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HCC is the fifth most common cancer in the world and the third most frequent cause of cancer-related death. Only about 20% of HCC patients are eligible for surgical resection. Therefore, RFA has been used increasingly as a safe technique for treating hepatic tumors. However, for hypervascular HCC, RFA appears...
It has been shown that constitutively activated STAT3 is detected in many HCC cell lines and tissues. This suggests that STAT3 is a promising molecular target for HCC gene therapy. RNA interference (RNAi) is a post-transcriptional gene-silencing mechanism, in which the homologous RNA sequences could be introduced into cells that...
Anacor Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of small molecule drugs, has entered into a licensing and research agreement with not-for-profit Global Alliance for TB Drug Development or TB Alliance to explore a novel anti-bacterial drug target for use in tuberculosis therapy. Under the agreement, Anacor will provide...
A new diagnostic technique which may greatly simplify the detection of Alzheimer’s disease has been discovered by researchers at McGill University and the affiliated Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital (JGH). Their results were published June 8 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. There is...
Devon Parks doesn’t just believe in miracles — she says she has proof they exist. Parks’ 3-year-old son, Isaiah, was born with the rare disease called DiGeorge Syndrome, but he has outlived his 2-year life expectancy. He recently was named 2009 Child of the Year by the Pennsylvania Elks Home...
Worcester, MA — Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. (OTC:ACTC.PK) and its collaborators at OHSU reported today the long-term safety and efficacy of human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) produced under manufacturing conditions suitable for human clinical trials. Two important early potential hESC applications are the use of RPE...
Audentes Therapeutics (Nasdaq: BOLD), a biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing gene therapy products for patients living with serious, life-threatening rare diseases, today announced positive interim data from the first dose cohort of ASPIRO, a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of AT132 in patients with X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy (XLMTM). ASPIRO is a...
Australian and New Zealand researchers have accelerated research into Multiple Sclerosis by discovering two new locations of genes which will help to unravel the causes of MS and other autoimmune disease. Their findings will be published today in the prestigious journal Nature Genetics. “For decades the cause of MS has...