Study calls out the genes that make cancer cells so hard to kill

Researchers from the University of Toronto published a new map of cancer cells' genetic defenses against treatment.

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  • Developing immunotherapies for cancers is made more difficult by how different tumors are from each other.
  • Some cancers are actually made worse by immunotherapy.
  • A piece falls into place on the complicated puzzle of genetic interactions of cancer cells.
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    Even as the COVID-19 pandemic cripples the economy and kills hundreds of people each day, there is another epidemic that continues to kill tens of thousands of people each year through opioid drug overdose.

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    4 key questions to challenge your views on genetic engineering

    New research shows how Americans feel about genetic engineering, human enhancement and automation.

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    • A review of Pew Research studies reveals the views of Americans on the role of science in society.
    • 4 key questions were asked to gauge feelings on genetic engineering, automation and human enhancement.
    • Americans are split in how they view technology and many worry about its growing role.
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    Chinese scientist gets jail for rogue gene editing

    A punishment is handed down for performing shocking research on human embryos.

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    • In November 2018, a Chinese scientist claimed he'd flouted ethics and the law to edit genes in human embryos.
    • Other Chinese scientists call He Jiankui's research "crazy."
    • Three gene-modified babies are now living in China, future uncertain.
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    New CRISPR tools can cut, splice whole chromosomes

    Experts are saying it's a "huge step forward for synthetic biology."

    • Until recently, the gene-editing tool CRISPR has only been able to make changes within single genes.
    • The new tools allow scientists to cut and splice larger chunks of genetic material.
    • The findings will likely have major implications for a variety of research fields, and also allow researchers to create synthetic species that can produce molecules not made by natural organisms.
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