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Smelling Brain Cancer

Smelling Brain Cancer

Scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), researchers from the Brain Mapping Foundation in West Hollywood, and neurosurgeons from the City of Hope Cancer Center have all teamed together to enhance NASA’s “electronic nose” to explore the function of cellular ...

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Gold Nanorods Target Tumors

Gold Nanorods Target Tumors

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed tiny gold rods capable of singling out tumorous cells and destroying them without damaging nearby healthy tissue. The gold nanorods absorb energy from near infrared light and then focus that ...

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Smart Bombing Cancer with a Virus

Researchers from the North Carolina State University have modified a common plant virus to deliver drugs specifically into cancer cells without harming the surrounding tissue. This discovery could increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy as well as reduce the side effects ...

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Detecting Cancer when it’s Barely There

Detecting Cancer when it’s Barely There

Scientists from Stanford University have developed a device that can scan blood and find signs of cancer, even at its earliest stages. Early detection will allow early treatment and greatly improve the survival chances of patients. Dr. Shan Wang (Credit: ...

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Colon Cancer Cause Revealed?

Additional evidence of the link between cancer and inflammation: Scientists from MIT have uncovered one of the causes for colon cancer. Apparently, a compound released during an inflammatory process causes cells to become cancerous. This discovery may help both in ...

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Early Transfusion Fights Cancer

A research team from Tel Aviv University in Israel, led by Professor Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu, discovered that a transfusion of blood soon after it’s donated can help fight several types of cancer. This discovery may revolutionize the practice of transfusions in ...

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New Contrast Agent to Help Fight Cancer

New Contrast Agent to Help Fight Cancer

Researcher Kristina Djanashvili, from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, has developed a new contrast agent which can be used in MRI scans in order to better identify tumors. Her discovery should lead to earlier and more precise cancer ...

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2008 in Science, Medicine and Space

From a possible cure for Aids to a new discovery of quasiparticles, 2008 brought with it important scientific and medical advances as well as great disappointments such as the unexpected malfunction of the Large Hadron Collider, which postponed the multi ...

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Filtering out Cancer from the Bloodstream

Filtering out Cancer from the Bloodstream

A team of scientists from Cornell University, lead by Professor Michael King, has created a new means of fighting cancer cells within patients’ blood using a device that is designed to kill tumor cells before the disease gets a chance ...

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Purple Tomatoes to Fight Cancer

Purple Tomatoes to Fight Cancer

Don’t you just love it when simply eating something tasty helps you fight and prevent disease? Researchers from the John Innes Centre in Norwich, U.K. have genetically modified a tomato so that in addition to having a ravishing purple hue, ...

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