How cancer cells spread and squeeze through tiny blood vessels
Jun 29, 2016
The spread of cancer from a tumor's original location to other parts of the body can play a major role in whether the disease turns deadly. Many steps in this process, called metastasis, remain murky. But now scientists are ...
Cancer-causing virus mimics host signal to drive cell growth, protein production
Jun 27, 2016
As scientists identify ways that viruses exploit their host cells to make more copies of themselves, they are also uncovering clues to how these viral invaders can trigger cancerous cell growth.
Study finds contagious cancers are spreading among several species of shellfish
Jun 22, 2016
The oceans are home to innumerable and diverse species of marine life. A new paper, published in Nature, suggests that the watery medium that nourishes and protects this life may also promote the spread of certain cancers, ...
New cancer fighter synthesized: Thailanstatin A disrupts cancer by inhibiting DNA-editing machinery
Jun 20, 2016
Rice University scientists have synthesized a novel anti-cancer agent, Thailanstatin A, which was originally isolated from a bacterial species collected in Thailand.
New study explains how very aggressive cancer cells use energy to divide, move
Jun 14, 2016
Cancer cells and normal cells both divide and move, but with cancer cells it's like they're on steroids: everything is bigger, faster, more.
Drug candidate shrinks tumor when delivered by plant virus nanoparticle
Jun 08, 2016
In a pair of firsts, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shown that the drug candidate phenanthriplatin can be more effective than an approved drug in vivo, and that ...
New chemical 'sponges' designed to soak up toxic cancer-fighting drugs after targeting tumors
Jun 07, 2016
Doctors have a powerful arsenal of cancer-fighting chemotherapy drugs to choose from, though a key challenge is to better target these drugs to kill tumors while limiting their potentially harmful side effects.
New nanoparticle-based contrast agent that is pH dependent
Jun 06, 2016 report
(Phys.org)—A new type of nanoparticle-based MRI contrast agent demonstrates selectivity for tumor cells over non-cancerous cells, can detect hypoxia, and is sensitive enough allow for the detection of difficult-to-find ...
Prodding leukemia cells with nanoprobes could provide cancer clues
Jun 02, 2016
Giving blood cells a gentle squeeze can reveal a great deal about their health. To find out more, researchers in France have used a tiny force probe to compare the mechanical responses of healthy and cancerous hematopoietic ...
Molecular probe that emits light at critical stages while destroying tumor cells
Jun 02, 2016
A multifunctional molecular probe that can destroy cancer cells has been designed by A*STAR researchers. Unlike other probes that monitor only a single process, the new probe emits red and green light while killing cells, ...