We ignore some lung cancer cells. Is that smart?


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Up to 25% of the cells present in lung cancer tumours are currently ignored. As such, we don't know what the role of these so-called B cells is. "It is crucial to figure that out because we cannot efficiently fight something we do not fully understand," says Pauline Bardet (VUB - VIB - FWO). 

In her PhD, she wants to get to the bottom of those B cells and thus find out whether those cells are "good guys" or "bad guys". 

Pauline Bardet

What is the resemblance between 7-year old kids and PhD candidates? The relentless ‘Why’ and ‘How’ questions that drive their parents (or supervisors) insane. In the case of Pauline Bardet, questions like 'Why do mama guppy fish eat their own offspring?’ or 'How does a hot air balloon fly?' were swapped for questions related to the interplay of the immune system and cancer cells. By shedding light on the role of B cells in tumours, Pauline hopes to improve the understanding of this devastating disease.

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