HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Fighting breast cancer at the molecular level

Researchers from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and the Baton Rouge General Medical Center have recently joined forces to find new ways to fight breast cancer.

Using advanced molecular-biology techniques, the scientists hope to develop tests that could detect individual cancer cells, allowing doctors to diagnose cancer long before tumors are large enough to be felt or seen on mammograms. This early detection would allow treatment to begin much sooner; ideally, before the cancer has metastasized, or spread into other vital organs. The researchers also hope the tests will enable them to evaluate tissues before and after cancer treatment and compare the results. In this way, they could monitor patients responses to therapy. The tests could also detect patient relapses much earlier.

The diagnostic tests the researchers are trying to develop include blood and bone-marrow tests, as well as tests on tissue from lymph-node biopsies.

The project is under the supervision of Gus Kousoulas, Ph.D., director of the Molecular Medicine Program at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Kousoulas said diagnostic tests for cancer, such as blood tests, would look at pieces of human RNA, or ribonucleic acid. Since cancer is a genetic disease, the genetic code of RNA is affected when cancer occurs.

Cancer first appears in DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, then it is passed onto RNA, then into proteins, which are the building blocks of cells. It is at this cellular level that most patients are diagnosed with cancer, and by that time, tumors have formed and most cancers have spread, Kousoulas said. By catching cancer in its initial stages, doctors would be able to provide treatment much earlier and have a much better chance of preventing spreading.

The researchers believe the diagnostic tests will identify cancer by detecting the presence of certain RNA markers that are unique to breast-cancer victims. To find these markers, the
'"/>

Contact: Kristine Calongne
kcalong@lsu.edu
225-578-5985
Louisiana State University
1-Feb-2001


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Fighting Mycobacterium tuberculosis with structural proteomics
2. Fighting fire with fire? Vaccine based on chimp virus shows promise against HIV
3. Fighting the spread of sudden oak death
4. Fighting the battle of the bulge in children
5. Fighting Fungi
6. Fighting skin cancers with computers and technology
7. Fighting diabetes: UD researchers move closer to chip-based control of smart, implantable insulin pumps
8. Trash From Crop-Processing Plant Harvested For Disease-Fighting Agents
9. Studies At Cedars-Sinai Confirm Identity Of An Elusive Receptor In Human Cells -- A Breakthrough In Understanding, Fighting Septic Shock
10. Chemical Contaminants May Inhibit Cancer-Fighting White Blood Cells
11. Radioactive Beads Latest Weapon In Fighting Cancer In Dogs, Cats

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/13/2020)... ... February 13, 2020 , ... Pharmica Consulting announced ... operations executives and focusing on all facets of clinical trial planning and management. ... engagement, and more. , “We have attended the SCOPE Summit every year ...
(Date:2/11/2020)... ... February 11, 2020 , ... ... solving complex problems for life sciences companies and government agencies, announced the ... of management consulting expertise to Tunnell, with significant experience assessing, designing, and ...
(Date:2/7/2020)... ... 07, 2020 , ... dicentra , a leading clinical ... and dietary supplement industries, announces 2020 membership with the International Probiotics Association (“IPA”). ... pertaining to probiotics. We are thrilled to join our IPA member colleagues and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/28/2020)... ... January 28, 2020 , ... ... the exclusive distributor to food and beverage manufactures within North America. Both Lifecycle ... suppliers. This agreement will allow each company to pool their collective resources and ...
(Date:1/28/2020)... ... January 28, 2020 , ... Today, ... Kits . The new Salivary Total Human IgG Assay Kit exemplifies ... G in saliva, researchers can extend the accuracy and ease of use of ...
(Date:1/27/2020)... ... January 27, 2020 , ... Valencell, the leading ... strategic investors led by Halma plc , a FTSE 100 global group ... GII LLC, and WSJ Joshua Fund. A representative from Halma will join the ...
(Date:1/24/2020)... ... January 24, 2020 , ... The impact of ... diagnostics, therapeutics, laboratory and clinical services during the first two decades of the ... And as Slone Partners celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, its ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: