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DNA Methylation Could Predict Ovarian, Breast Cancers
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.
DNA Methylation Could Predict Ovarian, Breast Cancers
DNA Methylation Could Predict Ovarian, Breast Cancers

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.

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.

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Nadia Chaudhri stands in front of a building at Concordia University.
Neuroscientist Nadia Chaudhri Dies at 43
Lisa Winter | Oct 7, 2021 | 2 min read
Knowingly facing the end of her life, she raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for underrepresented students in higher education.
George Preti, Organic Chemist Who Studied Human Body Odors, Dies
Amy Schleunes | Mar 20, 2020 | 3 min read
Over nearly 50 years, the Monell Chemical Senses Center chemist investigated a range of topics, from the smell of cancer to body odor’s effects on human physiology and behavior.
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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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Henry Lynch, Leader in Cancer Genetics, Dies
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 7, 2019 | 2 min read
The Creighton University researcher discovered the genetic basis of hereditary breast-ovarian cancer syndrome.
New Liquid Biopsy Detects Cancer at Earlier Stages Than Currently Possible
Jim Daley | Jun 1, 2018 | 2 min read
The test can pick up several types of cancer, including pancreatic and ovarian, years before symptoms appear.
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Cells in the Ovary are Responsive Shape-Shifters
Roni Dengler, PhD | 3 min read
Rounds of trial-and-error exploring the layer of cells covering the ovary leave open questions about stem cells that are associated with ovarian cancer.
New Ovarian Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise
Catherine Offord | Apr 12, 2018 | 2 min read
A preliminary clinical trial finds that the personalized therapy improves survival rates and has no severe side-effects.
Hundreds of Inherited Gene Variants Contribute to Cancer
Abby Olena, PhD | Apr 5, 2018 | 3 min read
In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers find more than 850 rare, heritable genetic alterations that can predispose humans to cancer.
PARP Inhibitors Are Improving the Outlook of Hard-to-Treat Cancers
Vicki Brower | Apr 1, 2018 | 9 min read
With three recent FDA approvals, and a number of Phase 3 trials ongoing, the drugs are seeing a surge in interest.
Ilana Chefetz Confronts Ovarian Cancer
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018 | 3 min read
The University of Minnesota researcher is on the front lines in the fight against the disease.
Molecule Found in Huntington’s Patients Kills Cancer Cells
Jim Daley | Feb 12, 2018 | 2 min read
Researchers were able to slow tumor growth in a mouse model of human ovarian cancer. 
Liquid Biopsy Test May Help Screen Eight Types of Cancer
Jim Daley | Jan 21, 2018 | 2 min read
The new diagnostic works by identifying cancer-associated proteins and DNA in patient blood.
Henrietta Lacks’s Family Seeks Compensation
Kerry Grens | Feb 15, 2017 | 1 min read
Family members of Lacks, the donor behind the widely used HeLa cell line, are planning to sue Johns Hopkins University.
Can Talc Cause Cancer?
Kerry Grens | Mar 1, 2016 | 4 min read
A jury recently awarded $72 million in a talcum-powder–ovarian cancer case, but the data linking the hygiene product to disease risk are inconclusive.
BRCA Breakthroughs?
Jenny Rood | Apr 21, 2015 | 2 min read
Color Genomics announces a new, lower-cost BRCA mutation test, while Inserm and Quest Diagnostics reveal plans to pool patient data to investigate rare mutations.
BRCA Mutations Mapped
Tracy Vence | Apr 7, 2015 | 1 min read
In a large study, researchers find evidence to suggest that the type and location of a woman’s BRCA1/2 mutations may affect her cancer risk.
A Multi-Cancer Diagnostic?
Kate Yandell | Jul 14, 2014 | 3 min read
Researchers report an ability to detect several types of cancer in blood samples based on signatures of immune response, but some are skeptical about the utility of such a test.
Cancer Pioneer Dies
Jef Akst | Dec 20, 2013 | 2 min read
Janet Rowley, who earned fame for linking chromosomal abnormalities to cancer in the 1970s, has passed away at age 88 from ovarian cancer.
Ovarian Cancer Screen Shows Promise
Chris Palmer | Aug 27, 2013 | 2 min read
A blood test for the protein CA-125, coupled with a vaginal ultrasound, can help detect the difficult-to-spot cancer.
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