cancer Cancer Discovery

Spider peptides battle superbugs and cancer

As antibiotic resistance rises and fears over superbugs grow, scientists are looking for new treatment options. One area of focus is antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), which could someday be an alternative to currently prescribed antibiotics, many of which are becoming increasingly useless against some bacteria. Now, a team reports in ACS Chemical Biology that they have improved the […]


Researching Radiosensitizers, a New Class of Drugs That Would Make Tumors More Vulnerable to Radiation Therapy

Two out of three cancer patients are treated with radiation, but the therapy often fails to wipe out the tumor or slow its growth. Southern Research is working to develop a new class of drugs that will help the radiation deliver a more powerful punch to the disease. Dr. Bo Xu, M.D., Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow […]

cancer Cancer Discovery Cell Therapy

An Engineered Protein Can Disrupt Tumor-Promoting ‘Messages’ in Human Cells

Over a century of research has shined light on the once-murky innards of our cells, from the genes that serve as our “blueprints” to the proteins and other molecules that are our cellular taskmasters. Building on this basic knowledge, the search is underway for cellular mechanisms that could serve as gateways for new therapies. These […]

cancer Cancer Discovery Diagnostic Testing

No symptoms, but could there be cancer? Our chemosensor will detect it!

Many cancers could be successfully treated if the patient consulted the doctor sufficiently early. But how can a developing cancer be detected if it doesn’t give rise to any symptoms? In the near future, suitably early diagnosis could be provided by simple and cheap chemical sensors – thanks to special recognizing polymer films developed at […]