Basic research, also called pure research or fundamental research, is a type of scientific research with the aim of improving scientific theories for better understanding and prediction of natural or other phenomena.

The last decades of basic research in virology, oncology, and immunology can be considered a success story. Based on discoveries in these research areas, translational research and clinical studies have changed the way of treatment of cancer by introducing and including immunotherapy 1).

Schirrmacher V, van Gool S, Stuecker W. Counteracting Immunosuppression in the Tumor Microenvironment by Oncolytic Newcastle Disease Virus and Cellular Immunotherapy. Int J Mol Sci. 2022 Oct 27;23(21):13050. doi: 10.3390/ijms232113050. PMID: 36361831.
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