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Charting the immune landscape in brain cancers

Thanks to revolutionary advances in cancer research, several cancer types can today be treated and controlled over long periods, similar to other chronic diseases. Among the most recent developments are immunotherapies, which aim to activate the patients' immune system to fight cancer. While immunotherapies have... click to read more

  • Klara Soukup | Research Associate at Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Department of Oncology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Johanna A. Joyce | Professor at Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Department of Oncology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Views 2699
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 27, 2020
Shuttle service for metastatic cancer cells

The majority of cancer-related deaths are due to the spread of cancer cells throughout the body, a process called metastasis. While we still do not fully understand how metastasis works, an important role is attributed to the "disobedience" of a patient's own immune cells. In... click to read more

  • Barbara M. Szczerba | PhD student at University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • Nicola Aceto | Assistant Professor at University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Views 1995
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 7, 2019
Sleeping bacteria survive antibiotic treatment and hijack the host immune system

Since the 1940s, it has become easier to treat bacterial infections due to the discovery of antibiotics. These drugs work by corrupting active processes in bacteria, such as the ability to make DNA or proteins. By taking antibiotics when we are infected, we kill most... click to read more

  • Daphne Stapels | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Imperial College London, London, UK
  • Peter Hill | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Imperial College London, London, UK
Views 3145
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 6, 2019
Empowering the immune system to fight against cancer

It is well known that to grow and invade different organs, tumours must find ways to evade several layers of controls that are in place in our body. The immune system, a complex network of cells and antibodies has been shaped by evolution to protect... click to read more

  • Giovanni Germano | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at School of Medicine, University of Torino, Turin, Italy
Views 3039
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 22, 2018
Cold adaptation: gut bacteria can make the difference

If someone told you that in our body we harbour billions of bacteria, surely you would feel mocked, but it's true! There is evidence showing that microbes colonize all the part of our body that are exposed to the external environment (like mouth and skin),... click to read more

  • Daniele Guido | PhD student at Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 3597
Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 7, 2016