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Canadian Prostate Cancer Genome Network Wins $20M from Prostate Cancer Canada, OICR


A new research project called the Canadian Prostate Cancer Genome Network plans to study the genomics of prostate cancer, the International Cancer Genome Consortium said this week.

The network, one of 37 projects conducted under the ICGC's umbrella, is funded with up to CA$15 million ($15.2 million) from Prostate Cancer Canada and CA$5 million ($5.1 million from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.

According to the ICGC, it will "map the genetic structure of prostate cancer and provide new information that could greatly improve the diagnosis and treatment of the disease."

The project, dubbed CPC GENE, will be led by Robert Bristow, a senior scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute, the research arm of the University Health Network's Princess Margaret Hospital, and a genitourinary radiation oncologist at PMH.

It will involve Canadian researchers in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Kingston, and Montreal, who will collaborate with research teams in the UK, France, and Germany.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.