A research team at the University of Virginia reports possible progress in fighting ovarian, breast, uterine, renal, head and neck and pancreatic cancers, and if you’re a taxpayer in Virginia, you’re an investor.
Dr. John Herr is a specialist in human reproduction, and he’s identified a specific protein on the surface of mature human eggs. Search other places in the bodies of men and women, and you won’t find that protein – unless the individuals in question have cancer. Herr and Dr. Eusebio Pires report the protein, called SAS1B, shows up on many different tumors:
It's not often that the public hears of a positive outcome from a mass social media movement, but a Fredericksburg boy battling cancer has been given a second chance after his community issued a call for help.
Josh Hardy's school principal describes how their community rallied to support the family and convince a pharmaceutical company to answer that call.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled companies cannot patent human genes, it may be cheaper to have a genetic test that identifies women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, but the test is not appropriate for most women and might provide a false sense of security.