Gene "bookmarking" regulates the fate of stem cells
12 hours ago
A protein that stays attached on chromosomes during cell division plays a critical role in determining the type of cell that stem cells can become. The discovery, made by EPFL scientists, has significant implications for ...
New computational model provides a tool for improving the production of valuable drugs
Dec 01, 2016
An extensive study involving partners from five continents has resulted in a model describing the metabolism of Chinese hamster ovary cells (CHO). This model can be used to improve and accelerate the production of biotherapeutics, ...
New strategy may drop cancer's guard
Nov 30, 2016
A drug used now to treat Type 2 diabetes may someday help beat breast and ovarian cancers, but not until researchers decode the complex interactions that in some cases help promote tumors, according to Rice University scientists.
Nanotechnology a 'green' approach to treating liver cancer
Nov 29, 2016
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 700,000 new cases of liver cancer are diagnosed worldwide each year. Currently, the only cure for the disease is to surgically remove the cancerous part of the liver or ...
New tool to track circulating cancer cells
Nov 22, 2016
Cancerous tumours are known to release cells into the bloodstream, and it is these circulating tumour cells or CTCs that are the sources of metastatic tumours – tumours that spread and form in distant locations in the body. ...
'Freeze-frame' proteins show how cancer evolves: Researchers capture elusive clues about cells' path to cancer
Nov 18, 2016
Scientists from Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and other institutions are using synthetic biology to capture elusive, short-lived snippets of DNA that healthy cells produce on their way to becoming cancerous.
Engineer develops model to predict behavior of cell clusters
Nov 16, 2016
An engineer at Washington University in St. Louis discovered a model in which the mechanics of the cells' environment can predict their movement, a finding that ultimately could mean confining cell transition in tumors and ...
Researchers create therapy that curbs toxic chemotherapy effects
Nov 14, 2016
Virginia Tech scientists have developed a new cancer drug that uses gold nanoparticles created by the biotech firm CytImmune Sciences to deliver paclitaxel—a commonly used chemotherapy drug directly to a tumor.
Researchers shed light on process of programmed mitochondrial cell death
Nov 02, 2016
Employing a novel sensor made of graphene - a one-atom-thin layer of carbon - University of California, Irvine researchers have gained new insight into the process of programmed cell death in mitochondria, possibly opening ...
New method for encapsulating single cells within tunable microgels could boost efficacy of cell-based therapies
Oct 31, 2016
Alginate hydrogels - which are derived from the polysaccharide found in brown seaweed - have emerged as an effective material for manipulating cells and tissues due to their biocompatibility and the ability to tune their ...