Time to pop the champagne – 100,000 genomes have been reached. Well done Genomics England!
Oncology is the most advanced area in genomics right now. The field is setting the standard for other indications to follow and improve upon.
A universal test which can detect traces of any cancer in a patient’s bloodstream in ten minutes has been developed by scientists from the University of Queensland. As it stands the test has a sensitivity of 90%, so is able to detect 90 in 100 cases of cancer.
UC San Francisco scientists have figured out why some lung cancers become drug-resistant after initially responding to targeted therapies.
Single nucleotide variations could be the key to better identification of tumour subpopulations
One of the big issues with chemotherapy is that most treatment approaches focus on the tumour itself without paying significant attention to the microenvironment surrounding the tumour. A new method seeks to solve that.
The Novartis CAR-T cell therapy, Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel), will be made available to patients under the age of 25 via the Cancer Drugs Fund.
Scientists have found a cause for the frequent and damaging events in cancer cells’ genetic material where sections of individual chromosomes were broken at a number of points and reassembled wrongly, so entire sections were missing and others were duplicated or incorporated in a wrong orientation.
Microfluidics for use in single cell applications is growing in popularity, as scientists are taking advantage of increasing numbers of commercially available systems enabling high throughput analysis of single cells.
A new technology known as “Pattern to Knowledge” (P2K) has been created by researchers at the University of Waterloo to predict the binding of biosequences in only seconds. The new development could radically speed up discovery of new drugs and reduce the need for expensive laboratory tests.
Tumours are helped in their development by mutating the most important cancer-prevention gene, p53, scientists from Melbourne have found. The study, published in Genes and Development, found that mutant p53 prevents the regular p53 protein from activating its natural defences, increasing the risk of the cancer spreading.
Scientists from Cancer Research UK in Cambridge have advanced research into liquid biopsies for brain tumours by detecting tumour DNA in the fluid around the spine and brain.
If you’ve been part of the GeoMx DSP Technology Access Program, then you’ll already know why this is so exciting. If you haven’t heard about it yet, then you should make sure you’re sitting down – yes it really is that exciting.
AMP 2018: Decoding the Cancer Genome: Breakthrough AI Technology Quickly Identifies Actionable Mutations
Explosive advances in next-generation sequencing (NGS) have greatly improved the ability to identify actionable cancer mutations, both for solid and hematological malignancies, and sparked a new era of oncology care. But accurate analysis and proper interpretation of the complex genomic data produced by NGS remain key hurdles.
Cells settling in an organ other than the correct one during embryogenesis are often the cause of rare ovarian and pancreatic cancers which affect only young women, researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) have found.