Recent MSK Discoveries & Advances

Memorial Sloan Kettering researchers are relentlessly exploring every aspect of cancer — from basic investigations of cells and molecules to clinical trials of new treatments and population-wide studies of the disease. While our core mission is to translate this knowledge into new strategies to control cancer, many of our investigators are also making scientific progress against other diseases and conditions.

Below are some examples of discoveries and advances that recently were made in our laboratories and clinics, and featured in our blog, On Cancer.

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Q & A

Why Do Germs Become Resistant to Antibiotics? An MSK Program Is Focused on Avoiding this Problem

Learn how MSK’s Antibiotic Management Program is leading the way in ensuring that antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs are used responsibly.

Photo of many different types of pills

In The Lab

Scientists Home In On “Equation” for Muscle Cell Size

A new study in flies reveals a previously unknown type of cooperation at work in muscle cells.

Mutlinucleated muscle cells from flies

Finding

One Patient’s Exceptional Response Leads to a Surprising Discovery about Immunotherapy

MSK researchers learn that some cancers may respond to checkpoint inhibitor drugs because of changes called gene fusions.

Drawing of one human figure set apart from a group of others.

Feature

Beyond Sugar: What Cancer Cells Need to Grow

While sugar gets most of the attention as a cancer fuel, other nutrients can be equally important.

a cartoon of a cancer cell spooning glutamine from a jar

Finding

DeepPET Uses Artificial Intelligence to Generate Images of the Body’s Internal Activities

MSK researchers are developing a new image-generation method for PET scans. It may prove to be quicker and clearer than current scans.

Three sets of PET images

Science Byte

Scientists Discover Keys to Immune Response against Anthrax

Researchers clarify how the immune system activates an inflammatory defense against pathogens.

Ribbon diagram of an anthrax protein.

In The News

New Collaboration Will Accelerate US-China Clinical Trials

The initiative lays the groundwork for speedier cancer drug approvals in both the United States and China.

MSK President Craig Thompson

In the Lab

Scientists Rewrite the Textbook of Organ Development, One Cell at a Time

A large study that analyzed nearly 120,000 cells in a developing mouse embryo is full of surprises.

In this fluorescent microscopy image of endoderm tissue from a mouse embryo, cell membranes are red, cell nuclei are blue, and extra-embryonic endoderm cells are green (they appear turquoise because blue and green are merged).

In the News

AACR 2019 Research Roundup: Nanosensors for Cancer, New Immunotherapy Targets, a Road Map of Metastasis, and CAR T Fratricide

Read our key takeaways from the second half of the American Association for Cancer Research’s 2019 annual meeting.

an illustration of cancer metastasis