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New Cancer Treatment With 80-Percent Success Rate Put on Fast Track for U.S. Approval

A new cancer drug with no side effects and an 80 percent success rate in treating patients has gotten fast track approval in the U.S. reported 7.30. The drug, Venetoclax, functions by using the immune system to attack cancer cells.

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The Mystery of How Cancer Cells Barrel Through Your Body

IN 1995, WHILE he was a graduate student at McGill University in Montreal, the biomedical scientist Peter Friedlsaw something so startling it kept him awake for several nights. Coordinated groups of cancer cells he was growing in his adviser’s lab started moving through a network of fibers meant to mimic the spaces between cells in the human body.

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Alcohol Is Even Deadlier Than You Think, Study Suggests

A new study suggests that alcohol is a direct cause of cancer in several areas of the body.

The study, published Thursday in the scientific journal Addiction, consists of a major review of 10 years’ worth of studies from several organizations, including the World Cancer Research Fund, the American Institute for Cancer Research and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

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Are We Close to Having a Blood Test That Detects Cancer?

We’re about seven months into the “Cancer Moonshot” mission, the federal project with the ambitious goal of doubling the rate of progress of cancer research. It’s President Barack Obama’s reboot of the “War on Cancer,” which despite more than $100 billion in government spending since the 1970s didn’t really make a big difference in the overall cancer death rate in the U.S.

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RNA gene editing could stop viruses in their tracks

The gene editing technique CRISPR promises to treat all kinds ofgenetically-linked conditions, but it’s so far limited to tweaking DNA, not the RNA that does everything from carrying protein sequence info to regulating gene expression. That may change soon, however. Scientists have discovered that a commonplace mouth bacterium (Leptotrichia shahii) can be programmed to break down whatever RNA you want. You could rip apart viruses, which are frequently based solely around RNA, or kill a cancer cell by denying it the chance to make vital proteins.

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Scientists Say They’re One Step Closer to Universal Cancer Vaccine

Scientists are reportedly one step closer to creating a universal cancer vaccine that would cause the immune system to attack tumors like it were a virus. The breakthrough comes a couple of months after it was announced in February that the U.S. would move to test a lung cancer vaccine available in Cuba.

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