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RGCC scientists develop novel new approach to inhibiting SARS-COV-2 replication

RGCC researchers have developed a new approach to tackling COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) that could form the basis of a new treatment option. Laboratory tests have established that the new treatments were effective at inhibiting the spread of the disease. The next stage will see them progress to develop a drug delivery system, a further step before […]

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New cancer vaccine effective in 75% of tumours

A new cancer vaccine is 75% effective at eliminating cancerous tumours in mice, say scientists at the University of Konstanz. The combination treatment includes a powerful immunostimulant and a targeted immunotherapy called a cancer checkpoint inhibitor in one dose. Described by the team as a “potent cancer vaccine”, the combination therapy is already being tested […]

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New blood test can diagnose cancer without tumour sample

US scientists have developed the world’s first ‘tumour-uninformed’ test that can detect cancer DNA circulating in the blood of cancer patients following treatment. The liquid biopsy test enables clinicians to test for cancer without needing a sample of tumour tissue. It’s an exciting development and adds yet more evidence to the potential for liquid biopsies […]

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New Genistein capsule offers improved cancer-killing properties

RGCC scientists have developed a new anti-cancer dietary supplement that’s 34% more effective than the leading brand. Led by RGCC’s Dr Ioannis Papasotiriou, the new product offers yet more evidence of the potential for dietary supplements in the battle against cancer. It also demonstrates RGCC’s cutting-edge research and discovery capabilities. Genistein is a naturally occurring […]

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Personalised cancer vaccine 45% effective at targeting tumours

Researchers have developed an effective vaccine that re-engineers cells from a patient’s tumour to target and destroy cancer cells. The results, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Oncology, show that 45% of patients treated with an autologous cell vaccine, created from their own cancer cells, had a confirmed anti-tumour response. The findings provide more […]

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Scientists farm natural “cancer-killing” exomes

US researchers have developed the first systemic way to catch and release cancer-killing packets, called exomes. Thousands of times smaller than natural killer (NK) cells, natural killer exomes can better penetrate cancer cells and destroy them. The authors hope that the ability to capture NK exomes could lead to more advanced and personalised treatments for […]

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Cancer mutation test could improve early disease detection

Researchers have developed a new method for assessing whether genetic mutations, passed from parent to child, increase cancer risk. They have identified 1146 genes, called cancer heritability genes (CHGs) that may increase a person’s likelihood of developing cancer during life. The new test could improve early diagnosis and the development of better-targeted treatments for patients. […]

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Scientists develop improved cancer biomarkers

Researchers have developed a new method for identifying biomarkers that could improve diagnosis and improve outcomes for patients. The Cell Heterogeneity-Adjusted cLonal Methylation (CHALM) method developed by scientists enables them to identify biomarkers that may be missed by traditional techniques, potentially leading to more accurate tests for diagnosing cancer. DNA methylation is a genetic process […]

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New combination immunotherapy delivers knockout blow to lung cancer

Scientists have discovered that combining two existing forms of immunotherapy together is more effective at treating lung cancer. Working together, the two therapies deliver a one-two punch, targeting and then destroying lung tumour cells. The two-step therapy uses a patients’ immune cells to fight cancer. Scientists extract these “natural killers” from a patients’ tumour or […]

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Scientists identify nine genes associated with breast cancer risk

In the biggest research project of its type ever completed, a European research team has analysed DNA samples from over 100,000 women and identified nine specific genes associated with breast cancer risk. Scientists and experts believe findings could help improve screening and the development of new, personalised treatments for the disease. In an incredible and […]

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CTCs can play a key role in improving metastatic breast cancer treatment

Circulating tumour cells (CTCs) can play a crucial role in improving treatments for metastatic breast cancer, scientists have found. The simple blood test can provide clinicians with a reliable predictor of whether a treatment will be successful in less than a month, an audience at the 2020 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium heard in December. […]

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The future of liquid biopsy

UK scientists have discovered that liquid biopsy tests are 99% accurate at picking up crucial genetic mutations in patients with returning breast cancer. Researchers studying the potential for liquid biopsies have concluded that circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) testing can provide an accurate genomic profile of advanced cancer, without the need for an invasive and potentially […]

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