Cancer Archive

Cancer, Elephants and P53

What is p53? Also known as a tumor protein or a cellular tumor antigen, p53 (also sometimes called TP53) is a gene that codes for proteins which in essence keep cancerous tumors from forming. Along with another cancer-suppressing …

Infographic: P53- Guardian of the Genome

What is the link between genes and cancer? In this infographic, we explore how malfunctions in a regulatory gene, called p53, can increase susceptibility to some forms of cancer.   Additional Resources: Scitable- P53 Genes …

Infographic: What is H. pylori?

You have probably heard about the connection between the bacteria Helicobacter pylori and stomach ulcers. But how does this bacteria survive in the hostile environment of the stomach? This infographic provides a quick overview of …

The Cancer Gene We All Have

We recently had the pleasure of working with TedEd and ZedeM Media to produce an animation based on our RicochetScience article “What is the Link Between BRCA1 and Cancer?“. The video is now posted to …

The Isotopes of the Fukushima Disaster

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck the coast of Japan, causing the shutdown of 11 of Japan’s nuclear power reactors, including reactors 1, 2, and 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. …
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Starving Cancer Cells to Death

Cancer is basically the inability of the body to control the division of its own cells. This is caused by mutations in the DNA of a cell that causes it to lose its normal identity …
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What is the link between BRCA1 and cancer?

The announcement that Angelia Jolie has undergone a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing breast cancer has many people wondering what  BRCA1 is and how it relates to breast cancer. It is important …