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Curing Cancer

The recent startling discovery that a single gene prevents the cells in the body from becoming tumours marked a dramatic turning point in cancer research. Taking readers into the labs where researchers have determined that cancers are caused either genetically or environmentally by destroying the new found gene, CURING CANCER brings to life the race to unlock cancer's genetic code. As well as documenting the search for a cure for cancer, Waldholz profiles many of the personalities that are shaping its course, scientists such as Bert Vogelstein, who first uncovered the tumour-suppressing gene; Mary-Claire King, whose research into breast cancer is fuelled by personal passion; and Mark Skolnick, whose team found two genes that may account for 10% of all breast cancers.
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Table of Contents

Contents Preface 1: A Mystery Solved 2: Science Fiction 3: "Welcome to Chromosome 17" 4: Family 15 5: Trick or Treat 6: The Game 7: Cancer Families 8: Gold Mine 9: Guardian of the Genome 10: Ishmael's Tale 11: Clone by Phone 12: The Mother of All Tumor Suppressors 13: The Roller Coaster 14: Ras 15: First, Do No Harm Epilogue Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index Illustration Credits

About the Author

Michael Waldholz is a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal. He is the coauthor, with Jerry Bishop, of Genome, a book based on their prizewinning Wall Street Journal series on the hunt for genes. Waldholz lives in Montclair, New Jersey.


Andrea Cooper The New York Times Book Review Reads like an adventure scientists search for the reasons a normal cell turns deadly. Robert A. Weinberg Scientific American Engrossing...Waldholz offers rich fare -- up-close vignettes of several of the leaders in contemporary cancer research and how drive, ambition, and ample brain power have propelled their research and our understanding of this complex disease. Publishers Weekly The story of cancer research unfolds with the intricacy of a fractal pattern and the human drama of a bestselling thriller. Kirkus Reviews reporter's colorful, people-centered account of the fierce competition among scientists to find the genetic causes of cancer.

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