Melanoma Detector

“Is that skin cancer?” Even experts can be confused by skin moles that might or might not be melanomas. But now diagnosing the aggressive skin cancer is about to become easier. As this ScienCentral News video explains, researchers have developed a new test for melanoma that could prevent it from being misdiagnosed.
Image courtesy: Mohammed Kashani-Sabet, UCSF

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Michael Crichton Dies at 66

Not to be insensitive, but considering how good he was at spinning yarns about the dangers of biotechnology, you’d think he could have written a better ending for himself than: destroyed by a group of rogue cells.

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Highlighting Cancer

Cancer surgery is tricky because you don’t want to miss any cancer, but you also don’t want to cut healthy tissue. Now doctors are testing a new technique that uses a safe chemical highlighter, allowing surgeons to cut by color.

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Weight Loss Surgery Cuts Cancer

It’s already known that weight-loss surgery for morbid obesity can reduce the risk of diabetes and heart problems. Now, new research shows that it may also cut a person’s risk of cancer by 80-percent.

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Scientists Win Lasker for micro-RNA Discovery

The Lasker Foundation has announced that Doctors Victor Ambros, Gary Ruvkun, and David Baulcombe won the Lasker Medical Prize for their discovery of micro-RNA molecules, and their role in gene regulation.


Water Bears Return From Space

What happens when you send 3,000 water bears on a 12-day mission into outer
space? Researchers hope the answer will teach us something about genetic
self-repair. [Photo: Bob Goldstein]


Smelling Skin Cancer

Research announced today confirms that skin with cancer gives off a different odor than normal skin. This ScienCentral News video reports on the first odor profile for skin cancer and how it could lead to new cancer sniffing technology.

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Cancer Imaging Advance

Is that tumor cancerous, and how fast might it spread? Pathologists have to answer those tricky questions every day. But, as this ScienCentral News video explains, research published today puts a tool normally found in crime labs into the hands of doctors so they can do a better job of catching cancer.

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Cancer Blood Tests

The holy grail of cancer detection is a simple blood test that would spot signals of cancer early enough to cure it. Now genetics researchers report a surprising discovery that could lead to such tests.

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Anti-Cancer Blood Transfusion

Researchers announced that they’ll soon start human trials of a cancer fighting method that uses blood from people who may be naturally cancer resistant. For a decade the researchers have studied how this works in mice, and now they’ve received federal approval to try it in people.

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