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 Thread in the Genetic Zipper

June 15, 2010

In the first part of his “The Genome at 10” series on Sunday, Nicholas Wade of the New York Times wrote about frustration in the wake of the Human Genome Project. Despite optimistic promises at its unveiling in 2000, scientists [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]

A Cancer Target Pulls a 180

May 27, 2010

Scientists will be the first to admit that science sometimes makes mistakes. Though debates and changing theories are often seized upon by everyone from anti-vaxxers and climate change skeptics as flaws in the scientific process, the constant [Read more]

Q&A: A New Kind of Cancer Vaccine

May 19, 2010

At the end of April, an FDA approval marked the end of a long regulatory road for an interesting drug with an even more interesting history: Provenge. Though it’s usually described as a vaccine for metastatic prostate cancer, that terminology [Read more]