Scientists to ‘birth’ cancerous tumour in lab-grown human tissueDan Kamashu
Scientists to ‘birth’ cancerous tumour in lab-grown human tissue.
The £55m project aims to promote “rapid, cost-effective” early intervention over expensive treatment of late-stage cancer.
Cancer will be grown in a lab by scientists trying to find ways to stop the disease before it develops.
A new transatlantic research alliance of scientists from the UK and US, working on a five-year, £55m budget, will “birth” a tumour in lab-grown human tissue.
The International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection (ACED), made up of experts from Cancer Research UK and five top universities, hopes to promote “rapid, cost-effective” early intervention over the “expensive firefighting of late-stage disease”.
Scientists are already investigating how to take cells out of someone at high risk of developing cancer and reproduce them using a 3D printer to test under what conditions they are most likely to turn cancerous.
They also hope to develop screening tests that will detect multiple cancers, and use the power of imaging technology to identify which cells are most likely to become dangerous – and therefore avoid over-diagnosing patients.