NIH study links cell phone radiation to cancer in male rats

 New studies from the National Institutes of Health — specifically the National Toxicology Program — find that cell phone radiation is potentially linked with certain forms of cancer, but they’re far from conclusive. The results are complex and the studies have yet to be peer reviewed, but some of the findings are clearly important enough to warrant public discussion. Read More

Mendel.ai nabs $2 million to match cancer patients with the latest clinical trials

 Dr. Karim Galil was tired of losing patients to cancer. He was tired of messy medical records. And he was tired of trying to stay on top of all the clinical trials touting one solution or another. Losing patience and patients, Galil decided to create an organized and artificially intelligent system to match those under his care with the best diagnostic and treatment methods available. Read More

Your smartphone could soon be the first step for diagnosing skin cancer

Dermatoscope If caught early, skin cancer isn’t particularly deadly. But unfortunately for many, signs and symptoms go unnoticed until health has irreversibly deteriorated. Research findings published in Nature today hint at a future where anyone, anywhere, might be able to perform a basic skin cancer screening on a smartphone. Utilizing machine learning, a Stanford team, including… Read More

Using data science to beat cancer

Dividing cancer cell. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a colorectal cancer cell undergoing mitosis (nuclear division) and splitting into two daughter cells (left and right). Here, it is in late telophase, the final stage before cell division (cytokinesis) and the two daughter cells are still connect by a cytoplasmic bridge (horizontal, centre). Bacteria (rod-shaped) can also be seen on the cells. Magnification: x2000 when printed at 10 centimetres wide. Image: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/Science Photo Library
/Getty Images The complexity of seeking a cure for cancer has vexed researchers for decades. While they’ve made remarkable progress, they are still waging a battle uphill as cancer remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Yet scientists may soon have a critical new ally at their sides — intelligent machines — that can attack that complexity in a different way. Read More

Grail is raising at least $1 billion to fund its early cancer screening test

Arteriosclerosis, blood vessel The early cancer screening startup Grail plans to raise more than $1 billion in Series B financing today, possibly up to $1.8 billion. While the company doesn’t want to name investor names, only mentioning in a release the funding will come “primarily from undisclosed private and strategic investors,” Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Google… Read More

Sean Parker is partnering with the Cancer Research Institute to find a cancer vaccine

Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster Inc. and managing partner of the Founders Fund, speaks at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011. The conference brings together 1,000 senior executives entertainment, and the Internet. Photographer: Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via Getty Images Cancerous tumors carry certain genetic markers called neoantigens and Facebook billionaire Sean Parker wants to use algorithms to find them. To do so, the Sean Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy will work with more than 30 public and private pharmaceutical, biotech, cancer research nonprofits and academic institutions through a partnership with the Cancer Research Institute to use… Read More

Reshaping human health and changing lives through gene editing

genome-alt Gene editing is going to fundamentally change our lives and how we traditionally think about health throughout the first half of the 21st century. The question isn’t “When will gene editing become a significant reality for the majority of the world?” The truth is, this is neither science fiction nor a prediction — gene editing is happening now. Read More

Sean Parker is on a mission to solve cancer

sean parker Sean Parker, the self-made billionaire who, at the tender age of 19, sparked the digital music revolution, has been at the forefront of some of the most meaningful disruptions of our day from file sharing to social engagement. Cancer immunotherapy is his next big bet. The Napster founder and former Facebook president persuaded hundreds of top scientists within various research universities… Read More