Archive by date | May 2013

First-in-class cancer drug approved to fight melanoma

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first cancer drug to inhibit a protein – called MEK – that acts in a pathway that fuels tumour growth. The drug, called Mekinist (trametinib), was approved on 29 May for use in advanced melanomas with specific mutations. Other MEK-targeting drugs are being studied in a wide range of tumours, including lung and thyroid cancers.  Read more

European science advisers deem another pesticide to be a risk to bees

The European Commission has confirmed that it will heavily restrict the use of three pesticides linked to problems with bee health — just as another chemical has come under scrutiny following scientific assessment.  Read more

Strapped Texas cancer centre built pricey office suite for president’s wife — UPDATED

Strapped Texas cancer centre built pricey office suite for president's wife — UPDATED

The financially stressed MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston appears to have invested at least US$1.5 million in capital funds in a new ‘corporate’ office suite that will be home to Lynda Chin, the wife of MD Anderson president Ronald DePinho.  The revelations come in an article in The Cancer Letter, published today.  Read more

Quake off eastern Russia may be biggest-ever deep temblor

Quake off eastern Russia may be biggest-ever deep temblor

An extraordinarily deep earthquake shook Russia’s Far East this morning. The magnitude-8.3 quake took place nearly 610 kilometres below Earth’s surface, according to preliminary estimates from the US Geological Survey.  Read more