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The Tisch Cancer Institute and Precision Immunology Institute at Mount Sinai Launch Center for Computational Immunology

Newswise — (New York, NY – May 9, 2019) — The Tisch Cancer Institute and the Precision Immunology Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have launched the Center for Computational Immunology, a hub that will help researchers studying cancer, genomics, machine learning, and immunology collaborate to find better targeted immunotherapies for patients. Benjamin … Continued

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President Bruce Stillman wins prestigious Gairdner Award

Cold Spring Harbor, NY — Dr. Bruce Stillman, President and CEO of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), has been awarded the 2019 Canada Gairdner International Award in honor of his pivotal contributions to basic research. The Canada Gairdner International Award recognizes researchers who have made seminal discoveries or contributions to biomedical science. Dr. Stillman is being honored for “pioneering … Continued

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Study identifies link between DNA-protein binding, cancer onset

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and their collaborators at other institutions have identified a link between how proteins bind to our DNA and how cancer develops. This finding may allow researchers to predict cancer pathways and long-term patient outcomes. The research focuses on chromatin, the DNA-protein complex where all genes reside. Specifically, it evaluates chromatin’s … Continued

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New mRNA Cancer Drivers Revealed in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – New evidence has emerged today showing that the inactivation or alteration of cancer suppressor genes can take place even if DNA itself remains unaltered. Reporting in Nature, investigators demonstrated that changes in mRNA due to a process called intronic polyadenylation (IPA) can drive development of some cancers by altering gene expression in … Continued

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Researchers identify way to grow immune cells at large scale for preventing cancer reoccurrence

For the first time, Mount Sinai researchers have identified a way to make large numbers of immune cells that can help prevent cancer reoccurrence, according to a study published in August in Cell Reports. The researchers discovered a way to grow the immune cells, called dendritic cells, at large scale in the lab to study them … Continued

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‘Hijacked’ cell response to stress reveals promising drug targets for blood cancer

A signaling pathway that helps promote normal cell growth worsens a form of leukemia by taking control of another pathway better known for protecting cells from biological stress, a new study shows. The discovery that the NOTCH1 pathway takes control of heat shock transcription factor 1 (HSF1) signaling in T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or … Continued

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Researchers discover new type of lung cancer

Cold Spring Harbor, NY — Researchers have discovered a new kind of small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). The discovery paves the way for developing personalized medicine approaches to target this previously unnoticed form of the disease. “Cancer is not one thing, it’s actually hundreds of distinct diseases.” This common refrain helps explain the frustrating experience oncologists have … Continued

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Study reveals a way to make prostate cancer cells run out of energy and die

Cold Spring Harbor, NY – Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have discovered that cells lacking the tumor-suppressor protein PTEN–a feature of many cancers– are particularly vulnerable to drugs that impair their energy-producing mitochondria. Such drugs induce them to literally eat themselves to death, the research shows. Unlike normal cells, cells without PTEN seem … Continued

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Quentis Therapeutics Debuts with $48 Million Series A Financing to Advance First-in-Class Immunotherapies Targeting Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Response Pathways

–Versant-seeded company focused on applying novel biology to boost anti-tumor immunity– —Foundational science stems from landmark ER stress biology research at Weill Cornell Medicine— —Michael Aberman, M.D., former SVP of Strategy for Regeneron, appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer— NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Quentis Therapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company pursuing next-generation immuno-oncology research and drug development, … Continued

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Machine Learning for Building Personalized Cancer Nanomedicines: Interview with Dr. Daniel Heller

Researchers at the Sloan Kettering Institute and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York have developed a machine learning approach to design personalized nanoparticle therapies for cancer. Personalized cancer therapies aim to provide a treatment that is tailored to the genetic makeup of a patient’s tumor. They can still cause side effects, however, when they … Continued

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