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Study: Modified immunotherapy may work in advanced breast cancer

Study: Modified immunotherapy may work in advanced breast cancer

Health
Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Women with advanced breast cancer may have a new weapon in their fight against the disease -- a modified form of immunotherapy. CAR-T immunotherapy, in which T cells from a patient's immune system are modified to target cancer cells, has been most effective in the treatment of B-cell leukemia or lymphoma, both of which are cell-based, rather than solid-tumor cancers like breast cancer. Advertisement Adding a molecule found in immune cells called cGAMP to standard CAR-T boosts its efficacy in breast cancer by encouraging the body's immune cells to attack solid tumors, according to the authors of a study published Thursday by the Journal of Experimental Medicine. The success of this boosted CAR-T in mice used for the study may be a potential "game changer," researchers said...
US regulators OK genetically modified pig for food, drugs

US regulators OK genetically modified pig for food, drugs

Technology
U.S. regulators have approved a genetically modified pig for food and medical products, but the company behind it says you won't see it on supermarket shelves anytime soonBy CANDICE CHOI Associated PressDecember 15, 2020, 9:29 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNEW YORK -- U.S. regulators have approved a genetically modified pig for food and medical products, making it the second such animal to get the green light for human consumption. But the company behind it says there are no imminent plans to sell it for meat.The pig is genetically engineered to eliminate the presence of alpha-gal, a type of sugar found in many mammals. The sugar makes its way into many products — including medications, cosmetics and food — and can cause allergic reactions in some people....
Five female fighter pilots test G-force suits modified for women

Five female fighter pilots test G-force suits modified for women

Business
Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Five female fighter pilots have recently tested G-force suits modified to better fit the frames of women and other body types besides the typical man, the U.S. Air Force said Tuesday. The women pilots tested the modified version of the Advanced Technology Anti-Gravity Suit, from Oct. 26-30, at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, according to a U.S. Air Force statement. Advertisement The suits have been in use since 2001 to protect pilots from G-force induced loss of consciousness during maneuvers in fighter aircraft, but it was developed primarily for standard men's body types. Along with women, pilots with "shorter" or "hard-to-fit" frames often struggled with the suits limited adjustability, according to the statement. The suits were modified to include wider lacing panels...
Florida mosquitoes: 750 million genetically modified insects to be released

Florida mosquitoes: 750 million genetically modified insects to be released

Science
Local officials in Florida have approved the release of 750 million mosquitoes that have been genetically modified to reduce local populations.The aim is to reduce the number of mosquitoes that carry diseases like dengue or the Zika virus.The green-lighting of a pilot project after years of debate drew a swift outcry from environmental groups, who warned of unintended consequences.One group condemned the plan as a public "Jurassic Park experiment".Activists warn of possible damage to ecosystems, and the potential creation of hybrid, insecticide-resistant mosquitoes.But the company involved says there will be no adverse risk to humans or the environment, and points to a slate of government-backed studies.Would it be wrong to eradi...
Bell Boeing delivers first modified MV-22 Osprey to the Marine Corps

Bell Boeing delivers first modified MV-22 Osprey to the Marine Corps

Business
Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Bell Boeing announced Tuesday that they have delivered the first modified MV-22 Osprey to the United States Marine Corps. The MV-22 is the Marine Corps' version of the V-22 Osprey, using tilt-rotor technology to offer the vertical flight options of a helicopter, but also the speed and range abilities of a fixed-wing aircraft. In November Bell Boeing was awarded a $ 146 million contract for upgrades and maintenance on the MV-22 aircraft. "This milestone marks the beginning of an Osprey evolution," said Kristin Houston, vice president, Boeing Tiltrotor Programs and director of the Bell Boeing V-22 Program. "Through a shared focus on safety and quality, the Bell Boeing team is delivering modernized MV-22 aircraft that are ready to serve our dedicated servicemen and women wh...