Sidebar: Cancer ResourcesThe 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.
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