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A Cancer Conundrum: Too Many Drug Trials, Too Few Patients

Dr. Wassim Abida, a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, examined Bruce Fenstermacher, a patient taking part in a clinical trial. CreditGeorge Etheredge for The New York Times With the arrival of two revolutionary treatment strategies, immunotherapy and personalized medicine, cancer researchers

Missing link in epigenetics could explain conundrum of disease inheritance

When offspring are in the womb, what their mothers experience environmentally (for example, diet, stress, smoking), influences the attributes of offspring when they are adults. This ‘developmental programming’ is understood to be a large contributor to the obesity epidemic seen today.