Category Archives: Cancer

An interview with cancer’s ‘biographer’

This week we welcome guest writer Robert Aboukhalil, graduate student in the Watson School of Biological Sciences. There aren’t very many scientists whose claim to fame includes writing a best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning and Oprah-endorsed book. A few weeks ago, I … Continue reading

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SCIENCE SHORTS: Why haven’t we cured cancer yet?

After the success of the 5 minute science talks at the recent open house we decided they could be helpful for a wider audience. So we reconvened the speakers and re-did the talks with that in mind, thus creating our … Continue reading

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Time out with Tuveson

  The following interview was conducted and written by Skyler Palatnick Of all the things kids and teens think about when the topic of scientists comes up, the last thing you would expect to hear is that they are normal–but … Continue reading

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From Bench to Bikeside: when scientists leave the lab and take to the hills

by Clare Rebbeck** As researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory we work with cancer cells day in, day out.  We hope that one day we will discover something that will change the lives of the many people diagnosed with cancer. … Continue reading

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Alea Mills explains mouse modeling at the Secret Science Club

A rapt audience of more than 450 New Yorkers gathered at the Secret Science Club in Brooklyn on one unseasonably balmy night in mid-March to listen to tales of gene hunting expeditions by CSHL Professor Alea Mills. She is an … Continue reading

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Double duty: How an anti-cancer protein guards neurons against death after stroke

Cancer biologists know the PTEN gene as a powerful tumor suppressor and one that is among the most commonly deleted genes in human cancer. For more than a decade, CSHL’s Dr. Lloyd Trotman has studied the role of PTEN in … Continue reading

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Splicing studies detail a protein’s role in creating cancer’s mixed messages

Cancer cells are a hotbed of mixed or incorrect molecular “messages” – a result of defects in a cellular mechanism called RNA splicing. When a cell’s DNA is copied into an intermediary molecule called RNA, splicing is the editing step … Continue reading

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CSHL scientist takes the plunge in support of cancer research

The non-profit organization, Swim Across America (SAA), raises funds for cancer research by conducting pool and open water swims across the country. A Long Island-based activity that has gained immense popularity over the last few years is the “Sound to … Continue reading

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CSHL’s sequencing power gets a fresh boost

At CSHL’s Woodbury Genome Center a decade ago, it took 12 technicians working in two shifts and six “first generation” sequencing machines to sequence 70 million bases of DNA—repeats of A, T, G, C—in a single month. By 2007, as … Continue reading

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“Incurable’s” remarkable book party

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press held a remarkable book party one recent evening, marking the publication of a new volume, Incurable: A Life After Diagnosis. The book is about the experience of having a terminal illness, and its author, … Continue reading

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