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When scientific hypotheses don’t pan out

Research studies are often built around an educated guess. What happens when those guesses are wrong?

Feb. 16, 2018 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Researchers are always prepared for the possibility of a disproven hypothesis. But what happens when a beloved idea or dogma is shattered is less technical, less predictable. More human.

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Dr. Matthew Miller named Damon Runyon ‘Breakthrough Scientist’

Award follows Miller’s Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellowship, confers $100,000 in research funding

Feb. 15, 2018 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Fred Hutch postdoctoral fellow Dr. Matthew Miller has received the Damon Runyon-Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists, an award conferred to six recipients this year.

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‘Waistbands’ of our chromosomes marked by unusual X-shaped DNA

Human Y chromosome’s center more ‘monkey-like’ than other human chromosomes, study finds

Feb. 2, 2018 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

A new study has found that the midpoints of our chromosomes seem to be marked with unusual X-shaped DNA -- and the Y chromosome is even more unusual.

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Science to watch in 2018: From immunotherapy to gene therapy, big data to new tech

Fred Hutch experts lend their predictions for the coming year’s advances

Jan. 12, 2018 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

We asked Fred Hutch researchers for their predictions on scientific advances to watch in the coming year. Look for their tips on what's next in cancer immunotherapy, precision oncology, gene editing, infectious disease research, cancer prevention and more.

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Immune cells share their insides with tumors to promote cancer spread

New study in zebrafish and mice shows immune cells interact with melanoma and transfer their contents to spur metastasis

Dec. 4, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

A new study using mice and tiny transparent fish as models of human cancer, published in Developmental Cell, has shed light on the very first stages of metastasis in the skin cancer melanoma.

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Understanding HIV’s evolutionary past — and future

Studies of how the virus evolved and how it might change down the road could help researchers develop vaccines or cures for the infection

Nov. 20, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

At approximately 100 years old, HIV is a relatively recent arrival on the human virus scene. But its roots stretch back much farther. Understanding where the virus has come from can help us understand where it’s going — and how to stop it — say evolutionary biologists.

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