Genetic insights into cancer

By Margo White In Health

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21st July, 2012
In 1971, the Nixon Administration declared war on cancer, proclaiming that the disease would be beaten within a decade. Those were optimistic days, when scientists didn’t know that cancer wasn’t one disease, but a variety of disorders with myriad idiosyncratic mutations that can combine in an infinite number of ways. “Just as our fingerprints are unique, so are cancers,” says University of Otago cancer researcher Anita Dunbier. “That’s what makes it so hard to fight … To say we want to find a cure for cancer is like saying we want to find a drug to cure every possible type of ...

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