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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 …

The link between cleanliness and childhood cancer

Taylor B. Poston Childhood acute leukemia is the most common pediatric cancer in the developed world. It accounts for one-third of all cases and affects 1 in 2000 children under the age of 15. More specifically, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common pediatric leukemia and case numbers have been increasing steadily at 1% …

Recombinant cytokines: The original cancer immunotherapy

Reading time: 4 minutes Bekah Schulz Many people are excited about checkpoint inhibitors in cancer immunotherapy. In fact, the 2018 Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded for the development of two checkpoint inhibitors PD-1/L1 (Opdivo/Keytruda) and CTLA-4 (Yervoy). However, cancer immunotherapy is not a new concept. In fact, in 1986, recombinant interferon (IFN) alpha was …

The Cancer Genome Atlas: A Roadmap for Cancer Research

Reading time: 3 minutes Rachel Cherney At Oncobites, we write about current and cutting edge cancer research and how various lifestyles may affect cancer risk. However, we don’t often talk about the types of data that are generated from cancer research or how they can be used. Large informative data sets can be used to …