Amgen: Hi-tech Cancer Video Resources

This resource was first posted on Wired.com and looks great – if you have the bandwidth to load and play it. Amgen is a for-profit US-based biotechnology company that are working on pharmaceuticals to combat cancer and other illnesses. With this resource, including 15 videos, they show how they are working to combat tumour angiogenesis – the critical stage in cancer development which often leads to complications and mortality.

As the tumour grows, it requires a blood supply and angiogenesis provides this – by growing new blood vessels. The risk now is metastasis – some of the tumour could pass into the new blood vessels and be carried around the body, where they might reinvade and grow in a new location. Metastasis accounts for the majority of deaths related to cancer.

To enter their flashy angiogenesis website, click here.

Or for a sneaky peaky:

There are also some good angiogenesis animations on YouTube, which might load more easily:

A quick one from Proneural:

A longer explanation from Envita healthcare:

And for loads of great information, the National Cancer Institute has a series of slides with information, and a powerpoint presentation free to download.

About Stephen

Director of Learning & MYP Coordinator at Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan. Formerly MYP HS Science & IBDP Bio teacher and missing it terribly. Twitterist (@sjtylr), dad and bloggerer.

Posted on April 18, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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