Microscopic Robots Deliver Drugs to the Brain
Microscopic Robots Deliver Drugs to the Brain
Researchers turned white blood cells called neutrophils into drug-smuggling “neutrobots,” which penetrated the blood-brain barrier to treat brain cancer in mice.
Microscopic Robots Deliver Drugs to the Brain
Microscopic Robots Deliver Drugs to the Brain

Researchers turned white blood cells called neutrophils into drug-smuggling “neutrobots,” which penetrated the blood-brain barrier to treat brain cancer in mice.

Researchers turned white blood cells called neutrophils into drug-smuggling “neutrobots,” which penetrated the blood-brain barrier to treat brain cancer in mice.

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Best of Cancer Research
Best of Cancer Research
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Sep 23, 2020
This collection of articles from The Scientist explores some of the latest cancer research!
Image of the Day: Tumor Vasculature
Image of the Day: Tumor Vasculature
Amy Schleunes | Jan 24, 2020
Researchers use a cutting-edge technique to map the blood vessels of brain tumors as patients are awake during surgery with the hope of reducing damage to adjacent tissues.
Air Pollution Tied to Brain Cancer: Study
Air Pollution Tied to Brain Cancer: Study
Emily Makowski | Nov 13, 2019
Inhaling combustion-produced particles may lead to the development of brain tumors.
Aggressive Cancers Feed Off the Brain’s Nerves
Aggressive Cancers Feed Off the Brain’s Nerves
Emily Makowski | Sep 20, 2019
Three studies show that tumor cells can behave like neurons.
Immune-Activating Gene Therapy for Glioblastoma
Immune-Activating Gene Therapy for Glioblastoma
Ruth Williams | Aug 14, 2019
The results of an early trial in 31 brain cancer patients finds immune activity boosted in the tumor, and possibly longer survival.
Glioblastoma on a Chip
Glioblastoma on a Chip
Jef Akst | Jul 15, 2019
Researchers use 3-D printing technology to construct a brain cancer model that accurately recapitulated in vivo biology and predicted patient drug responses.
The Next Frontier of CAR T-Cell Therapy: Solid Tumors
The Next Frontier of CAR T-Cell Therapy: Solid Tumors
Kerry Grens | Apr 1, 2019
The technology has wowed the field by all but obliterating some patients’ blood cancers, but solid malignancies present new challenges.
Study Finds “Some Evidence” that Cellphone Radiation Linked to Brain Cancer in Male Rats
Study Finds “Some Evidence” that Cellphone Radiation Linked to Brain Cancer in Male Rats
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 5, 2018
The results cannot be extrapolated to humans, researchers caution.
Poliovirus Therapy May Extend Lives of Advanced Brain-Cancer Patients
Poliovirus Therapy May Extend Lives of Advanced Brain-Cancer Patients
Ashley Yeager | Jun 26, 2018
More than one-fifth of individuals treated with the genetically modified virus survived at least three years.
A Neuroscientist’s Journey Through Madness
A Neuroscientist’s Journey Through Madness
Barbara Lipska with Elaine McArdle | Apr 1, 2018
After I was diagnosed with brain cancer and started to lose my mental health, the importance of my job came into clear focus.
Immune Cells Deliver Cancer Drugs to the Brain
Immune Cells Deliver Cancer Drugs to the Brain
Diana Kwon | Jun 19, 2017
Neutrophils loaded with the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel traverse the blood-brain barrier and kill residual cancer cells after tumor-resection surgery in mice.
PubPeer Users Question a Cancer Paper
PubPeer Users Question a Cancer Paper
Bob Grant | Jan 13, 2016
A 2012 Cancer Cell paper is under investigation after users of the post-publication peer review website raised questions about the validity of Western blot images.
Eminent Cancer Researcher Dies
Eminent Cancer Researcher Dies
Bob Grant | Dec 15, 2015
Indiana University’s David Flockhart, a pioneer of personalized medicine, has passed away at age 63. 
Breaching the Blood-Brain Barrier
Breaching the Blood-Brain Barrier
Jef Akst | Nov 11, 2015
Researchers deliver cancer-fighting drugs to a patient’s brain via the bloodstream, penetrating the blood-brain barrier for the first time.
A Multi-Cancer Diagnostic?
A Multi-Cancer Diagnostic?
Kate Yandell | Jul 14, 2014
Researchers report an ability to detect several types of cancer in blood samples based on signatures of immune response, but some are skeptical about the utility of such a test.
Targeted Brain Cancer Vaccine
Targeted Brain Cancer Vaccine
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 25, 2014
Mouse study demonstrates the ability of a cancer vaccine targeted against a specific oncogenic mutation to elicit a protective anti-tumor immune response. 
New Approach to Killing Cancer
New Approach to Killing Cancer
Kerry Grens | Mar 22, 2014
A drug tested in mice causes tumor cells to explode.  
Next Generation: Seeing Brain Tumors
Next Generation: Seeing Brain Tumors
Jef Akst | Feb 27, 2014
A new camera system supports the visualization of gliomas stained with Tumor Paint, a chlorotoxin-based imaging agent that’s currently in clinical trials.
Radiation Therapy Damages Neurons
Radiation Therapy Damages Neurons
Chris Palmer | Jul 16, 2013
Cranial irradiation, a common brain cancer treatment, disrupts neural morphology in mice in ways that resemble damage caused by neurodegenerative conditions.