Embracing differences to boost anti-tumor immunity: How HLA diversity can improve cancer therapy

What if someone tells you that possessing diverse genes could improve your chances of combating infections and even fighting off cancer? The divergent allele advantage hypothesis tries to explain this phenomenon. It states that possessing a greater variety of certain genes (alleles are variants of a gene) can improve individual survival. That would be just … Continue reading Embracing differences to boost anti-tumor immunity: How HLA diversity can improve cancer therapy

“Cystic Fibrosis: A Heterozygote Advantage” – The Title of the Next Hit Movie

By Kelly Bonnville If you’ve ever seen “Five Feet Apart”, a 2019 movie starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson, which tells the dramatic love story of two teenaged cystic fibrosis patients who can never be together due to their disease, you may be under the impression that cystic fibrosis mainly involves not being able … Continue reading “Cystic Fibrosis: A Heterozygote Advantage” – The Title of the Next Hit Movie