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FDA Approves Study of Scorpion-Derived ‘Tumor Paint’ for Brain Cancer Patients
Seattle cancer researchers are hoping that they will be able to use scorpion venom to fight deadly brain cancer through a new product called “Tumor Paint.”
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the product, developed by Blaze Bioscience, for study in human trials in the U.S.
During the phase one trial, the tumor paint will be used to on an estimated 21 people with a glioma, or tumor in the brain or spine.
In theory the “paint” will light up the tumor with special florescent molecules that will allow surgeons to then remove cancerous tissue more effectively and safely.
The tumor paint is created by utilizing a protein derived from the paralyzing venom of an Israeli deathstalker scorpion. The re-engineered protein, which binds to cancer cells, is then joined with a fluorescent molecule “flashlight” that has been used safely in human surgeries for decades

currentsinbiology:

FDA Approves Study of Scorpion-Derived ‘Tumor Paint’ for Brain Cancer Patients

Seattle cancer researchers are hoping that they will be able to use scorpion venom to fight deadly brain cancer through a new product called “Tumor Paint.”

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the product, developed by Blaze Bioscience, for study in human trials in the U.S.

During the phase one trial, the tumor paint will be used to on an estimated 21 people with a glioma, or tumor in the brain or spine.

In theory the “paint” will light up the tumor with special florescent molecules that will allow surgeons to then remove cancerous tissue more effectively and safely.

The tumor paint is created by utilizing a protein derived from the paralyzing venom of an Israeli deathstalker scorpion. The re-engineered protein, which binds to cancer cells, is then joined with a fluorescent molecule “flashlight” that has been used safely in human surgeries for decades

Filed under cancer oncology science biology tumor detection

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ellomellocello:

I’ve always believed that love isn’t divided, only multiplied—that loving more people doesn’t mean each person gets less love, and that there is always more love to give.

I also believe that love isn’t something you hold in your heart, but something you do—that it’s not enough to just think of them fondly, but that love is doing things for them, talking to them, being there for them, and so on. 

So practically speaking, how do you do both? If I am always loving more people (as I hope I will), how do I manage to live out my love for them when I only have 24 hours a day and some days I don’t even have the strength to call a sister?

I mean, I could just send people texts saying that I appreciate them at random intervals, but that’s not usually how I show love and so it just feels fake, like I’m giving each person less love and thereby not fulfilling my first principle. (I also don’t think it would fulfill the second principle; I’m sure there are circumstances where a text could qualify, but not usually, at least for me.)

Maybe my beliefs on love are just wrong. Or maybe the answer is just that I can’t do both, because I’m a flawed human being. But even assuming that I’m flawed (because I know it’s true), surely I can do more—improve within the confines of my limitations. The question, then, is how.

This is very resonant with me right now, and I’m not sure how to phrase my thoughts, although I have piles of them.  So, just a couple of things, which should be salted to taste.  Also, this is absurdly long, so it’s behind a cut.  Apologies.

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Filed under love is a thing you do but it is also a thing you hold in your heart I can tell because I was thinking of my people (you and you and you and you know who you are and you should not be questioning if I was thinking of you as well or else I am doing a worse job of expressing love than I even thought) while writing some of this and I could level whole cities with this laser beam (I have been informed that not everyone keeps their love behind their sternum in the form of a laser) (quite frankly I don't know what to make of that) (maybe you keep it in your spleen) (I dunno) you are very important and my sternum cares about you very much for so many reasons

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It’s like having a hospital on top of a mountain, so that people with broken legs have to hike to get to the emergency room.
My friend, commenting on the difficulties of scheduling an appointment with a mental health professional while having a mental health crisis

Filed under it's so true though like seriously lady it takes most of my soul to get to class I am not statistically likely to call a stranger on the phone afterwards I am not statistically likely to call a stranger on the phone even when I'm doing great phone calls are terrifying

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First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III

ellomellocello:

GUYS GUYS GUYS there’s more Shakespearean amazingness coming our way.

If you haven’t seen The Hollow Crown yet, you need to do so. And be sure not to skip Richard II, because it’s a beautiful play beautifully performed and Ben Whishaw is brilliant in the title role. 

Filed under richard iii the hollow crown shakespeare benedict cumberbatch

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minimalyzed:

replacing my heart with another liver so i can drink more and care less

No, no.  Replace your liver with another heart, because it does its job better than your liver ever could.

(via foxinkneehighsocks)

Filed under I have knives and will take care of the person who made this sentiment necessary (unless it's me) (that would then be the opposite of useful) (or unless the sentiment was more 'Drink beer!' and less 'heart ouch') (if you're drinking enough beer that you need a second liver then we need to talk) (you are outrageously important and I will probably need you to come visit when I am 90 so polease preserve all your organs)