Cancer & Disease Research
New algorithm enables comparisons of tumors across patients
Researchers have developed an algorithm that can take either single-cell mass cytometry data or RNA sequencing data, align it, and extract a common denominator for comparing cancer data among patients. The algorithm, called tuMap, was detailed in a study published on October 7 in Cell Systems. Read More
Cancer Cell Map Initiative reveals protein interactions that drive cancer
A research group has mapped previously unknown interactions between proteins that drive cancer, thereby revealing potential new biomarkers and drug targets. The findings were published in a trio of papers in Science on October 1. Read More
'Minibrains' grown from stem cells replicate brain's electrical activity
Researchers have grown 3D human brain tissue from stem cells that replicates the patterns of electrical activity found in the brains of patients with Rett syndrome. These "minibrain organoids" can be used to investigate the underlying causes of neurological disease and screen and test potential drug candidates, according to research published on August 23 in Nature Neuroscience. Read More
Researchers create 3D tumor models with cells from patients
Using tissue samples from cancer patients, Israeli researchers have successfully printed an active, viable glioblastoma 3D tumor model. In addition to potential applications in personalized medicine, the achievement promises to speed drug development and increase the chances that developed drugs will succeed in clinical trials. The results were published August 18 in Science Advances. Read More
Machine learning identifies genes important for cancer growth
Using machine learning, researchers have developed a method that evaluates the contributions of all possible tumor mutations to the development and progression of cancer. The results of the study were published in Nature on July 28. Read More
Google Cloud launches Healthcare Data Engine
Google Cloud announced the preview of Healthcare Data Engine, a tool for healthcare and life sciences organizations that integrates and standardizes data from multiple silos, including medical records, claims, clinical trials, and research data. Read More
Amazon announces availability of HealthLake cloud repository
Internet services giant Amazon Web Services has announced that its HealthLake cloud-based data repository is now available for use by healthcare and life sciences organizations. Read More
Swiss health data network fuels personalized medicine with data-sharing model
A nationwide data network has been built in Switzerland to support the exchange and reuse of health-related data produced in biomedical and clinical research settings. The strategy, which could serve as a model for how other countries can accelerate the development of personalized medicine, was recently described in an article in JMIR Medical Informatics. Read More
Future of small-molecule drugs lies in oral formulations
The way forward for small-molecule drug manufacturers is through orally administered products, according to Spiro Rombotis, president and CEO of Cyclacel, who recently spoke with ScienceBoard.net. Read More
Innovation in single-cell sequencing unlocks 10x more data from each cell
A new single-cell sequencing method yields at least 10 times more data for each individual cell compared to previous techniques. The method, published in Nature Biotechnology on July 5, may help cancer researchers uncover new insights into the biological underpinnings of cancer such as drug resistance. Read More
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Northeast Regional Laboratory Staff and Core Directors (NERLSCD) 2021
November 3-5
Portsmouth, New Hampshire United States
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November 9-11
Milan, Lombardia Italy
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November 10-14
Washington, DC, District of Columbia United States
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