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How RNA Editing May Promote Tumor Growth

March 21st, 2016in Publications

Thursday, March 17 2016 | Source: BUSM A new study provides insight on the potential role played by RNA (ribonucleic acid) editing in cancer. The findings, which appear online in the journal Scientific Reports, may further our understanding of an emerging mechanism implicated in tumor initiation and progression, and may thus lead to... More

BU Paves Way for MED Prof’s $10M Plus Partnership with Industry

April 7th, 2017in Research Highlight

Monday, April 3, 2017 Written by: Sara Rimer | Source: BUToday As a pulmonary physician scientist, Avi Spira is driven to get his breakthroughs in molecular biomarkers for the early diagnosis of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) into clinical care. “I’m a doctor, I want to help people,” says Spira (ENG’02), More

Finding Lung Cancer in the Nose

March 7th, 2017in Research Highlight

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Written by: Barbara Moran | Source: BUToday Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States—and in the world. According to the National Cancer Institute, it accounts for more than a quarter of cancer deaths in this country, killing about 158,000 people in 2016. Because lung cancer... More

Six Junior Faculty Receive Career Development Awards

September 27th, 2016in Research Highlight

Written by: Amy Laskowski | Source: Bostonia Jerry Chen received quite a present just three months after arriving at BU. Chen, a College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of biology, is the winner of this year’s Stuart and Elizabeth Pratt Career Development Professorship, which highlights excellence within CAS. A neuroscientist who uses... More

New Consortium to Study Environmental Causes of Breast Cancer

August 17th, 2016in Research Highlight

Written by: Rich Barlow | Source: BU Research Cancer researcher David Sherr is gunning for a disease that has upended his life. His wife died from multiple myeloma 15 years ago. So when the Art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit supporting research into the environmental causes of breast cancer, approached him for ideas to... More

Stopping Lung Cancer Before It Gets Going

March 22nd, 2016in Funding, Research Highlight

March 7, 2016 | Written By: Upal Basu Roy, MPH, PhD | Source: LUNGevity “The LUNGevity award provided me the resources to study premalignant lung cells—a stage in which normal lung cells have changed, but not yet completely into cancer cells. This is an extremely important area of cancer research for... More

Veracyte Initiates Launch of Percepta™ Bronchial Genomic Classifier

April 30th, 2015in Press Release

Press: April 16, 2015 | Veracyte South San Francisco, Calif. --- April 16, 2015 --- Veracyte, Inc. (NASDAQ: VCYT), a molecular diagnostic company pioneering the field of molecular cytology, today announced the launch of its Percepta™ Bronchial Genomic Classifier, a new genomic test to resolve ambiguity in lung cancer diagnosis. The... More

Behind the Vapor – Chasing the facts behind e-cigarette health risks

October 22nd, 2014in Press Release

Press: October 20, 2014; written by Sara Rimer | BU Research  With the public health community sharply divided over the potential benefit and harm of the popular device—and with conclusive scientific evidence in short supply—the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report in August 2014 that raised serious questions about the health impact... More