The Era of Personalized Cancer Therapeutics

  Isabel Levy & Seema Bachoo Glossary Adoptive T cell transfer, Allosteric site, Clonal expansion, CRISPR-Cas9, DNA, DNA sequencing, EGFR, ‘Gain-of-function’ mutation, Genome, Genomic Instability, GTPase, GDP, GTP, Kinase, ‘Loss-of-function’ mutation, MAPK signaling pathway, Mutation, Oncogene/Proto-oncogene,  Personalized Cancer Medicine, PI3K pathway, RAS, TP53 gene, Tumor suppressor gene   Background Cancer: a disease of the genome […]

Genomics: The Advent of Preventative Medicine?

Olivia Crossley   Glossary Amniocentesis, Cell, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,  Chorionic villus sampling,  Chromosome, COVID-19, CRISPR-Cas9,  Cystic fibrosis, DNA, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Etiology, Familial Hypercholesterolemia, Gene, Genetic Counselling, Genetic Testing, Hemophilia, Leopard syndrome, Mucopolysaccharidosis type I,  Noncoding DNA, Parkinson’s disease, Pharmacogenomics, Phenylketonuria, Precision Medicine, Prenatal testing,  Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disorder, Spinal Muscular Atrophy   What is […]

COVID-19: How will testing and vaccines have to adapt to new variants?

Joana Vidigueira   Abbreviations SARS: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, CoV: coronavirus, MERS: Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, DNA: deoxyribonucleic acid, RNA: ribonucleic acid, ACE2: angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, APC: antigen presenting cells, mRNA: messenger RNA, RT-PCR: reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction Introduction Viruses are biological agents that are only able to survive and multiply within a living […]

How immunotherapy can improve colorectal cancer prognosis

Aaron Logsdon   Abbreviations CAR, chimeric antigen receptor; CAR-T, chimeric antigen receptor T lymphocyte therapy; CRC, colorectal cancer; DCR, disease control rate; dMMR, mismatch repair-deficient; FDA, US Food and Drug Administration; ICI, immune checkpoint inhibition; MMR, mismatch repair genes; MSI-H, high microsatellite instability; MSS, microsatellite stable; OR, objective response; pMMR, mismatch repair proficient; Treg, T […]

What is meant by the terms Personalized and Precision Medicine?

Lovisa Lindquist Currently, the majority of healthcare systems around the world employ a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach when treating patients that have been diagnosed with the same disease, meaning that people with the same diagnosis will most likely be prescribed the same treatment [1]. However, through the use of sophisticated molecular techniques that have been developed in […]

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month: Understanding the disease

Alessandro Troiani   “We all know our time is going to come eventually, but we rarely think about it, until we’re faced with the possibility of it.” This quote was taken from the testimonial of a patient who is referred to as PR in this article. PR was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at the […]

Huntington’s disease: prevention and current innovations in treatment

Huntington’s disease: prevention and current innovations in treatment Jenny ChatzigerouHuntington’s disease (HD) is a genetic neurodegenerative disorder that was first described in 1872 by the physician George Huntington,1 in his seminal paper ‘On Chorea’.  Huntington described the condition as a hereditary, progressive, adult-onset disease that caused patients to suffer from a range of cognitive, motor, […]