Cancer's Grip

April 2016

Featured Stories

Microbes Meet Cancer
Microbes Meet Cancer

Understanding cancer’s relationship with the human microbiome could transform immune-modulating therapies.

The Forces of Cancer
The Forces of Cancer

A tumor’s physical environment fuels its growth and causes treatment resistance.




Meet some of the people featured in the April 2016 issue of The Scientist.


Shooting for the Moon

Defeating cancer is many times more difficult than planting a flag on our lunar satellite.

Speaking of Science


A Tree Takes Root

Four apparently unrelated individuals share a common ancestor from whom they inherited a rare mutation that predisposed them to the cancer they share.

The Two Faces of Fish Oil

The discovery of a tumor-protecting role for a fatty acid found in fish oil has sparked debate about the product’s safety.

Cancer Be Damned

Teenager Lauren Bendesky turned her cancer diagnosis on its head, using herself as a research subject to test potential therapies.

Critic at Large

Pet Scans

Studying tumor development and treatment in dogs and cats, in parallel with research on rodents and humans, could improve the successful translation of new cancer drugs.

Online First

Two-Way Traffic

In mice, malignant cells genetically modified to express an anticancer cytokine home in on tumors and reduce their growth.

Modus Operandi

The Literature

Tumor Traps

After surgery to remove a tumor, neutrophils recruited to the site spit out sticky webs of DNA that aid cancer recurrence.


Guts and Glory

An open mind and collaborative spirit have taken Hans Clevers on a journey from medicine to developmental biology, gastroenterology, cancer, and stem cells.

Scientist to Watch

Lab Tools

Pulling It All Together

Systems-biology approaches offer new strategies for finding hard-to-identify drug targets for cancer.

Written in Blood

A tour of evolving strategies for identifying circulating disease biomarkers

Bio Business

Reading Frames

Parallel Plagues

Like cancer, ecological scourges result from the breakdown of regulatory processes, and may be treated with similar logic.

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

Lab Girl, The Most Perfect Thing, Half-Earth, and Cosmosapiens