Q&A: Health of 9/11 First Responders 20 Years Later
Q&A: Health of 9/11 First Responders 20 Years Later
Amanda Heidt | Sep 7, 2021
The Scientist spoke with Rachel Zeig-Owens, the director of epidemiology for the World Trade Center Health Program, about what scientists have learned after two decades of studying illness and disease among survivors.
Tool Would Use Tumor Gene Expression to Inform Radiation Dose
Tool Would Use Tumor Gene Expression to Inform Radiation Dose
Alejandra Manjarrez | Aug 27, 2021
In a retrospective analysis, a team found that an algorithm integrating the gene expression of a tumor with the radiation dose a patient received predicted how well the patient responded to the treatment.
Gut Fungi Hamper Radiation Therapy in Mice with Cancer
Gut Fungi Hamper Radiation Therapy in Mice with Cancer
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Aug 11, 2021
Depleting intestinal fungi allows radiation to effectively fight cancer, likely because the microbes influence the antitumor immune response.
p53 Unleashes Endogenous Retroviruses to Tackle Tumors: Study
p53 Unleashes Endogenous Retroviruses to Tackle Tumors: Study
Marcus A. Banks | Jul 29, 2021
New experiments suggest the famous tumor-suppressing protein uses viral elements lingering in the genome to get cancerous cells to announce their presence to the immune system.
Optical Genome Mapping Works Well in Detecting Cancer Risk
Optical Genome Mapping Works Well in Detecting Cancer Risk
Marcus A. Banks | Jul 22, 2021
The relatively new technique for visually detecting chromosomal variants associated with disease risk performs at least as well as more established techniques in two recent studies.
Hawai‘i Legislature Terminates Tenured Professor’s Position
Hawai‘i Legislature Terminates Tenured Professor’s Position
Christie Wilcox | Jul 21, 2021
Thanks to administrative shuffling, professor Carl-Wilhelm Vogel remains employed at the University of Hawai‘i despite the removal of his position in the new state budget, but the university’s faculty union says lawmakers might have crossed a legal line.
Australian Research Faces Impending Scarcity of Lab Rodents
Australian Research Faces Impending Scarcity of Lab Rodents
Bianca Nogrady | Jul 20, 2021
The Australian biomedical research community is stunned by the announced wind-down of the country’s biggest supplier of mice and rats.
Cross-Resistance: One Cancer Therapy Can Undermine the Next
Cross-Resistance: One Cancer Therapy Can Undermine the Next
Sophie Fessl | Jul 16, 2021
Targeted cancer therapy may jeopardize the effectiveness of subsequent immunotherapy by reducing dendritic cell numbers and activation, according to study of mice and patient samples.
Human Blood Harbors Cell-Free Microbial DNA
Human Blood Harbors Cell-Free Microbial DNA
Abby Olena | Jul 9, 2021
After controlling for high levels of bacterial contamination in their lab and reagents, researchers detect microbial genetic material in plasma samples from healthy people and cancer patients.
COVID-19 Vaccines Work in People with Cancer: Study
COVID-19 Vaccines Work in People with Cancer: Study
Marcus A. Banks | Jun 25, 2021
Moderna’s, Pfizer’s, and Johnson & Johnson’s shots all offered protection against the virus regardless of cancer type, although slightly less so in people with blood cancer.
“Lemon Frost” Leopard Geckos’ Cancers Similar to Human Melanomas
“Lemon Frost” Leopard Geckos’ Cancers Similar to Human Melanomas
Christie Wilcox | Jun 24, 2021
The color morph’s bright yellow hue and its propensity for skin tumors both likely stem from a gene implicated in a dangerous form of human skin cancer, suggesting the animals could make an ideal model for studying the disease.
John Pawelek, Who Explored the Causes of Metastasis, Dies at 79
John Pawelek, Who Explored the Causes of Metastasis, Dies at 79
Marcus A. Banks | Jun 22, 2021
The Yale School of Medicine cancer researcher doggedly pursued the question of how cancer spreads.
Cancer Metastasizes Via Fusion of Tumor and Immune Cells: Study
Cancer Metastasizes Via Fusion of Tumor and Immune Cells: Study
Marcus A. Banks | Jun 17, 2021
Researchers say evidence of hybridization between leukocytes and cancer indicates that this is a primary means of metastasis. Others disagree.
Deadly Facial Tumors Spur Tasmanian Devil Evolution: Study
Deadly Facial Tumors Spur Tasmanian Devil Evolution: Study
Christie Wilcox | Jun 16, 2021
The largest study to date of the animals’ genetics provides robust evidence that they are adapting to survive a highly lethal, contagious cancer scientists feared would cause their extinction.