marcus a. banks

Marcus A. Banks

Marcus is a science and health journalist based in New York City. He graduated from the Science Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University in 2019, and earned a master’s in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in 2002. He’s written for Slate, Undark, Spectrum, and Cancer Today.

Articles by Marcus A. Banks
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Neuron-Released Protein Can Set Off Inflammation: Study
Marcus A. Banks | Aug 19, 2021 | 3 min read
Research in mice suggests that moderating nerve activity with drugs or electrical pulses could modify tissue immune responses, curtailing the chronic pain often associated with inflammatory conditions.
visualization of p53 protein interacting with its inhibitors MDM2 and MDMX
p53 Unleashes Endogenous Retroviruses to Tackle Tumors: Study
Marcus A. Banks | Jul 29, 2021 | 4 min read
New experiments suggest the famous tumor-suppressing protein uses viral elements lingering in the genome to get cancerous cells to announce their presence to the immune system.
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Optical Genome Mapping Works Well in Detecting Cancer Risk
Marcus A. Banks | Jul 22, 2021 | 3 min read
The relatively new technique for visually detecting chromosomal variants associated with disease risk performs at least as well as more established techniques in two recent studies.
a man in a white t-shirt and face mask receives a bandage on his arm from a clinician wearing blue gloves and a plastic face shield
COVID-19 Vaccines Work in People with Cancer: Study
Marcus A. Banks | Jun 25, 2021 | 4 min read
Moderna’s, Pfizer’s, and Johnson & Johnson’s shots all offered protection against the virus regardless of cancer type, although slightly less so in people with blood cancer.
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John Pawelek, Who Explored the Causes of Metastasis, Dies at 79
Marcus A. Banks | Jun 22, 2021 | 2 min read
The Yale School of Medicine cancer researcher doggedly pursued the question of how cancer spreads.
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Cancer Metastasizes Via Fusion of Tumor and Immune Cells: Study
Marcus A. Banks | Jun 17, 2021 | 3 min read
Researchers say evidence of hybridization between leukocytes and cancer indicates that this is a primary means of metastasis. Others disagree.
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FDA-Led Consortium Details Improvements Needed in Liquid Biopsies
Marcus A. Banks | May 19, 2021 | 4 min read
In the largest effort to date to standardize performance metrics of the cancer diagnostic across products, researchers say the products can likely detect advanced tumors reliably, but early-stage malignancies would remain a challenge.
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Cancer Cells Parasitize Other Ones to Survive: Study
Marcus A. Banks | May 13, 2021 | 3 min read
Tumor cells missing a critical protein enter neighboring cells to sap their nutrients, then exit those hosts as intact cells, possibly primed to metastasize. Other scholars say it’s too early to know this for sure.
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Cones Derived from Human Stem Cells Help Mice See: Study
Marcus A. Banks | Apr 23, 2021 | 3 min read
Researchers insert functioning cone photoreceptors into the retinas of mice with advanced eye disease, improving their vision.
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Cancer Cells Could Travel Through the Interstitium: Study
Marcus A. Banks | Apr 19, 2021 | 3 min read
The continuous network of fluid-filled compartments crosses organ barriers and might serve as a conduit for tumor cells to spread.