Posts Tagged: cancer


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New webinar: HER2, CTCs and tumor stemness

About 20–30% of breast cancer tumors overexpress the oncogene human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), which – if not treated with a targeted anti-HER2 regimen – leads to higher aggressiveness and mortality. Recently, a number of studies have shown that expression of HER2 in circulating tumor cells (CTCs) varies compared to expression in primary tumors…. Read article →


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Understanding tumor heterogeneity with gene expression analysis

Strategies to counter tumor heterogeneity are high on the wish list of oncologists and cancer researchers. Within a single tumor, cells can differ in size, proliferation rate and ability to metastasize. Most significantly for physicians and patients, they can also differ in their sensitivity to chemotherapy. How can we best understand and investigate this aspect… Read article →


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Epigenetics research and its significance in cancer

Introduction to epigenetics and techniques There has been a great interest in the study of epigenetic mechanisms and DNA methylation in many areas of research, including DNA repair, cell cycle control, developmental biology, cancer research, identification of biomarkers, predisposition factors and potential drug targets. Lately I’ve been immersed in this field via my close work… Read article →


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Novel digital sequencing technology promises to advance oncology research

As research uncovers the underlying mutations and mechanisms that drive oncogenesis and cancer progression, it’s becoming clearer that cures are likely to come not from a single silver bullet, but from identifying each individual’s personal cancer drivers. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) is the leading strategy for finding sequence variants and fusion genes responsible for cancer, and targeted… Read article →