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Life Science

Special sponges could remove oil slicks from the ocean. If only treating cancer was as simple.

A bioengineering research team from Houston has developed a process that offers hope. First step: ovarian and colorectal cancer.

Globule-sized powerpacks of highly-dosed cells are implanted next to tumours and within the peritoneum. A minor procedure that minimises the side-effects of treatment.

The cells are engineered to give off peptide hormones continuously for 30 days and stimulate the white blood cells to fight cancer.

In trials with mice, 100% of ovarian and 87,5% of colorectal cancer tumours were removed.

A new startup has already licensed the process. Studies with humans are planned this autumn.

As for pancreatic cancer, sport can be helpful.

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