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Mining the Outliers

By Jef Akst | April 1, 2015

Even when a clinical trial fails, some patients improve. What can researchers learn from these exceptional responders?

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Professional Marksman

By Anna Azvolinsky | April 1, 2015

Charles Sawyers, who began his research career just as the genetic details of human oncogenes were emerging, codeveloped Gleevec, the quintessential targeted cancer therapy.

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Setbacks and Great Leaps

By Sue Armstrong | April 1, 2015

The tale of p53, a widely studied tumor suppressor gene, illustrates the inventiveness of researchers who turn mishaps into discoveries.

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Signaling Resistance

By Jenny Rood | April 1, 2015

Activating signaling pathways, rather than individual genes, reveals roles for both growth and dedifferentiation in establishing resistance to cancer treatments.

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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | April 1, 2015

April 2015's selection of notable quotes

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The CAR T-Cell Race

By Vicki Brower | April 1, 2015

Tumor-targeting T-cell therapies are generating remarkable remissions in hard-to-beat cancers—and attracting millions of dollars of investment along the way.

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The Challenges of Precision

By Adam Marcus | April 1, 2015

Researchers face roadblocks to treating an individual patient’s cancer as a unique disease.

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To Each His Own

By Mary Beth Aberlin | April 1, 2015

Cancer treatment becomes more and more personal.

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Toggling Between Life and Death

By Ashley P. Taylor | April 1, 2015

In estrogen receptor–positive breast cancer, the transcription factor IRF1 tips the balance between cellular suicide and survival through autophagy.

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Tracking Miracles

By Jef Akst | April 1, 2015

A panel of oncologists discusses cases of exceptional responders, or cancer patients whose tumors disappear after a brief period of chemotherapy.

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