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Bone marrow protein a ‘magnet’ for passing prostate cancer cells – Press Release

Scientists at the The Cancer Research Unit (University of York) have shown that a protein in the bone marrow acts like a ‘magnetic docking station’ for prostate cancer cells, helping them grow and spread outside of the prostate. Now that this mechanism has been identified, however, scientists at York have found a way to block the signal in the cancer cells, disabling the cell and preventing it from multiplying at a new site in the body. Their research showed that the protein,...

CLIPPING THE GENE UPDATE JUNE 2017

All of our students have now finished their studies and will shortly be receiving their degrees from the University of York.  As part of this they all produced a report (or thesis), which acknowledged the support of Charity Soul.  Without this support they would not have been able to do the complicated genetics experiments they have reported. All of the experiments seemed to work, and we have prostate cells in which 3 different genes have been edited.  Due to the students’...

Thank you Charity Soul – from Prof Maitland

Thanks to Charity Soul, this recent paper, in a top cancer journal was made possible.  The research was begun as part of an EU-funded International project, which finished before we could get the ultimate data.  This data was provided by an Italian Graduate Dr Giovanna Nappo, who carried out the key experiments, supported by the funds raised by all of you at Charity Soul. The paper tells us that a cancer patient’s immune system, which he would use to fight off...

On Our Travels: Putting it out there

On Our Travels: Putting it out there:- An important part of scientific research is working with others and sharing your results with scientists in centres around the UK, Europe and the World. There is no point in carrying out expensive cancer research if you keep it all to yourself, and if it doesn’t pass the scrutiny of other scientists. Sometimes these meetings result in criticism, but more often a sense of working together to pool expertise is the result (collaboration). However,...

The LA Connection is now sponsored by Charity Soul

The LA Connection is now sponsored by Charity Soul:- http://charity-soul.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Ad-26a-Rosko-Sponsor-Charity-Soul-OK-Music-Ends.mp3 Direct from LA, Viven 101 East Yorkshire Radio, every Saturday night its your LA Connection with Emperor Rosko featuring all the news and views from LA – the best in Rock and Roll, the best in Soul we have all your music – it’s 8 O’Clock, don’t miss it! For more information about Emperor Rosko visit his website at:- http://www.emperorrosko.net/about-rosko/4589005877 ...

Research Update (March 2017)

Research Update March 2017: Last year I introduced our “gene clipping” team of undergraduate students in Biology to you. The fantastic five were going to use the funds you donated to probe the basis for stem cells in prostate cancer. October, when they began their research seems such a long time ago, and like much research with a limited time (they have now gone off to prepare for their final examinations) the research went right up to the wire last month...

Fundraising Partnership

Fundraising Partnership – Charity Soul are delighted to announce that they have been invited to form a fundraising partnership with The East Coast Soul Collective Soul Club group via Rob Wicks, part organiser for the Soul Weekender event at Bridlington. We have been asked to staff (supply DJ’s) for the Club Room at the next Bridlington Spa weekend event, on Sunday 25th June. Rob would also like Charity Soul members to help with the raffle tickets sales during the weekender event, and we...

Meet the New Clipping the Gene Team in York

As previewed last month, our new team of undergraduate researchers have recently appeared in the laboratory. You can see from the big smiles that they are just getting started – it will all get much harder over the next couple of months. More and more is being written in the news media about ‘Gene Editing’ using a brand new science called CRISPR. As you know we have been carrying out these experiments with Charity Soul support for a couple of...

Make a Cancer to Cure a Cancer

Now this may seen strange to you as you read this, but we have decided to try to cause cancer (in the laboratory) in order to find the best way to treat it.  The big problem with a tumour is that it contains many different cell types, some of which are more dangerous than others – for example the cancer stem cells I have written about before.  However, by the time we get such cancers from patients to study, they...