28 Feb '18, 12pm

Lab-grown liver tumours help Singapore scientists to develop anti-cancer drugs

SINGAPORE - A team of scientists has managed to grow tiny liver cancer tumours in a laboratory which they believe could hold the key to treating one of Singapore's deadliest diseases. Anti-cancer drugs can be tested on them, allowing scientists to see how effective they are within a week or so. Waiting for a similar reaction in humans could take months, according to bioengineer Eliza Fong, who leads the team. "This could one day allow patients to choose the best treatment based on the drug testing results of their own liver cancer cells," added Professor Hanry Yu, who is group leader at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star). Currently, one of the main problems with treating liver cancer is that there are many variations of the disease, meaning that it can be very difficult to find an effective drug. T...

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