Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 06, 2013
Blood tests can provide fuller picture of mutations in cancer than traditional biopsies do
Dana-Farber researchers find that a blood test can provide a fuller picture of cancer mutations in gastrointestinal stromal tumors than biopsies.

Targeted toxin active in platinum-resistant ovarian cancers
Dana-Farber researchers find novel antibody-guided drug achieves responses in platinum drug-resistant ovarian cancer.

Flies model a potential sweet treatment for Parkinson's disease
Researchers from Tel Aviv University describe experiments with fruit fly larvae that could lead to a new approach for treating Parkinson's disease using a common sweetener, mannitol.

2-step ovarian cancer immunotherapy made from patients' own tumor shows promise
As many as three-quarters of advanced ovarian cancer patients appeared to respond to a new two-step immunotherapy approach -- including one patient who achieved complete remission -- according to research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that will be presented today in a press conference at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013.

Flies reveal kidney stones in-the-making
Thomas Chi, MD, Clinical Instructor and Endourology and Laparoscopy Fellow in the Department of Urology at the University of California, San Francisco, will discuss experiments using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, which provide a glimpse of kidney stone formation and the identification of the important role zinc plays in the disease process in flies and in people.
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