Today is World AIDS Day — a day dedicated for people around the world to unite in spreading awareness about the disease and to contribute towards education and finding a cure. Tech companies are joining the effort, too, painting a lot of their tech a fetching shade of red.
We always knew gamers had serious smarts, but now the rest of the world knows it, too. Gamers have been listed alongside scientists as responsible for cracking the code of how an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus is put together.
A promising new treatment for blood cancers uses a disabled form of HIV-1 to seek out and kill cancer cells. If the treatment holds up under further study, it could revolutionize how cancer is treated.
Treating cancer is difficult because there's no easy way for a treatment to differentiate between healthy cells and cancerous cells. Somehow, you need to know if a cell is cancerous, then treat it, or else don't touch it. It would be great if we could program cells themselves with that logic, and as it turns out, we can.
Researchers from Ohio State University have figured out how the enzyme responsible for repairing tissues damaged by radiation does its work. Specifically, we're talking about the type of the radiation burns that we all get from time to time: sunburns, and this discovery could mean a lotion that doesn't just make sunburns feel better, but actually cures them.
The stem cell research debate included lots of promises about how we would be able to get new body parts grown in a lab, and now it's actually happening. Last month a Swedish cancer patient had this rather gross looking artificial trachea implanted, just after it had been grown in a lab using the man's own stem cells.
Well this is some exciting news: a group of medical researchers from the U.S. and U.K. have developed a vaccine that successfully cures prostate cancer. In rats. But still, it's an amazing step forward.
This is fantastic news! A team of scientists at Harvard University and MIT have created a $200 scanner gizmo that can detect cancer in one hour. How life-changing is that?
Traveling for the holiday? Well, when presented with a choice between a full-body scanner and being felt up by a TSA employee, you might want to choose the latter. That's because a Columbia University radiation expert says that those scanners are "likely" to cause cancer.
It's fitting that the news comes during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — welcome, too — as a professor at the University of Manchester in the U.K. has developed a breast cancer scanner the size of a lunchbox.