Welcome to LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences research news from around campus and the internet. Each Friday, LabBook will recap the week on the blog, with links to news stories about our faculty and their research.
This week on the blog:
- Neurosurgeon Bakhtiar Yamini is working with nanoparticles to deliver chemotherapy drugs to hard-to-reach brain tumors.
- Zhe-Xi Luo has discovered yet another early fossil, this time a specimen of history’s most successful mammal species.
From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:
- Breast cancer surgeon Swati Kulkarni wrote about a clinical trial looking at flaxseed as a possible alternative to current treatments in preventing breast cancer in premenopausal women.
- Neuro oncologist Maciej Lesniak is working on a method of loading neural stem cells with a virus that selectively infects and kills cancerous brain cells.
Research in the news:
- Professor of medicine Adam Cifu co-wrote an editorial in the Washington Post questioning if former President George W. Bush’s recent surgery to place a coronary artery stent was necessary. Cifu cited research showing that cardiac stress tests and stenting for a man of President Bush’s age and relative good health do little to improve survival, while incurring significant expenses.
- In an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association, bioethicist Lainie Ross addressed the issue of reporting incidental findings discovered with whole-genome sequencing or testing to ordering clinicians and to patients.
- Finally, Zhe-Xi Luo’s latest mammal fossil discovery received extensive coverage both nationally and internationally, including National Geographic, Discovery News and Time.
Science Life is taking our annual summer break next week before everyone heads back to school, so we’ll see you again on August 26. Thanks for reading.