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News digest – research at risk, cancer stem cells, European survival differences and more

by Oliver Childs | Analysis

7 December 2013

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  • We’re concerned about the potentially devastating effects of new EU legislation on our ability to carry out life-saving research. Our press release and this blog post have more information.
  • There were several headlines about new figures looking at differences in cancer survival in Europe. Here’s our take, and NHS Choices have a more in-depth look at both the headlines and the statistics.
  • Blocking a molecule in tumour-fuelling stem cells could offer a new way to treat bowel cancer, a Canadian study found. We covered the work, and Wired has some further detail about the research.
  • The Guardian covered research by UK scientists that shows a potential way to pinpoint cell changes that are likely to develop into full-blown breast cancer.
  • Our scientists published work showing that preventing proteins folding could be a promising strategy to treat cancer. Here’s our press release.

And finally

There were a couple of interesting research papers that didn’t get much pick-up, but that we think are worth highlighting:

  • And US scientists described a novel mechanism by which brain tumours resist treatment. Newswise has more info.