Feb 11, 2022 | 5 min read
A pair of new studies finds that analyzing material from a Pap smear can reveal tumor risk in distant parts of the body, potentially allowing early interventions.
Scientific illustration of a migrating breast cancer cell.
Breast Cancer Cells Churn Out Cholesterol to Fuel Metastasis
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Feb 4, 2022 | 4 min read
A study uncovers a novel connection between the biomolecule and cancer progression.
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Setting Better Traps for PARP Inhibitors
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team and BPS Bioscience | 4 min read
An innovative assay permits researchers to screen for small molecule PARP inhibitors that trap the enzyme on DNA and selectively execute cancer cells.
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Modified Salmonella Revs Immune Response, Combats Tumors in Mice
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Feb 3, 2022 | 5 min read
When coated with positively charged particles, the bacteria shuttled antigens out of tumors and activated the immune system, a study finds.
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Sound Waves Aid Brain Tumor Treatment
Ruth Williams | Oct 13, 2021 | 3 min read
In a small clinical study, focusing ultrasound beams on tumors in patients’ brains helped open the blood-brain barrier to facilitate drug delivery.
Modeling the Complexity of Human Tumors in 3-D Cell Cultures
Technique Talk: Modeling the Complexity of Human Tumors in 3-D Cell Cultures
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
In this workshop, learn how to make precision medicine a reality by modeling human cancers in 3-D organoid cultures for drug screening.
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José Baselga, Renowned Oncologist, Dies at 61
Asher Jones | Mar 22, 2021 | 2 min read
The cancer researcher and executive vice president of AstraZeneca’s oncology research and development is well known for his role in the development of pivotal breast cancer therapies.
Gloria Echeverria Investigates an Insidious Form of Breast Cancer
Max Kozlov | Dec 1, 2020 | 3 min read
The newly minted Baylor College of Medicine faculty member is working to crack the mystery of triple negative breast cancer.
Understanding Cancer Evolution Through the Lens of Single Cell Genomics
Understanding Cancer Evolution Through the Lens of Single Cell Genomics
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Nicholas Navin and Lars Velten discuss sampling, sequencing, and tracing single cells to study how cancer cells adapt to various environments.
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Heart Attack Elevates Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence: Study
Amanda Heidt | Jul 13, 2020 | 4 min read
Mice that experienced heart attacks underwent a large-scale shift in their immune systems that allowed cancer to flourish, perhaps explaining the observation in patients.
Blood Test Detects Cancer Early, But Has Some Holdups
Ashley Yeager | Apr 29, 2020 | 2 min read
The liquid biopsy, which detects cell-free tumor DNA, spotted undiagnosed cancers in some women, but had a greater number of false positives and false negatives.
Mammary tumor organoids undergo a radical shape shift when treated with a microRNA.
Organoid Shape Identifies Potential Cancer Drugs
Roni Dengler, PhD | 3 min read
An unusual drug screen takes advantage of “porcupine-like” structures of cancer cells in 3D organoids.
Who Benefits from Herceptin and Other Anti-HER2 Cancer Therapies?
Robert Fortner | Apr 12, 2020 | 7 min read
Calls to include a new breast cancer subtype in future clinical trials reveal fundamental disagreements about HER2’s role in the disease.
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