1 January 1970
Posted by: Richard Scrase
A chemical in broccoli can kill breast cancer cells and halt tumour growth, accroding to new research on mice.
Tests in both rats and patients have shown that chemotherapy delivered through the milk ducts of the nipple is more effective and leads to fewer side-effects than intravenous drug delivery.
Working with 'substitute' breast cancer stem cells and mice, scientists have discovered a chemical which can kill the cells that cause tumours to spread and return, even after seemingly successful treatment.
Research in mice has shown how the over expression (over production) of a small protein allows cancer cells to divide.
Scientists have identified a gene implicated in up to one fifth of breast cancers. The good news is that studies in mice seem to show a commonly-used blood pressure drug appears to reverse the effects of the gene.
Pig cornea transplant cures sight in 200 blind people
Some breast cancers do not respond to currently available chemotherapy.
The National Cancer Research Institute Conference discussed models for breast cancer research.
Prostate cancer and hereditary breast cancer could be linked by the same gene, research on mice suggests.
Cannibalism ,drunk monkeys, a new plague and more
Scientists have shown that the drug vorinostat is able to cross the blood-brain barrier, and reduce the development of brain tumours in mice.
The UK Home Office has released figures showing that the number of research procedures using animals last year increased by 3% to just over 3.7 million.
The latest completely irresponsible PeTA campaign uses a crass computer game to push its 'breasts not animal tests' message to children. The web is all a-twitter with reviews panning the game.
A selection of the news items we covered in our social media this month
'Thanks to decades of research, survival from cancer has doubled in the last 40 years, giving thousands of people more time with their loved ones.
Researchers have developed a new pain-free method of vaccination which does not involve an injection. Using mice they have shown that it is possible to deliver a vaccine orally by combining it with protective friendly bacteria.
Eye surgery and animal extinction
The spread of cancer to other organs has been reduced in mice by blocking an enzyme.