cancer

Watch Cancer Cells Scurrying Over The Surface Of A Microchip

Watching cancer cells scurrying across the surface of a microchip is mesmerising. Most of them plod along together and make steady progress. Others break off and aggressively cover large distances. Scientists say that this ability to actually see the cancer cells advance will be useful to figure out how to stop them once and for all.


A Common Bacteria Can Be Injected Directly Into Tumours To Fight Cancer

In its natural form, Clostridium novyi is at best benign (it lives in the soil) and at worst harmful (it can cause infections). But a slightly modified version of the bacterium could be a completely new treatment for cancer. Injecting thousands of spores of a modified C. novyi into rats, dogs, and one human patient shrank or even eradicated their tumors.


Trojan Horse Gold Particles Could Finally Treat Brain Tumours

Glioblastoma multiforme is a cancer that’s as deadly as it sounds. It’s the most common and aggressive brain tumour in adults that’s especially difficult to remove surgically — but we now have a technique to treat it.


UV-Powered Blood Test Could Make Universal Cancer Detection Possible

Early detection is the best tool to fight cancer, but biopsies can be painful and inconclusive. New research shows a simple blood test can detect cancers by blasting white blood cells with UV and seeing how they respond. Painless, universal cancer detection could be a drop of blood away.


How A Cat Poop Parasite Could Help Scientists Beat Cancer

This week, a team of researchers at Dartmouth announced an exciting, if terribly disgusting, medical discovery. A single-celled parasite usually found in cats’ intestines — and later in their poop — shows unique promise as a cancer treatment. The researchers even think the parasite could enable them to create personalised cancer vaccines.


A Tiny, Breathing Lung Made Of Cancer Cells That Helps Test Chemo Drugs

One of the great tragedies of cancer medicine is when drugs work phenomenally in animal testing, but fail to deliver for human patients. As close as animal testing can get, it’s no substitute for the real thing — which makes this tiny, breathing artificial lung, grown from human lung cancer cells, so promising.


Would You Trust 'Drinkable' Sunscreen?

There’s a new snake oil sunscreen doing the rounds in the US and making big promises. Osmosis Skincare’s UV Neutraliser Harmonized Water apparently makes the water molecules underneath your skin vibrate, giving you SPF 30 sun protection for three hours. Yep, this is stupid.


The Shitbox Rally Kicks Off In Perth This Weekend

$1000 for a car. 4000 kilometres to travel. One week to do it all. The Shitbox Rally is back for another year, and a bunch of plucky teams are pushing 250 cars to their limits on the way from Perth to Darwin.


How A Doctor Is Fighting Cancer With Items Found At Walmart

David Walmer is a renegade doctor who’s been saving lives in Haiti. When he realised a few years ago how cervical cancer was killing many of his patients, Walmer decided to get creative about solving the problem. Oddly enough, Walmart was part of the solution.


This Electric Helmet Looks Goofy, But It Zaps Deadly Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma is one of the most aggressive and deadly forms of brain cancer. Nausea-inducing chemotherapy can prolong life by a few months, but there’s another gentler though funnier-looking treatment: a cap that literally zaps the tumour away.