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Our picks in Science Policy April 9th-15th

Written by Ben Wolfson Originally published at https://wp.me/p8tLO8-2e 1. The problems with cancer research cell lines As a cancer biologists, there are several breast cancer cell lines I use every day. Some of these are derived from human tumors, some from mouse tumors that closely mimic what we see in human patients. However, we’ve known for a long time that cell lines don’t cut it in research. They’re good for the basics, but findings must be verified in an animal before it can even be attempted to be brought into the clinic. The NCI-60 was a panel of 60 human cancer...

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I’ve got a (scientific) crush on Immunotherapy

Do you have a “scientific crush”? sci·en·tif·ic crush noun An area of research that you are not actively science-ing but are constantly reading about and fascinated by A scientific phenomenon you want to discuss over a beer or two with your colleagues, or really anyone willing to listen An area of research that always gets your brain juices flowing and ends in a typical nerd-gasm (aka “it’s just SO cool!!!”)   The presenter at a recent journal club used this term to explain why he chose to present a particular article that wasn’t directly related to his own research. I...

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Cancer Stem Cells – Targeting the Mothership of a Tumor

There are moments while reflecting on my research that I imagine I’m in the movie Independence Day, gliding through outer space in a hijacked attack ship with Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, locked in the alien mothership’s tractor beam. Little does the mothership know that inside this seemingly normal alien vessel sits a manmade nuclear bomb, primed for detonation. We creep up to the entrance of the great ship; its massive doors slowly open. Once inside, we see its vast inner workings. It is clear that they are mounting a new assault and we finally understand that this is the...

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Buzzwords in Science: Mutations – The crazy world of mutants and deadly mutations!

A buzzword that is commonly heard in science news across the medical spectrum is “mutations”. If you’ve read any sort of medical news report in the last decade,  you’ve likely heard the word “mutation” more times than you can count. But for such a prolific word that has undoubtedly made its way into the public sphere, very few people truly know what this means. So let’s take some time to understand mutations. First off, let’s dispel some myths that probably don’t need any dispelling. Most people have undoubtedly heard of X-men before and their version of mutants and mutations. So...

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