Scientists seek €1m funding for national ‘biobank’

Posted in Research on September 11th, 2014 by steve

“Irish scientists have warned that plans for a national network of storage facilities for tissue and blood samples used for cancer research are in jeopardy because of a failure by the Government to deliver promised investment …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 11 September]

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Coming out of the scientific closet: unapologetic about basic research

Posted in Research on December 11th, 2012 by steve

“In order to cure specific diseases, the new paradigm is for researchers to focus almost exclusively on ‘translational’ studies directly related to diagnostics and treatment. But is this wise? …” (more)

[Steve Caplan, Guardian, 11 December]

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NYU medical research is set back years by dead laboratory mice

Posted in Research on November 1st, 2012 by steve

“Thousands of lab mice drowned on Monday night as the Sandy storm surge flooded into New York University’s Smilow Research Building at the eastern edge of Manhattan. It will take several years — and many generations of careful inbreeding — to rebuild the colony, which included animals that had been genetically engineered for the study of melanoma …” (more)

[Daniel Engber, Slate Magazine, 1 November]

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Trinity discovery could cut spread of breast cancer

Posted in Research on June 1st, 2011 by steve

“Researchers in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) have discovered that blocking a particular stress response can significantly reduce the spread of breast cancer. The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, looked at women diagnosed with breast cancer in Ireland between 2000 and 2007 …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 1 June]

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Belfast researchers find new way to ‘starve’ cancer cells

Posted in Research on April 5th, 2011 by steve

“Researchers in Belfast have come up with a new way to kill off cancer cells – one that starves the cancer to death. Announced by Queen’s University Belfast this morning, the discovery could be tested in human trials in as little as 12 months …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 5 April]

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