Ryan Teague, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, recently published a Feature Review article in the June 2016 issue of Trends in Immunology detailing ways in which researchers could better design cancer studies using animal models.

Because most cancer patients are elderly, studies on immunotherapy and cancer should include older mice, since the immune systems grows less reponsive with age. In addition, using obese mice in these types of studies would also make the results more relevant to real patients, since obesity and different microbe populations in the gut can affect how well immune therapies might work.

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