Fighting Cancer

September 30, 2022

Human Tumours Are Prized Real Estate for Fungi, Study Finds

Cancer tumours contain multiple species of fungi that differ per tumour type, according to a large study led by researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science and the University of...

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September 9, 2022

Putting Liquid Biopsies on Solid Ground: Cancer Diagnosis from a Millilitre of Blood

Blood tests – simple, noninvasive and economically feasible – promise to become the next major milestone in cancer diagnosis. However, most of these tests, dubbed liquid biopsies, are currently not...

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June 28, 2022

Curbing Candida: The Cells That Keep Fungal Infections at Bay

Of all the fungi that live in the human body, the most infamous is probably the yeast Candida. This distant cousin of baker’s yeast is notorious for causing various types...

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March 24, 2022

Antibodies Fight Cancer Too

Immunotherapies for cancer rely on recruiting the patient’s immune system, but they still fall far short of tapping into the entire arsenal of the body’s natural defences. In fact, most...

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October 16, 2021

Making Cancer Immunotherapy More Accessible

Immunotherapy has sparked new hope for people with cancer, but for it to work, the patient’s immune system must be able to ‘see’ the tumour. There are ways of enhancing...

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March 20, 2021

Bacteria May Aid Anti-Cancer Immune Response

Cancer immunotherapy may get a boost from an unexpected direction: bacteria residing within tumour cells. In a new study published in Nature, researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science and...

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February 28, 2021

Uncovering the Anti-Myeloma Resistance Files

Multiple myeloma patients live much longer today than in the past, thanks to new targeted anti-myeloma drugs, but ultimately most develop resistance to the medications, and in some the disease...

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December 20, 2020

How Cancers Hurt Themselves to Hurt Immune Cells More

A study of melanoma cells explains a puzzling response they exhibit to ward off T cell attacks.  Cancers like melanoma are hard to treat, not least because they have a...

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August 12, 2020

New Method Sees Into More Cells Than Ever Before

A new technology developed at the Weizmann Institute of Science may help answer outstanding questions about the immune system, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and more. Invading cells’ private space – prying into...

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July 22, 2020

A New Approach to Tailoring Cancer Therapy: Tapping into Signalling Activities in Cancer Cells

Choosing the right drug for each cancer patient is key to successful treatment, but currently physicians have few reliable pointers to guide them in designing treatment protocols. Researchers at the...

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September 16, 2019

Cancer Protocols: A New Approach to Predicting Treatment Outcomes

New Weizmann Institute of Science research shows heterogeneity in melanoma tumours prevents effective immune responses. Diversity – at least among cancer cells – is not a good thing. Weizmann research...

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May 22, 2019

The ‘Hippo Pathway’ Keeps Cancer at Bay

A cancer research project conducted recently at the Weizmann Institute of Science evokes an unusual image: hippos. The research is not about the weighty, mud-basking mammals, but about the ‘Hippo...

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May 4, 2019

TOOKAD® Gains European Approval for Prostate Cancer

In collaboration with scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science, privately owned company Steba Biotech conducted extensive research and development on the prostate cancer drug TOOKAD®, which has now received...

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January 10, 2019

‘Frustration’ Key to Cell Migration

When a group must work by consensus but each member has its own direction, the result can be frustration and inaction. But sometimes, the frustration can give way to a new...

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December 8, 2018

Profiling a Killer in Warm Blood

Cancer arises when cells lose control. Deciphering the ‘blueprint’ of cancer cells – outlining how cancer cells hijack specific pathways for uncontrolled proliferation – will lead to more efficient ways...

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November 11, 2018

‘Undead’ Cell Migration Highlights Personalised Cancer Treatment

If the molecular machines in our cells were as noisy as their factory-sized counterparts, our bodies would be constantly humming. A cell’s demolition machines – enzymes called caspases that under...

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September 29, 2018

Ultra-Personalised Therapy for Melanoma on Horizon

The recovery rates in new immunotherapy treatments for melanoma have risen dramatically, in some cases to around 50%, but these could go higher. A new study led by researchers at...

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August 19, 2018

Disrupted Nitrogen Metabolism Might Spell Cancer

Nitrogen is a basic building block of all the body’s proteins, RNA and DNA, so cancerous tumors are greedy for this element. Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in...

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August 5, 2018

Combined Approach Offers Hope to Lung Cancer Patients Who Become Resistant to Drugs

New-generation lung cancer drugs have been effective in a large number of patients, but within about a year, the patients tend to develop resistance to the therapy. Researchers at the...

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July 29, 2018

‘Re-educating’ Cancer Cells Could Reverse Malignancy

It doesn’t often happen that army generals switch sides in the middle of a war, but when cancer’s attack is underway, it may even cause a gene that acts as...

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