Christmas is still more than two months away, but it was the season of giving few weeks ago – the Nobel Prizes, to be more specific. This year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded to James P. Allison of the MD Anderson Cancer Center and Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University “for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation”. Their discovery, made in the 90s, was the keystone for further work by other scientists, who built upon Allison and Honjo’s work to make cancer immunotherapy a viable treatment option today.
Curious about how cancer immunotherapy works? Then read on!