There really is a depression gene

Cancer Research

Research by engineers and cancer biologists at Virginia Tech indicate that using specific silicon microdevices might provide a new way to screen breast cancer cells' ability to metastasize. More here

Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Eppley Cancer Center recently gained insight into how cells move around the body, which could lead to drugs that prevent cancers from spreading. Story

Actor Michael Douglas says he's beaten throat cancer. News

Genetics

An analysis of 54 studies suggests that there really is a depression gene that can affect how people respond to stressful life events. Story

Researchers discover a method for more precise identification of those who should undergo testing for genetic mutations of the tumor suppressor gene PTEN, which is associated with several types of cancers. More

Complete Genomics releases genome sequences from a well-studied Yoruba family. Complete Genomics release

Stem Cells

OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, a Redwood City, CA., company that develops stem cell therapeutics targeting cancer, has begun a Phase I clinical trial of OMP-59R5 in patients with advanced solid tumor cancers. OMP-59R5 is a monoclonal antibody that binds selected notch receptors and is the first antibody to specifically block these targets to enter human studies, according to the company. Release

Florida-based Bioheart says a stem cell study conducted by a Czech Republic scientist using the company's technology found promising results for patients at risk of losing limbs. Story

Dying wolf given stem cells stuns vets with recovery. Report

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