When smaller is better

Assis­tant pro­fessor of phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences Tania Konry has devel­oped a system that effi­ciently tests for a wide range of bio­log­ical spec­i­mens. Whether you’re looking for com­plex cancer cell bio­markers in a sample or simple bac­teria in drinking water, the system costs sig­nif­i­cantly less than stan­dard approaches and spits out results in a frac­tion of the time.

Kryptonite for cancer cells

In a new paper, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Man­soor Amiji and his col­lab­o­ra­tors present a drug-​​delivery system they believe can specif­i­cally target only tumors and turn off the cancer cells’ “super­powers” that allow them to grow uncontrollably.

3Qs: Health in America

Katherine Tucker, pro­fessor of nutri­tional epi­demi­ology in the depart­ment of Health Sci­ences and coau­thor of a new text­book on nutri­tion and dis­ease, says that fol­lowing a healthy diet could pre­vent dia­betes, heart dis­ease, and many forms of cancer.

Cancer-​​detection nets entrepreneurial award

Phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences pro­fessor Ban-​​An Khaw was named a Mass Chal­lenge finalist for his ground-​​breaking tech­nology to detect cancer at very low levels by tag­ging cells with a “Christmas tree” of radioac­tive markers.