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A New Tool to Confront Lung Cancer
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A New Tool to Confront Lung Cancer

Only 15% of patients with squamous cell lung cancer – the second most common lung cancer – survive five years past diagnosis. Little is understood about how the deadly disease arises, preventing development of targeted therapies that could serve as a second line of defense once standard chemotherapy regimens fail.

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Four New Genes Confirmed to Increase Familial Breast Cancer Risk
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Four New Genes Confirmed to Increase Familial Breast Cancer Risk

Four new genes have been added to the growing list of those known to cause increased breast cancer risk when mutated through the efforts of researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, who lead an international consortium working to find more gene mutations that cause inherited breast cancer susceptibilities.

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Reduced Kidney Function Associated with Higher Risk of Renal and Urothelial Cancer
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Reduced Kidney Function Associated with Higher Risk of Renal and Urothelial Cancer

Researchers who investigated the level of kidney function and subsequent cancer risk in more than one million adults have found that reduced glomerular filtration rate (GFR) — a key measure of reduced kidney function and chronic kidney disease (CKD) — is an independent risk factor for renal and urothelial cancer but not other cancer types.

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The Young Sperm, Poised for Greatness
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The Young Sperm, Poised for Greatness

In the body, a skin cell will always be skin, and a heart cell will always be heart. But in the first hours of life, cells in the nascent embryo become totipotent: they have the incredible flexibility to mature into skin, heart, gut, or any type of cell.

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The Renegades of Cell Biology: Researchers Discover Why K-Ras Gene Mutations Prove So Deadly in Cancer
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The Renegades of Cell Biology: Researchers Discover Why K-Ras Gene Mutations Prove So Deadly in Cancer

Cells with a mutation in the gene called K-Ras—found in close to 30% of all cancers, but mostly those with worst prognosis, such as pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer—behave in ways that subvert the normal mechanisms of cell death, according to a cell-culture study by researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah.

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Cervical Cancer Screening Overused in Some Groups of Women
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Cervical Cancer Screening Overused in Some Groups of Women

For the past ten years, clinicians throughout the United States have been performing unnecessary Pap tests for cervical cancer screening in certain groups of women, according to a researcher from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah.

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Children's and Families' Cancers Target of New Research Initiative
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Children's and Families' Cancers Target of New Research Initiative

At a time when the incidence and prevalence of cancers in all age groups—including children—is increasing, and funding for cancer research is on the decline, officials at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah today announced a plan to expand HCI’s research capabilities—a new, 220,000-square-foot addition.

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Children's Cancer Target of $1.73MM Grant
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Children's Cancer Target of $1.73MM Grant

CureSearch for Children's Cancer this week awarded researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah a $1.73 million grant to test a novel targeted treatment for Ewing sarcoma that hopefully will disrupt the cancer's growth and spread. If successful, their work could lead to new treatment for the more than 250 children diagnosed with this rare cancer each year.

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Melanoma Linked to Chronic Sun Damage Target of $1.5 MM Grant
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Melanoma Linked to Chronic Sun Damage Target of $1.5 MM Grant

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator Matt VanBrocklin, Ph.D., more than $1.5 million over the next five years to continue studying the role of a gene called c-KIT in the origin and growth of melanoma, a devastating and sometimes deadly skin cancer. VanBrocklin is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah.

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Family Members of Children With Cancer May Also Be At Risk
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Family Members of Children With Cancer May Also Be At Risk

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, one of the first questions the parents ask is "Will my other children get cancer?" A new study from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah suggests the answer to that question depends on whether or not a family history of cancer exists. The research results were published online in the International Journal of Cancer and will appear in the November 15 print issue.

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At Fertilization Dad's Genome More Ready Than Mom's; but Mom's Catches Up on Its Own
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At Fertilization Dad's Genome More Ready Than Mom's; but Mom's Catches Up on Its Own

Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah have discovered that while the genes provided by the father arrive at fertilization pre-programmed to the state needed by the embryo, the genes provided by the mother are in a different state and must be reprogrammed to match. The findings have important implications for both developmental biology and cancer biology.

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A Powerful, More Accurate, Genetic Analysis Tool Opens New Gene-Regulation Realms
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A Powerful, More Accurate, Genetic Analysis Tool Opens New Gene-Regulation Realms

Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah have developed a novel and powerful technique to identify the targets for a group of enzymes called RNA cytosine methyltransferases (RMTs) in human RNA. They applied their technique to a particular RMT, NSUN2, which has been implicated in mental retardation and cancers in humans, finding and validating many previously unknown RMT targets—an indication of the technique's power. The research results were published online in the journal Nature Biotechnology on April 21.

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New Medical Director Named at the University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute
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New Medical Director Named at the University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute

John Sweetenham, M.D., currently a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and Medical Director of the UCSD University of Nevada Cancer Institute, has been appointed Senior Director of Clinical Affairs and Executive Medical Director at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), and Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematologic Oncology at the University of Utah after a national search. He will assume his post April 1.

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