Monday, September 08, 2008

Are we ...

... losing the war on cancer?
Four decades into the war on cancer, conquest is not on the horizon. As a somber statement on the NCI Web site says, "the biology of the more than 100 types of cancers has proven far more complex than imagined at that time."
This article points out one of the major roadblocks to cancer research ... lack of suitable animal models (see page 3). This is sure to throw PETA into a frenzy.
Even scientists who have used animal models to make signal contributions to cancer treatment agree. "Far more than anything else," says Robert Weinberg of MIT, the lack of good animal models "has become the rate-limiting step in cancer research."

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