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New cancer drug screening method created

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United Press International

U.S. medical scientists say they’ve developed a laboratory technique that improves on traditional methods of screening potential anti-cancer drugs.

The researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute said their technique more closely simulates the real-world conditions in which tumor cells mingle with the body’s normal cells.

“Despite their often impressive results in the laboratory, for every 100 potential anti-cancer therapies administered in patients in clinical trials, only about eight prove safe and effective enough to receive Food and Drug Administration approval,” said the study’s senior author, Dr. Constantine Mitsiades of Dana-Farber, a teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School…

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