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Science News and Current Events for January 29, 2017


Liverpool to coordinate £14 million drug safety research project
The University of Liverpool is to coordinate a new £14 million European research project which aims to improve the understanding of adverse drug reactions by using cutting-edge modelling approaches to drug safety.
Diabetes or its rapid deterioration can be an early warning sign for pancreatic cancer
Patients and their doctors should be aware that the onset of diabetes, or a rapid deterioration in existing diabetes that requires more aggressive treatment, could be a sign of early, hidden pancreatic cancer, according to research presented at the European Cancer Congress 2017.
Engineers create artificial skin that 'feels' temperature changes
A new artificial skin made from pectin is capable of sensing temperature changes using a mechanism similar to the way pit vipers sense prey.
Some early breast cancer patients benefit more from breast conservation than from mastectomy
Breast conserving therapy (BCT) is better than mastectomy for patients with some types of early breast cancer, according to results from the largest study to date, presented at ECC2017.
Breath test could help detect stomach and esophageal cancers
A test that measures the levels of five chemicals in the breath has shown promising results for the detection of cancers of the esophagus and stomach, according to research presented at the European Cancer Congress 2017.
Sharks show novel changes in their immune cancer-related genes
Research scientists at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and Cornell University have been studying the genetics of great white and great hammerhead sharks, and their work brings us a few steps closer to understanding -- from a genetic sense -- why sharks exhibit some characteristics that are highly desirable by humans (specifically, rapid wound healing and possible higher resistance to cancers).

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