What "Probably Causes Cancer" Really Means

One of the most commonly-used pesticides in the world was recently declared a probable cause of cancer—but that doesn't mean what you think, and here are some stick figures to explain it to you. » 4/01/15 6:27pm Yesterday 6:27pm

The Science Of Spontaneous Healing

A person comes down with a terrible disease. The doctors give up all hope. Then, suddenly, the disease is gone. It's a great soap opera plot, but it can actually happen in real life. The question is, how? » 3/31/15 8:00am Tuesday 8:00am

Women At Risk For Ovarian Cancer Have New Options, But No Easy Choices

Women predisposed to ovarian cancer can reduce their risk with surgery, but with it comes early menopause. To avoid this, some doctors propose delaying part of the procedure. But is this safe? » 3/14/15 11:45am 3/14/15 11:45am

The Game You Can Play to Help Cancer Research

Cancer Research UK's latest foray into citizen science is in the form of the game Even the Odds. Just spend some time trying to save the Odds and you can also help researchers gather data on cancer cells. » 3/12/15 3:30am 3/12/15 3:30am

Everything You Need To Know About The New, More Effective HPV Vaccine

A recently approved vaccine called Gardasil 9 protects against more strains of HPV and HPV-related cancers than any vaccine currently available. But who should get it? And how did it get so much better? Here's a complete rundown on the state of the art in HPV-cancer prevention. » 2/26/15 11:58am 2/26/15 11:58am

Seth Davis Promotes His Mom's Hoax Cancer Cures

There have never been more options for those convinced that the medical establishment is hiding secrets from them. Look at the Google ads running down the sidebar of just about any website you visit, and you're almost certain to see ads about "natural" cures—gluten-free diets and alkaline water, superfoods and… » 2/19/15 2:11pm 2/19/15 2:11pm

A Mitochondrial DNA Transplant Could Help Treat Hundreds Of Diseases

For the first time ever, researchers in New Zealand have shown that mitochondrial DNA can move between cells in an animal tumor. It's an extraordinary finding that could lead to an entirely new field of synthetic biology and the treatment of hundreds of diseases. » 1/07/15 12:40pm 1/07/15 12:40pm

Math Suggests Most Cancers Are Caused By "Bad Luck"

Two-thirds of all cancers are caused by random mutations and not genetics or lifestyle factors, say scientists from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. » 1/02/15 7:20am 1/02/15 7:20am

A Cool New Theory Explains Why Red Wine Is So Damned Good For You

The antioxidant resveratrol, which is found in red wine and other foods like nuts and soy, is known for its ability to decrease incidence of heart disease and other illnesses, leading some to call it the "elixir of youth." Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute now have an explanation for how it works. » 12/23/14 12:20pm 12/23/14 12:20pm

Why It's Harmful to Describe Cancer as a "War"

When people talk about cancer, they often resort to the language of war – e.g. Mary lost her brave fight with cancer. Many compelling objections have been made against the use of such "battle metaphors," and a growing body of evidence suggests that, for some people, they can actually be harmful. » 11/06/14 11:30am 11/06/14 11:30am

High Number Of Sex Partners Linked To Lower Risk Of Prostate Cancer


A survey of more than 3,000 Montreal-area men has found those who reported having had more than 20 female sex partners are 28% less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who had slept with only one woman. Cue the avalanche of spuriously justified sexual decisions! » 10/30/14 4:40pm 10/30/14 4:40pm

Google X Labs is developing a pill that could one day detect cancer and heart disease. The pill would contain 2,000 nanoparticles coated with antibodies and molecules capable of detecting other molecules, and travel through the patient's bloodstream in search of malignant cells. The findings would be transmitted to a… » 10/29/14 7:00pm 10/29/14 7:00pm

Stem Cells Can Be Turned Into Killing Machines That Fight Brain Tumors

Researchers from Harvard Medical School have genetically engineered stem cells to produce and secrete toxins which kill brain tumors, without killing normal cells or themselves. Though the work was performed on mice, researchers call it "the future of cancer treatment." Clinical trials could start within five years. » 10/27/14 8:20am 10/27/14 8:20am

Breakthrough: Scientists Use Sound To Breach The Blood-Brain Barrier

For the first time ever in humans, neuroscientists have penetrated the stubborn barrier that protects the brain from toxins in the bloodstream. The breakthrough means that doctors can now deliver drugs to previously inaccessible parts of the brain, making it easier to treat cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. » 10/22/14 10:20am 10/22/14 10:20am

A fascinating new theory proposed by two renowned cosmologists suggests an evolutionary role for cancer. According to Paul Davies and Charles Lineweaver, cancer may be our cells' way of running in 'safe mode' — much like a damaged operating system trying to preserve itself. It's a controversial idea, but it could lead… » 10/03/14 11:08am 10/03/14 11:08am

An Outbreak Turns These Creatures To Blue Goo—But Who Is Responsible?

The creatures in this clever short film are hit by a terrifying outbreak, one that causes them to explode into a blue gooey substance. Be sure to watch to the end to find out who is behind this mysterious menace. » 9/09/14 2:40pm 9/09/14 2:40pm

Americans Clearly Don't Understand How Deadly HPV Is

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in America. With the exception of HIV, it is also the most fatal. But for almost a decade, we've had a vaccine that prevents HPV infection and, by extension, the deadly cancers it causes. So why aren't American adolescents getting access to this vaccine? » 8/27/14 11:41am 8/27/14 11:41am

A Scientific Guide To Surviving Summer

The first day of summer is fast approaching – will you be prepared for suntanning, swimming, and swarms of bugs? Here's our handy guide to surviving the sultriest of seasons, with SCIENCE. » 6/15/14 2:55pm 6/15/14 2:55pm

R.I.P. Jay Lake, Irreplaceable Science Fiction And Fantasy Author

The first time I met Jay Lake, he was greeting people at a convention party in a Hawaiian shirt and joking, "That's right. I'm Cancer Guy." Lake was willing to joke about his identity as cancer survivor, while also inspiring others. But his identity as a writer and editor of groundbreaking SF was even more important. » 6/01/14 2:15pm 6/01/14 2:15pm