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The Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology for 2018 was awarded to Dr. James P. Allison and Dr. Tasuku Honjo for making breakthrough discoveries on strategies for treating cancer by preventing the “ignorance” of tumors by the immune system. Developing cancer cells are normally detected by surveying white blood cells, or T-lymphocytes, that recognize the tumor progenitors as abnormal and target the abnormal cells for destruction. However, as a tumor develops, the cancer cells of the tumor begin to send inhibitory signals to immune cells, causing them to “ignore” the growing tumor until it is virtually invisible to the immune system.
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Rice has always been a versatile tool. From its use as a primitive form of cement when building the Great Wall of China, to providing nearly 20% of modern global caloric intake and acting as the main food source for 3 billion people worldwide, it has been an irreplaceable staple for humans for centuries. There are thousands of varieties of rice, but they are all in danger from the overwhelming threat of climate change (Ricepedia, 2018).