Finally, a light in the darkness: New genetic testing of tumors provides more accurate predictions than ever.
Biology / Cancer / Uncategorized

Finally, a light in the darkness: New genetic testing of tumors provides more accurate predictions than ever.

By Alex Bernstein Until quite recently, oncologists, despite all of the progress that has been made in the field, could at best make educated guesses when asked about survival chances by patients. When Cassandra Caton, an 18-year-old tragically diagnosed with a large melanoma growth inside her eye, asked, “Am I going to die, is my … Continue reading

Telomerase Mapped: Locating the “Fountain of Youth”
Biology / Cancer

Telomerase Mapped: Locating the “Fountain of Youth”

By Ian MacArthur In 1978 Elizabeth Blackburn and Joseph Gall published their work on telomeres, the regions on the ends of chromosomes comprised of simple, repetitive DNA sequences. This work constituted the first venture into elucidating the nature of the structures believed to play an important role in aging and cancer. Now, scientists at the … Continue reading

Even Devils Are No Match For a Contagious Cancer
Biology / Cancer

Even Devils Are No Match For a Contagious Cancer

The end of the Devil? Well, the Tasmanian devil that is. Sadly, that might well soon become a reality as a fatal contagious cancer is decimating the population of this marsupial. Found exclusively in Tasmania as their name suggests, devils, scientifically known as Sarcophilus harrisii, are small, primarily nocturnal scavengers with an unusually small amount … Continue reading