Bayer Scientific Magazine: “Targeting the causes of cancer” the cover story in the recently published 31st edition of “research”

Small molecules to treat cancer, Gene therapies for hereditary diseases, soil bacteria for better harvest yields and strategies to protect bees – the latest edition of research provides an exclusive insight into the current research projects at Bayer. All of the articles in the magazine are also available from the online edition of research, along with animations, videos and image galleries.

LEVERKUSEN, 06-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — “Targeting the causes of cancer” is the title of the cover story in the recently published 31st edition of “research”, the Bayer Scientific Magazine. The report looks at new approaches in cancer research using small molecules to interact with cancer specific signaling pathways to destroy tumor cell selectively. Biomarkers play a decisive role here. After all, every tumor is different, just as every person is an individual. Research and development is therefore focused on individualized therapies for each patient, the so called precision medicine. State-of-the-art research methods permit scientists detailed insights into the biology of tumor cells, giving them access to previously inconceivable therapeutic opportunities.

Hereditary diseases such as hemophilia A, which is caused by a thoroughly researched gene defect, will likewise be able to be treated with novel methods better than ever before in the future. Researchers plan to use their findings to develop a gene therapy to treat the disease, or possibly even cure it. The objective of gene therapies is to insert a healthy version of the defective gene into the patient’s genome. You can read about how this method could help patients in the special report on “Treating hemophilia with gene surgery”.

On a two-page graphic spread, research explains how plant researchers are developing microbial seed treatments to increase harvest yields. Their work is based on the fact that plants and soil bacteria have co-existed in a symbiosis from which both benefit for millions of years. Bayer scientists have enhanced this relationship so that the bacteria stimulate crop growth better than ever before.

Just how important it is to get the right experts together at the right time and to create conditions in which new ideas can flourish is illustrated by the numerous collaborations that Bayer maintains with partners all over the world. For example, Bayer researchers are collaborating with scientists from the renowned Broad Institute in Boston and the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg to jointly conduct research into cardiovascular diseases and cancer, with the objective of developing new therapeutic options. The latest discoveries resulting from these collaborations are outlined in the current edition of research.

The thoroughly researched articles in the magazine explain how life science research can enhance the lives of humans, animals and plants. Explanatory graphics, fascinating photo sequences and videos shot in the laboratory or the field, and interviews with renowned scientists round off the topics while presenting new information and technologies in an attractive format.

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The online edition of research: bringing science to life
research, the Bayer Scientific Magazine, is also available online. Visit to immerse yourself in the world of research at Bayer. Fascinating animated sequences, videos and numerous photo galleries make science accessible and comprehensible.

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Dr. Katharina Jansen
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