Life Science

Interesting biological connection

SINGAPORE, Oct. 25–A scientific conference on stem cells, senescence and cancer opened here on Tuesday with the participation of about 500 top biomedical research scientists and clinicians from United States, Europe and Asia… The Singapore conference, organized by Keystone Symposia, the well-known organizer of scientific conferences, is the first scientific meeting of its kind to be held outside of North ...

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Nanos (and I don't mean iPods) may detect cancer

Amazingly one of the first benefits of nanotechnology may be really, really sensitive detectors of cancer. Harvard University researchers have found that molecular markers indicating the presence of cancer in the body are readily detected in blood scanned by special arrays of silicon nanowires — even when these cancer markers constitute only one hundred-billionth of the protein present in a ...

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Where to turn?

This morning’s NY Times has a fascinating article about the difficulties people with serious illnesses are having with the overwhelming amount of information that is available to them and about how uncomfortable they are making the choices they often face as "autonomous" decision makers. The article starts with the experience of a woman with ovarian cancer. When given differing suggestions ...

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Nanotubes and lasers to battle cancer

Little submarine robots attacking cancer cells? Not quite, but nanodevices have a future in cancer therapy. From Scientific American: Carbon nanotubes–tiny straws of pure carbon–have many properties that make them attractive for applications as varied as nanoelectronics and nanofibers. Scientists are recruiting carbon nanotubes in the fight against cancer, too. A report published online this week by the Proceedings of ...

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