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Here at OncoBites, a team of graduate scientists and Ph.D.s with a passion for cancer research has gathered to share cutting-edge research with a wider audience. We understand that jargon and isolated professional communities have made science feel inaccessible to most people, even people considering the field. In addition, paywalls on articles can make trying …

Natural Products for cancer research

Reading time: 3 minutes Bekah Schulz Natural products, or compounds isolated from plants/microorganisms, have been used as herbal medicines throughout human history. These compounds have many measurable effects. In fact, ⅓ of the top selling pharmaceuticals are natural products or their derivatives. Many antibiotics were discovered from screening these compounds and recently have shown efficacy …

Cancer cells use an exosome “message in a bottle” to turn off the immune system

Reading time: 4 minutes Morgan McSweeney As we have written about before, cancer immunotherapy aims to make use of the body’s own immune cells to attack cancer cells, thereby preventing their continued growth. However, the body has a system of checks and balances in place to make sure that the immune system does not accidentally …

Evolution of chemotherapy: A look back in time

Reading time: 5 minutes Payal Yokota Chemotherapy (chemo) can be prescribed alone and in combination with other therapies such as surgery, radiation, and immunotherapies (ie. vaccines, checkpoint blockade, etc).  Since its discovery, the chemo field has greatly advanced, both in its development and ability to treat cancers. While surgery and radiation act locally to remove …