Cancer has been estimated to be the second leading cause of death in the United States and to represent about 13 percent of all deaths worldwide. It can affect people at all ages, but risk for the more common varieties tends to increase with age.
Cancer is a disease, or some believe a set of diseases, characterized by a population of cells that grow and divide without respect to normal limits, invade and destroy adjacent tissues, and may spread to distant anatomic sites. Nearly all cancers are caused by abnormalities in the genetic material of the transformed cells. These abnormalities may be due to the effects of the environment, such as exposure to carcinogens, or cancer-promoting genetic abnormalities which may be inherited and thus present in all cells from birth.
Complex interactions between carcinogens and the host genome make it a challenging task for researchers to understand the underlying mechanism of action and find cures for the many forms of this disease. Thus, it is important for researches to have tools that allow them to easily study cancerous cells and their affects under varying biological conditions. For instance, researchers want to understand how cancerous cells bypass the natural process of programmed cell death or apoptosis, as well as how some genes may exert control over the cell cycle to encourage or prevent unwanted cell growth.
There are many unanswered questions in the area of cancer biology, and researchers need higher and higher capability instruments, software, and assays to help them unravel the mysteries that this disease still holds.
Molecular Devices provides a wide range of tools to support life science research and drug discovery. As an industry leader in cellular imaging, our microscopy and high-content imaging systems can help drive the success of your analytical and bioanalytical cancer research efforts. We also provide numerous configurations of multi-mode microplate readers and companion instruments as well as a well-respected line of microarray scanners. Please use the links below to learn more about how our cancer research products can help drive the success of your research.