cancer

Scientists Are 3D Printing Whole Cancer Tumours From Scratch

We’ve seen 3D-printed cells, organs and even body parts over the last few years. But now a team of scientists is printing cancerous tumours — modelling the very things that are threatening to kill patients in order to understand how to quell them.


Cutting-Edge Cancer Research: Cannibalism, Zombies And Suicidal Cells

Cancer research is tough stuff — but it’s surprisingly gruesome too. This Sci Show video explains how the latest insights into curing the disease include cannibalism, zombies and suicidal cells.


Bad News: E-Cigs Alter Cells A Lot Like Tobacco Does

A new cancer study brings more bad news to the e-cigarette industry. Scientists exposed human bronchial cells to e-cig vapour and found that it altered the cells in a way not dissimilar to tobacco. In other words, that delicious, seemingly risk-free nicotine vapour might not be so benign, after all.


5 Buildings Designed To Make Cancer Treatment A Little More Bearable

We know that buildings can make us sick, and that they can also make us healthier. But can architecture make a difference in how we experience illness? What about cancer? That’s a more complicated question.


New Paper-Based Urine Tests Could Detect Cancer And Heart Disease

Diagnosing cancer and heart disease generally requires extensively trained personnel and expensive instruments. But one MIT research group that wants to solve that problem has designed a single injection and paper-based detection system they’re hoping to ship them everywhere a letter can travel.


This Miniature Fishing Rod Catches And Kills Brain Cancer

You won’t be able to catch your supper with this fishing rod — because at just 6mm long, it’s designed to catch and kill cancers before they aggressively attack the brain.


Cancer-Spotting Glasses Light Up The Bad Cells For Surgeons

Cancer surgery is tough. Even with high-powered microscopes, surgeons have a very difficult time distinguishing cancer cells from healthy cells. But these new glasses developed by Washington University, St Louis could change all that.


Scientists Turned Fruit Flies Into Glowing Cancer Detectors

One of the most exciting findings in cancer research is the ability to identify cancerous cells by the volatile odour molecules they give off. Diagnostic machines, scalpels, and even specially trained dogs have been used to identify cancer this way. We can add fruit flies to that list now: scientists have bred a strain whose antennae glow when they smell cancer.


The World's Oldest Tumour Is 11,000 Years Old And Spread By Dog Sex

Somewhere 11,000 years ago, something weird happened to a dog. It got cancer — and the really damn freaky part is that the cancer could survive even outside of its canine host. That unknown dog is long dead now, but its tumour cells have improbably lived on, continuing to sprout on the genitalia of dogs all over the world.


This Table Detects Breast Cancer Using Sound Waves, Not X-Rays

Traditional mammography machines — besides being uncomfortable — rely on ionizing radiation to image a patient’s breasts. And as all we all know, radiation ironically increases the risk of cancer developing. So a company called Delphinus Medical Technologies has developed a safer alternative called the SoftVue that instead uses ultrasonic sound waves bouncing around inside a large water tank.