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The Pandemic Legacy and mRNA Vaccine Technology: Vaccines for HIV and Cancer

As COVID-19 emerged as a global humanitarian threat, many pharmaceutical companies entered the race for the development of a vaccine. Consequently, we have witnessed the widespread application of mRNA vaccine technology, given its notable advantages over DNA-based vaccine technology in quicker manufacturing and production times [3]. While mRNA technology has existed for decades, the COVID-19…

COVID-19’s Shadow on Cancer Screening

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the priority of medical care around the globe. In April 2020, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommended postponing medical services such as routine care and preventive screening in order to triage resources and reduce risk of transmission [6]. The enforcement of public health guidelines, compounded with the fear of…

The Role of ZFHX4 in Regulating the Cancer Stem Cell State

Gliomas are a class of primary brain tumors that originate from glial cells, which are cells that support the function of neurons in the central nervous system. This class of tumors includes astrocytic tumors, oligodendrogliomas, ependymomas and mixed gliomas. Within the group of primary astrocytomas, glioblastoma multiforme is the most malignant and commonly occurring astrocytoma,…

How Can We Promote Preventative Care to The Underserved?

With cancer as the second leading cause of death, bureaucratic and financial support for preventative care is needed now, more than ever. Indeed, an estimated 42% of cancers are preventable; however, underserved communities are characterized by “inadequate access to, or reduced utilization of, high quality cancer prevention, screening and early detection, treatment, and/or rehabilitation services”…

A Crash Course on Immunotherapy

Our immune system has amazing capabilities. From macrophages that ‘eat’ microbes to plasma cells which produce specific antibodies, numerous cell types work in conjunction to eliminate pathogens from the body. Equipped to target a wide range of foreign threats, the immune system’s T cells are especially powerful and adaptable, even able to recognize internal danger…

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