In this issue, we speak with James P. Allison about his discovery and development of a therapy that unleashes the immune system to fight cancer. We also talk with Stanley N. Cohen about his studies on bacterial plasmids and how his work helped usher in a new era of molecular biology. Lastly, we feature the third and fourth installments of our video interview with Nancy Wexler.
 

James P. Allison: Crusading for cancer immunotherapy

Allison shares how his early-career fascination with T-cell behavior eventually led to monoclonal antibody therapy for melanoma, a fundamentally new strategy for treating cancer. 

 

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Stanley N. Cohen: Transforming molecular biology 

Cohen’s quest to understand how bacteria share genes laid a foundation for recombinant DNA technology and helped expand the biological promise of genetic engineering.

 

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An interview with Nancy Wexler: Chapter 3 & 4

In these third and fourth installments, Wexler discusses potential therapies for Huntington’s disease and how genetic variants may attenuate symptom severity. 

 

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If you think preparedness is expensive, the pandemic puts things in perspective

For Scientific American, Lasker President Claire Pomeroy shares five insights about medical research highlighted by the fight against COVID-19.

 

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