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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 …

Overcoming the Limitations of CAR-T Therapy: Burnout

Reading time: 4 minutes Alex S. Woodell Marathon runners are an interesting breed. In order to complete the grueling 26.2 mile circuit, they must push their mental and physical boundaries to the limit. Seasoned runners possess great strength, focus, resilience, and determination. Each of these qualities is a testament to the intense training schedules they …

Robots are coming for your job (if you are a radiologist)

Reading time: 4 minutes Morgan McSweeney What can humans do better than robots? For most of history, the answer to that question has been.. everything. However, the balance of power is rapidly shifting away from warm, fleshy, humans toward cold, calculating, processing power. Did you know that a few years ago, an artificial intelligence (AI) …

Estrogen on the Brain: How Hormones Might Be Increasing Brain Metastasis

Reading time: 3 minutes Sara Musetti One of the realities of cancer is that the primary tumor is rarely the cause of issues; usually, mortality and complications come from tumor cells spreading throughout the body and forming new tumors, a process called metastasis. For most cancers, the primary tumor can be surgically removed, but once …

The Ubiquitin System and Why Researchers Are Targeting it for Cancer Therapy

Reading time: 4 minutes Kedar Puvar Cancerous cells by definition are constantly growing and multiplying and therefore have devised ways to sustain that growth. If one wishes to create a brand new therapeutic against cancer, it’s necessary to identify molecular mechanisms that cancer cells use to grow, then attempt to shut down that mechanism with …

Falling through the gaps: Do nanoparticles enable cancer cells to escape through leaky vessels?

Reading time: 3 minutes Manisit Das Previously at Oncobites, we discussed how small particles such as nanoparticles could be used for delivering drugs against cancer. The nanoparticles can carry the drugs to the tumor taking advantage of the leakiness of blood vessels running through the tumor. The leaky vessels allow the drug-carrying nanoparticles to enter …