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Focus on Cancer Mechanisms

Focus is the online newsletter for Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

News is posted as it happens, making Focus the most up-to-date source of information about the developments and people at the Cancer Center.

Below are all the Focus articles related specifically to our Cancer Mechanisms Research Program. All Focus articles are also available.

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Room to Operate

MRI and CT scanners slide in and out of operating rooms on overhead rails giving surgeons real-time 3-D images of complex organs like brains and spines. Students observe from a balcony overhead. This changes everything.

April 14, 2014

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Large Hopes, Small Tools

Nanoparticles can slip though the lining of cancer cells and, once inside, release anti-cancer agents. Researchers are using these tiny tools to deliver heat inside cancer cells to kill them without damaging adjacent healthy cells.

March 24, 2014

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In the Driver's Seat of a Wild Cancer Cell

Cancer cells misbehave by dividing and traveling to places they aren't supposed to go. A cell's DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) tells it what to do: a standard DNA sequence is well ordered and gives proper instructions. But when DNA is damaged, it can send out wrong information.

November 11, 2013

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Using a Parasite to Fight Cancer

Instead of removing tumors surgically, can we inject them with a "poison" that would cause them to destroy themselves? Scientists experiment in the lab with ways to use a common parasite in future treatment for cancer.

November 04, 2013

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Team Science helps Identify Genetic Influence in Obesity for People of African Ancestry

Genetic variations work with environmental factors to influence body size and obesity.

May 13, 2013

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Two Cancer Center Researchers Named AAAS Fellows

Two members of Norris Cotton Cancer Center's research team have been selected as 2011 fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.

December 09, 2011

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Dartmouth Researchers Identify a New Pioneer Factor

Cancer Center researchers have discovered that the presence of a novel pioneer factor (PBX1) in breast cancer cells can direct the response to estrogen.

November 18, 2011

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From Bench to Bedside and Back Again

After more than 10 years of work, a Cancer Center research team has found a very promising drug combination therapy for lung cancer patients.

October 11, 2011

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An Investment in Promise

Cell biologist Jamie Moseley was recently selected as the recipient of a very competitive research award administered by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

June 14, 2011

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New Study Helps Explain Protein Function in Tumor Cell Growth

New research from the Cancer Center helps explain why the Myc protein, found in the nucleus of cells and crucial to the function of cell division, sometimes reaches elevated levels that cause it to be an agent in the growth of cancerous tumors.

October 26, 2010

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The Building Blocks of a Cure

"We want to know everything about the types that resist chemotherapy so that we can raise the cure rate for all types of leukemia," says Patricia Ernst, PhD.

July 25, 2010

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New Vitamin May Relieve a Painful Problem

A pill to protect against nerve damage is a long ways off, but such a drug might also be able to protect against development of other neurodegenerative diseases.

April 20, 2008

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