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A Nobel Prize technique in the fight against cancer

Genome editing is the ability to modify an organism's genetic information, stored in the DNA. In order to alter the genome, scientists were inspired by a system found in nature called CRISPR/Cas9. It is a primitive immune system found in bacteria that allows them to... click to read more

  • Sofia Spataro | PhD Student at University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 3 min
published on May 5, 2021
Starving cancer: dietary modifications may enhance cancer therapy

We all obsess about our fitness and health and a critical part of it is how and what we eat. Healthy nutrition is not only important for our look, but also linked to all aspects of physiology and disease. Recent years have seen a surge... click to read more

  • Boryana Petrova | Staff scientist at Department of Pathology, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, USA
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Reading time 2.5 min
published on Feb 15, 2021
Diagnosing cancer by microbial signatures

When was the last time your oncologist talked to a microbiologist? For most, this question seems unusual, as if cancer care had little to do with the communities of microorganisms (microbes) that live together with us, called microbiota. Indeed, the last three decades of cancer... click to read more

  • Gregory D. Poore | PhD Student at Department of Bioengineering, University of California San Diego, CA, USA
  • Rob Knight | Professor at Department of Bioengineering, University of California San Diego, CA, USA
Views 2692
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 3, 2021
Tumor infiltrating immune cells predict patient outcomes

There has been much investigation into the role of the body's immune system in fighting or promoting the development of cancer, and in recent years, one particular type of immune cell, the CD8 T cell, has been shown to be important for fighting cancer in... click to read more

  • Caroline S. Jansen | MD/PhD Student at Department of Urology, School of Medicine; Winship Cancer Institute; Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine; Emory Vaccine Centre, School of Medicine; Emory University , Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Haydn T. Kissick | Assistant Professor at Department of Urology, School of Medicine; Winship Cancer Institute; Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine; Emory Vaccine Centre, School of Medicine; Emory University , Atlanta, GA, USA
Views 2763
Reading time 3 min
published on Oct 14, 2020
The Janus-Faced Nature of Cancer Immunity

Cancer, viruses, bacteria, and chemicals are threatening our bodies every day. The weapon our body uses to fight these threats is our immune system. When triggered by the presence of something it perceives as foreign (and therefore danger), our immune system will produce antibodies targeting... click to read more

  • Chih-Wei Lin | Staff Scientist at The Scripps research institute, San Diego, California, USA
  • Richard Lerner | Professor at The Scripps research institute, San Diego, California, USA
Views 2931
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 21, 2020