Biosensor chip detects single nucleotide polymorphism wirelessly, with higher sensitivity

Illustration of graphene-based SNP detection chip wirelessly transmitting signal to a smartphone. Credit: Lal et al. Illustration of graphene-based SNP detection chip wirelessly transmitting signal to a smartphone. Credit: Lal et al. Close A team led by the University of California San Diego has developed a chip that can detect a type of genetic mutation […]

Hair-like cell structure may drive melanoma

What are cilia? Cilia and melanoma Cilia are hair-like projections that extend from cells’ membranes. Researchers recently discovered that a lack of cilia may be linked to the progression of melanoma. A study finds a link between these hair-like projections and melanoma. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types, and melanoma accounts […]

Using cell metabolism to battle cancer

Cancer cell metabolism By focusing on how cancer stem cells metabolize, researchers may have uncovered a new way to defeat them: by attacking their energy supply. Tinkering with cell metabolism could help to stop cancer stem cells. Drug resistance is a sizable problem for cancer treatment. Medications that might initially work will soon become ineffective. […]