Using Algae to Manufacture a Malaria Vaccine
Aug18

Using Algae to Manufacture a Malaria Vaccine

Malaria is a deadly disease transmitted by mosquitoes carrying the plasmodium parasite. To prevent the parasite from infecting mosquitoes, researchers at the University of San Diego look to a special toxic substance. Despite its rarity, scientists have shown that algae can be used as a mini-factory to produce the substance in large quantities.

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BREAKING: Cells Mutiny after Communicating with Cancer
Jul07

BREAKING: Cells Mutiny after Communicating with Cancer

Every story has its good and bad guys. But what if you can no longer tell the difference, a situation that occurs when cancer cells force the body’s immune cells into mutiny. Essentially, cells that are supposed to protect you from disease turn on you and support cancer.

Could there be a happy ending to this tragic tale of mutiny? Find out more on cSw.

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Immunoengineering a Better Cancer Treatment
May14

Immunoengineering a Better Cancer Treatment

BREAKING: Cancer treatment doesn’t have to be harmful to the body. A team at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University has engineered the immune system to fight cancer cells directly.

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Spicing Up Tumor Treatment With Silibinin
Feb28

Spicing Up Tumor Treatment With Silibinin

A different application of the same substance can yield amazing results. Silibinin, an extract of the milk thistle plant, has long been used as a supplemental treatment for liver disease. Research at the University of Colorado, however, is showing that silibinin can be used for so much more—in particular, to treat tumors, both cancerous and otherwise.

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A New Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Therapy: Wasp Venom
Feb12

A New Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Therapy: Wasp Venom

Spanish scientists are using the poison in wasp venom to develop a new weapon in the battle against breast cancer. Other researchers are exploring ways to incorporate wasp venom in a new class of anticancer drugs designed to attack different parts of cancer cells at the same time.

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Who Let The Bugs Out? Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Could Stop Zika
Dec10

Who Let The Bugs Out? Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Could Stop Zika

Oxitec, a British biotech company, is combatting the spread of Zika virus, dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya, by reducing the mosquito population through genetic engineering. Or rather, letting the bugs limit themselves. Fewer mosquitos? Fewer diseases spread.

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