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Benefiting from the Human Genome

As one of the leading causes of death in the United States, cancer continues to challenge those working in the field. Despite long-ongoing research, much work remains before cancer is eradicated. Really a large family of diseases, cancer requires diverse methods for treatment and diagnosis that will only come with a better knowledge of the basic biology of the affected systems. Advances in understanding the causes, new techniques for drug discovery, and increased funding of cancer research have

Jennifer Fisher Wilson
As one of the leading causes of death in the United States, cancer continues to challenge those working in the field. Despite long-ongoing research, much work remains before cancer is eradicated. Really a large family of diseases, cancer requires diverse methods for treatment and diagnosis that will only come with a better knowledge of the basic biology of the affected systems.

Advances in understanding the causes, new techniques for drug discovery, and increased funding of cancer research have invigorated the already strong field. These advances have also opened up a wide range of opportunities for life scientists interested in working in cancer research. "Cancer research is a very strong and growing field, especially because of recent major advances in our understanding of the fundamental causes of cancer, and new opportunities to begin to rationally address these abnormalities," says Ronald B. Herberman, director the of University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute...

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