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New ESMO tumor DNA scale helps match patients with cancer to optimal targeted medicines

A new scale for tumor DNA mutations which will simplify and standardize choices for targeted cancer treatment has been agreed by leading cancer specialists in Europe and North America. The scale, called ESCAT (ESMO Scale for Clinical Actionability of molecular Targets), aims to optimize patient care by making it easier to identify patients with cancer who are likely to respond to precision medicines, and help make treatment more cost effective.

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Researchers turn tracking codes into ‘clouds’ to authenticate genuine 3-D printed parts

A team has found a way to prove the provenance of 3-D printed parts by embedding QR (Quick Response) codes in an innovative way for unique device identification. The researchers describe converting QR codes into 3-D features so that that they neither compromise the part's integrity nor announce themselves to counterfeiters who have the means to reverse engineer the part.

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Massive monumental cemetery built by Eastern Africa’s earliest herders discovered in Kenya

An international team has found the earliest and largest monumental cemetery in eastern Africa. The Lothagam North Pillar Site was built 5,000 years ago by early pastoralists living around Lake Turkana, Kenya. This group is believed to have had an egalitarian society, without a stratified social hierarchy. Thus their construction of such a large public project contradicts long-standing narratives that a stratified social structure is necessary to enable the construction of large public monuments.

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