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Altered Virus Calls Out Hidden Cancer Cells--and Might Help Fight Them, Too
Most forms of cancer still must be spotted visually to be diagnosed. But if a newly devised virus can do the job, it could track down cancer cells too small or well hidden to be seen in scans. It might also help shrink tumors, too.
The virus in question is a herpes virus, modified genetically to act only on cancer cells.
Using mice, researchers injected the altered virus, which then "deliver[s] genetic information that induces a known blood biomarker for cancer to be secreted by cancer cells," Timothy Cripe, a physician in the Division of Oncology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and co-author of a new paper outlining the technique, said in a prepared statement.
The biomarker, Gaussia luciferase, is easy for researchers to spot via urine or blood tests. The virus might also help to diminish any existing tumors, the study authors reported, making it a so-called theragnostic compound. Altered versions of smallpox and herpes viruses are already in clinical trials to help battle back cancer.
|Proud of being overwhelmed? You may be a stress seeker Addicted-to-high-anxiety lifestyles are common and unhealthy, experts say
When you think about it, stress is a mysterious thing: You can't see it or touch it, but you definitely know it's there. And its enigmatic nature just might be preventing us from fully realizing the damage stress can do to our minds, bodies, and spirits.
According to the American Psychological Association, more than half of all women say they're "highly stressed," an increase of 25 percent from just four years ago. But very few do anything to chill out. In fact, many seem to be saying "bring it on!" because somewhere along the line being stretched to the limit turned into a badge of honor.
That's how it was for Meredith Bodgas, 28, of Forest Hills, New York. Before switching to a lower-key Web job, Bodgas worked until 9 p.m. most nights. "I figured anyone who left before 7 p.m. simply wasn't as valuable," she says. She subscribed to the same misguided belief adopted by so many modern women: Stress is synonymous with success—and if you're not totally fried, you may not be doing enough. "I loved it when people would ask me 'How do you do it?' " admits Bodgas, "even though I suspect what some of them really meant was 'Why do you do it?' "
Stress appeal - Turns out, high anxiety may be, well, an actual high.
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|Kinect Fitting Room
A Topshop store in Moscow is offering shoppers the possibility of trying clothes on virtually via Microsoft’s Kinect technology. The Kinect starts by scanning your body and then it overlays the 3D model of an outfit over you, giving you a general idea of how the outfit will look on you.
Quote of the day
I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full.