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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.