Using neurodegeneration to fight cancer safely and effectively

The researchers bound the kind of siRNA found in Huntington’s disease with a complementary strand from another degenerative disorder, myotonic dystrophy, to create a hybrid duplex, then put this inside nanoparticles that were quickly gobbled up by cancer cells in culture. All varieties of cancer tested–ovarian, lung, liver, melanoma, and several more–stopped growing within a…

Autophagy: Young and hungry

Ever been so hungry you thought you might start gnawing on your own body? Your cells certainly have no qualms with it. Right now, millions of them are carving out chunks of themselves to munch on, membranous arms reaching inward to snatch detritus and gobble it up bit by bit. Don’t judge them too harshly–degrading…

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