The ABCs Of mRNA Vaccines

The ABCs Of mRNA Vaccines

News of positive data from Moderna’s (Cambridge, MA) Phase I trial of a COVID-19 vaccine has dominated this week’s headlines. Their vaccine is an mRNA-based vaccine—an entirely new approach to not only vaccines but also to therapeutics.  mRNA-based drugs...
CAR-NK: Natural Born Cancer-Killers

CAR-NK: Natural Born Cancer-Killers

Further Down The Cancer Treatment Road With CARs Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies have captured the imagination of both scientists and the public. The ability to genetically alter a patient’s own cells to fight cancer has revolutionized the treatment...
Is Genetic Variety The Spice Of Life?

Is Genetic Variety The Spice Of Life?

Understanding Basis Of Evolution Take a look at the person closest to you. Compare the color of their eyes, the texture of their hair, even the complexion of their skin to your own. Do you notice a lot of differences? Genetic variation accounts for the dissimilarities...
Feeding Cancer

Feeding Cancer

The Metabolics Of Cancer Tackling cancer requires a multi-pronged strategy. Currently, many of the cancer drugs on the market work by inhibiting the signaling pathways that activate cell division. These pathways are often the root cause of cancer—a mutated gene leads...