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A question worth answering: why don’t cancer cells die?

A question worth answering: why don’t cancer cells die?

When cells become cancerous, they grow unrestrained and sometimes ignore signals that would normally induce them to die. “What are the genetic functions,” Nobel laureate Harold E. Varmus, M.D., asked in a November 1 campus talk, “responsible for sustaining the life of cancer cells?” Varmus, president and chief executive officer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the former director of the National Institutes of Health, gave the keynote address at the 2002 Graduate Student Research Symposium, an annual event that brings speakers to campus and provides graduate students a venue for presenting research in progress.In his address...

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A disheartening view of AIDS in South Africa

A disheartening view of AIDS in South Africa

“I will give you a picture that will sound a bit bleak,” Maria C. Marchetti-Mercer, Ph.D., told an...

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African dust brings nutrients—and toxins

African dust brings nutrients—and toxins

For centuries winds have carried dust from Africa and deposited it on islands in the Caribbean and...

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In history of birth control, a male influence

In history of birth control, a male influence

Although birth control is widely viewed as a women’s issue, men have played a large, if...

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