Head and Neck Cancer Studies Suggest Alternative Markers More Prognostically Useful than HPV DNA Testing | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The presence or absence of human papillomavirus DNA on its own in an individual's head or neck cancer does not provide enough information to help predict a patient's survival, according to a pair of new papers in the journal Cancer Research.

Two research teams — headed by investigators at Brown University and Heidelberg University, respectively — looked at the reliability of using PCR-based HPV testing to determine which head and neck squamous cell carcinomas were HPV-related and, thus, more apt to respond to treatment.

Get the full story

This story is free
for registered users

Registering provides access to this and other free content.

Register now.

Already have an account?
Login Now.

This Week in Science: New research into the emergence of infectious diseases, and scientists report on proteins involved in melanoma.

The hashtag #stupidcommonnames is gaining fans among scientists who find the common names of some animals and plants dumb.

Fed up with budget slashes, job cuts, and muzzling mandates, researchers in Canada are making science a campaign issue in the upcoming elections.

A former NIH program officer says the Internet has blasted open the door for scientific publications more interested in dollars than quality research.