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Crowdsourcing the War on Cancer

March 28, 2011

Reading The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s “biography of cancer” from last year, one is struck by both the long and short history of cancer. Descriptions of breast cancer can be found as long ago as an Egyptian [Read more]

A New Way to Customize Proteins

December 14, 2010

The genetic code contains only four letters. Different combinations of those letters code for an “alphabet” of 20 amino acids, which are used to construct proteins. From these small collections of building blocks, an incredibly diverse [Read more]

ASCO 2010: Two Productive Singles

June 7, 2010

In the New Yorker last month, Malcolm Gladwell wrote elegantly about the euphoria and frustration of cancer drug discovery. Tracing in parallel the path of a modern biotechnology company and a team of doctors in the 1950’s, Gladwell [Read more]