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% …

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 …

Are humans immune to CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing?

Reading time: 4 minutes Morgan McSweeney CRISPR-Cas9 is the molecular gene editing system that has inspired hopes for a solution to genetic disease. By studying how bacteria use the CRISPR-Cas system to defend themselves against bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria), scientists have developed methods to use those same molecular scissors to cut out human genes …

Profiling the killer: Using gene sequencing to guide management in pancreatic cancer

Manisit Das In earlier OncoBites articles, we discussed how genetic testing is increasingly used to guide cancer management. Cancer arises due to changes in our DNA sequences that make up our genes, which we refer to as gene mutations. By analyzing the genetic signatures within the tumor, clinicians can make better-informed choices to streamline the …