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India Today - - HEALTH - By Da­mayanti Datta

BREAK­THROUGH IN CAN­CER RE­SEARCH: AN IN­DIAN STORY

In a first, 24 re­searchers from eight labs in India, with con­tri­bu­tions from In­dian sci­en­tists at the Uni­ver­sity of Liver­pool, UK, have de­signed ‘Dis­arib’, a drug which in­duces the death of can­cer cells. The De­part­ment of Biotech­nol­ogy, Union health min­istry, has ap­proved this col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort to pro­duce the first home-grown tar­geted can­cer ther­apy, that does not set off any side ef­fects. The re­sults have been pub­lished in Bio­chem­i­cal Phar­ma­col­ogy.

Now de­tect can­cer early

Fi­bre op­ti­cal tweez­ers, in use since the 1980s, are get­ting smaller, lighter, and more por­ta­ble. Now re­searchers show how they can be used to beam light to grip and ma­nip­u­late tiny ob­jects, in­clud­ing cells. This opens up the pos­si­bil­ity of trap­ping can­cer cells in the ear­li­est stages.

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