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Drug Discovery Short-circuits Cancer Growth

February 9, 2009

A new drug that blocks cancer's main source of growth has been created in the lab and proven effective in mice, scientists are reporting. It is now being readied for clinical trials in patients. Far more potent than similar compounds already in clinical trial, the ...
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Lung Cancer Now Is the Focus of Powerful Genetics Research

February 4, 2009

Lung cancer research at UCSF is poised to leap forward, thanks to a big bank. No, not some teetering financial institution down the street. What UCSF has is an invaluable tissue bank. When it comes to lung tumors, the quantity and quality of UCSF's chilly-vault ...
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Brain Cells Growing Bad: A Conversation with David Rowitch

February 2, 2009

The deadliest brain cancers, called gliomas, remain somewhat mysterious to researchers, which may be why they are difficult to treat. Recently, a molecule called olig has emerged as a prime suspect from the lab of physician-researcher David Rowitch, MD, and his longtime collaborator, Charles D.
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Hypertension Lowers Survival in African American Women with Breast Cancer

January 27, 2009

Higher rates of hypertension in African American women compared with white women may account for some of the previously found racial disparities in overall survival among women with breast cancer, according to new research. UCSF epidemiologist Dejana Braithwaite, PhD, is among the significant number of ...
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Cancer-causing Gene Discovery Suggests New Therapies

January 23, 2009

Scientists have discovered a novel way by which a much-studied cancer-promoting gene accelerates the disease. The finding suggests a new strategy to halt cancer's progress. Up to now, research has largely focused on how the mutated gene, Myc, disrupts the ability of DNA to be ...
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In a Human Virus, New Method to ID MicroRNA Targets Proves Its Value

January 20, 2009

MicroRNAs are a very important, newly recognized type of molecule naturally encoded within the human genome. MicroRNAs, or miRNAs, help determine which gene products are produced in a cell. Some miRNAs have been found to act abnormally in cancers, and a few years ago miRNAs ...