Molecular Advances Offer New Tools, New Hope For Cancer Studies

Sidebar: Cancer Resources The field of cancer research has been dramatically altered by advances in molecular biology. In some cases, investigators can tease out the precise molecular route by which cells turn cancerous and how those calls are affected by treatments. Researchers are working to understand the nuances of oncogenes, or cancer-causing genes. Others have located cancer susceptibility genes, providing hope for future screening methods and potential treatments. As scientists continue

Steven Benowitz
Dec 8, 1996

Sidebar: Cancer Resources

The field of cancer research has been dramatically altered by advances in molecular biology. In some cases, investigators can tease out the precise molecular route by which cells turn cancerous and how those calls are affected by treatments. Researchers are working to understand the nuances of oncogenes, or cancer-causing genes. Others have located cancer susceptibility genes, providing hope for future screening methods and potential treatments. As scientists continue to search for better ways of detecting cancer, new disciplines are emerging.


GROWING FIELD: Cancer genetics has "blossomed in the last few years," notes American Cancer Society’s Harmon Eyre.
"The whole field of genetic understanding of cancer has blossomed in the last few years," says Harmon Eyre, executive vice president of research and cancer control at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta. "This includes the mapping of the human genome, and the isolation of the oncogenes and tumor...

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