Contribution of Circulating Tumour Cells in Drug Development

Jul 19, 2016

Circulating tumour cells (CTCs) are becoming very welcome in the field of oncology, and they are also promising in the clinical field, in the area of drug development. Proof of concept that CTCs may correlate with the prognosis of cancer has been completed for many types already. Also, the CTCs may carry information that is relevant to the disease progression and behaviour and this data cannot be obtained from the primary tumour. Hence they are becoming extremely valuable in the field of drug development and evaluation of candidate medications in pharmaceutical research and industry. Dr Ioannis Papasotiriou, MD at RGCC, ...

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Applications of CRISPR

Jul 19, 2016

Scientific interest in Clustered Regularly Interspaced Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) systems exploded in 2012/2013 when focus shifted from their natural function as a component of adaptive bacterial immunity to their use as a toolkit to find, cut and replace DNA at a specific location in eukaryotes. Widely considered to be a breakthrough technology, the speed of adoption of this technology has been phenomenal. Catherine Coombes, Senior Patent Attorney at HGF Limited concentrates on applications of CRISPR. ...

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