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THE POLISH SCIENCE VOICE
THE POLISH SCIENCE VOICE


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The Polish Science Voice  
No. 56
The Polish Science Voice

A publication Co-financed by National Center For Research and Development
When a patient has cancer, the doctors routinely prescribe chemotherapy. The basic method for treating cancer, chemotherapy is based on administering large doses of drugs containing chemicals designed to kill cancer cells. However, the problem is that this kind of treatment does not always work because the body’s own proteins—known as barrier proteins—sometimes remove the anticancer drug from cancer cells after recognizing drug ingredients as foreign material.
With a rising number of patients diagnosed with breast cancer and lymphoma, Polish researchers at the Medical University of ŁódĽ, working in collaboration with experts from biotechnology company Mabion, have developed two innovative biotech drugs to fight these tumors. The project is part of worldwide efforts to come up with more effective ways of combating breast cancer and lymphoma.
How can chemotherapy for cancer patients be improved? Polish scientists say that one way is to stop special proteins—known as ABC barrier proteins—from removing anticancer drugs from cancer cells.
For the first time in my life I’m driving a truck. I feel insecure, even though I am a driver with 20 years of experience. Except that I normally drive a passenger car, using it to commute to work every day. Now I’m driving through the city streets and every now and again find myself cutting into the shoulder of the road, and trying not to run into a truck traveling in the opposite direction or at least hitting it with my left mirror. A small traffic circle appears ahead. I haven’t got the feel of driving such a large vehicle and I cut right through the island in the middle of the circle, driving straight ahead. The truck is jumping up onto the curbs. Fortunately, the truck is not real; it’s a simulator used for training drivers.
Until recently, the word “smart” was only used in reference to people. But due to the technological revolution during the last half-century, today we also have smart buildings, plants, and even power grids.
Poland’s National Science Center, a government agency that finances fundamental research, has launched its third Maestro program of research grants for experienced researchers. The funds are expected to help finance and facilitate a number of pioneering research projects.
Protecting the environment in areas around the Baltic Sea is the main subject of several doctoral dissertations written by young researchers who have won scholarships as part of the fourth round of the InnoDoktorant program designed to support promising doctoral students.
Dietary supplements rich in omega 3 fatty acids from salmon skin, bio-packaging from fish waste—methods to obtain such products are being developed by doctoral students at the Department of Chemistry of the Gdańsk University of Technology in northern Poland.
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