Human Biology Division

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Integrating fundamental, applied and translational scientists to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer and other diseases.

Human Biology researchers come together to form a multidisciplinary team that is influenced by individual advances. Their diverse expertise include molecular and cell biology, genomics, genetics, virology, infectious disease, computational biology, pathology and clinical research. Grounded in high-quality basic science, the research performed in Human Biology blends fundamental, applied, and translational research performed in model organisms and in vitro systems.


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Challenging the notion of personalized medicine - New brain cancer findings by scientists at Fred Hutch fly in the face of personalized medicine, which tailors treatment to a tumor’s unique genetic or molecular profile. Instead, the study suggests that effective brain cancer therapies should target the similarities between tumors rather than their differences.
Read about the study »
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Dr. Denise Galloway chairs gathering of the brightest minds to discuss new advances in HPV research. The HPV2014 conference, held in August at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, drew the brightest minds in HPV research, including nearly 1,300 basic scientists, public health researchers, physicians, providers and others dedicated to eliminating the suffering caused by the human papillomavirus.
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Human papillomaviruses may contribute to post-organ transplant skin cancer - Squamous cell skin cancer (SCSC) is the most frequent cancer to develop in patients post-transplant; however, it is an open question whether this increased frequency of SCSC is virus associated.
Read more about Drs. Madeleine and Galloway's study »
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Hutch Integrated Data Repository and Archive (HIDRA) database aims to change how cancer is treated as doctors will be able to tailor treatment to patients by seeing what has worked for others with similar tumors
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Together Fred Hutch, UW Medicine and SCCA are working to develop the most precise treatment options for patients with solid tumor cancers. The primary goal is to translate laboratory sciences into the most precise treatment options for patients with solid tumor cancers.
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Dr. Chris Kemp of the Human Biology Division at Fred Hutch, co-authored a paper demonstrating that, in contrast to the predominant “two hit” theory on tumor suppressor genes, it was not necessary to lose both copies, one hit was enough.
Read more about tumor suppressor gene research  »
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Dr. Stephen Tapscott has labored for years at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to unravel the mechanisms that drive muscular dystrophy, a condition that steadily deteriorates muscles until they stop functioning. Last year that work caught the attention of a key partner that could be critical to transforming Tapscott's research into an effective therapy.
Read more about partnering to beat muscular dystrophy »
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