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Precision medicine at UNC: Looking for cancer-driving gene mutations across cancers
UNC Lineberger will be enrolling patients into a new, national clinical trial, known as NCI-MATCH, that will group patients based on the genetics of their tumors as opposed to where their cancer is located. The new initiative will test more than 20 drugs or drug combinations targeting specific genetic mutations.
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Leading immune system discovery at the molecular level
Jenny Ting, PhD, a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and a William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Genetics, has studied genetic and molecular mechanisms behind immune system development for more than three decades at UNC. Now she’s helping to lead two major federal center grants to further vaccine development and boost our understanding of immune responses to viruses.
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A new era for genetic interpretation
UNC Lineberger researchers are collaborating through the ClinGen consortium - a program launched to evaluate the clinical relevance of genetic variants - to help physicians make predictions about an individual’s risk of disease, develop more accurate clinical trials and design individualized treatments and care for patients.
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Partnering with IBM and Watson to accelerate DNA analysis and inform personalized treatment
UNC Lineberger will be one of more than a dozen leading cancer centers tapping IBM's Watson to accelerate DNA analysis and inform personalized treatment options for patients. The project is part of IBM’s broader Watson Health initiative to advance patient-centered care and improve health.
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UNC researchers create DNA repair map of the entire human genome
The new experimental assay can help scientists find the precise locations of repair of DNA damage caused by UV radiation and common chemotherapies. The invention could lead to better cancer drugs or improvements in the potency of existing ones.
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Cancer genetics the focus of UNC Lineberger symposium
UNC Lineberger's 39th annual scientific symposium was held April 8-9 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill.
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Researchers find new approach to treat drug-resistant HER2-positive breast cancer
Using human cancer cell lines, UNC scientists identified various ways that HER2-positive breast cancer tumors resist therapy, and they discovered a potential combination therapy to overcome multiple mechanisms of resistance and kill cancer cells.
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Lower survival rates connected with high-risk melanoma with mutations, study finds
A UNC Lineberger-led study found that people with higher-risk melanoma containing either BRAF or NRAS gene mutations had lower survival rates.
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Perou recognized as health care innovator, awarded Triangle Business Journal honor
Charles M. Perou, PhD, professor of genetics and pathology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the basic science leader of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Breast Cancer Research Program, has been acknowledged as a health care innovator by the Triangle Business Journal. During an awards ceremony on Thursday, Perou was selected from a pool of candidates as the finalist in the 2015 TBJ Health Care Heroes – Innovator category.
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Researchers pinpoint two genes that trigger severest form of ovarian cancer
UNC geneticists create the first mouse model of ovarian clear cell carcinoma; show how a known drug can suppress tumor growth.
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