In case you missed it: Livers living outside of the body, Nobel Laureates, and more

You survived another week and may have missed out on some news. You’re in luck, we’re here to help recap interesting news, events and announcements you may have missed.

McNair Medical Institute Symposium keynote speaker announced

On the heels of a successful and rich presentation by one Nobel Laureate, Baylor College of Medicine announced this week that another Nobel Laureate will be visiting the college.

Dr. Mario R. Capecchi, distinguished professor of human genetics and biology at the the University of Utah’s Eccles Institute of Human Genetics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, will deliver the keynote address during the April 11 McNair Medical Institute Symposium.In Case You Missed It

Dr. Capecchi is a 2007 Nobel Prize co-winner in Physiology. Read more about the free and public symposium and Dr. Capecchi.

More cancer survivors and managing the cost of care

Cancer survivorship is on the rise, according to the second Annual Report on Cancer Survivorship released by the American Association for Cancer Research. With currently 13.7 million cancer survivors nationwide, the association expects the number to increase to 18 million within the next decade.

Time magazine’s blog “Healthland” looks at the cost of cancer treatment. Read how researchers plan to battle the costs as the country’s population ages and more people survive cancer.

 Scientists find new genetic markers for cancers

Speaking of cancer, this week an international research team identified 74 new genetic markers associated with risks for breast, ovarian and prostate cancer.

The LA Times reports on the Collaborative Oncological Gene-environment Study.

Keeping the (donated) liver alive

A transplant surgeon at the University of Oxford unveiled a device Thursday that keeps donated livers at body temperature, supplying it with blood, sugar, oxygen and nutrients to keep it viable in transit.

Read more about the device in New Scientist.

-By Audrey M. Marks

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