Open-Access Publishing Model May Introduce New Biases in Oncology

Maurie Markman, MD
Published: Monday, Jul 15, 2019
Maurie Markman, MD

Maurie Markman, MD
For clinical science, particularly oncology, there has never been a more exciting era than today. We are witness to truly spectacular advances in our understanding of the molecular basis of human disease and how environmental influences affect the health of individuals and communities.

In cancer management, the longstanding goal of stimulating the immune system to fight cancer is becoming a reality in an increasing number of clinical settings, and investigators are actively exploring how an individual’s microbiome can influence treatment outcomes and disease management. On the environmental side, the need to take meaningful action to counter the global epidemic of obesity and its upward pressure on cancer rates is now distressingly clear.

Clinical science and scientists have so much to offer individuals and society, and they have ever-more powerful technology (eg, gene sequencing, CRISPR) to achieve their lofty goals.

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