cancer

When Will We Have a Cure for All Forms of Cancer?

When Will We Have a Cure for All Forms of Cancer?

Cancer is, without a doubt, one of the most dreaded diagnoses a person can receive in their lifetime. While there are many forms of cancer and their respective prognosis depend on a multitude of factors — such as the patient, the cancer’s stage, and available treatments — for the millions of people who will be diagnosed this year, the word “cancer” is still a frightening one to hear.

How a nasty, brain-eating parasite could help us fight cancer

How a nasty, brain-eating parasite could help us fight cancer

We’ve known since the turn of the 20th century that some infectious diseases are a major risk for developing specific cancers. More worryingly, about one-sixth of cancers worldwide are attributable to infectious agents. Globally, more than 2m cancer cases are linked to certain carcinogenic viral, bacterial or parasitic agents. Two-thirds of these occur in developing countries.

Tracing a cellular family tree - New technique allows tracking of gene expression over generations of cells as they specialize.

Tracing a cellular family tree - New technique allows tracking of gene expression over generations of cells as they specialize.

By combining sophisticated RNA sequencing technology with a new device that isolates single cells and their progeny, MIT researchers can now trace detailed family histories for several generations of cells descended from one “ancestor.”