For more than 80 years, scientists have thought that cancer cells fuel their explosive growth by soaking up glucose from the blood, using its energy and atoms to crank out duplicate sets of cellular components. But is this really true? Work in a metabolomics laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis suggests not.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced Feb. 17 that
Washington University in St. Louis’ Gary Patti has been awarded a 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship.
He is among 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers selected as
fellowship recipients this year. Awarded annually since 1955, the
fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose
achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next
generation of scientific leaders.
Investigators at Washington University and The Scripps Research Institute have announced the launch of a “Global Metabolomic Initiative” to facilitate meta-analyses on studies of the metabolism of bacteria, yeast, plants, animals and people. Although metabolomics has existed as a discipline for only a decade, it has already provided insights into many difficult-to-treat diseases, including chronic pain. Many more are expected to fall out of the meta-analyses.