ASCO: Cancer Research Fail

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It's all well and good to read about advances researchers are making in cancer, but why does so little of that research translate to the clinic? At a panel discussion on the topic at ASCO this week, MD Anderson Cancer Center's Lee Ellis had a few ideas. For one thing, Ellis said, mice aren't people, so it's difficult to translate discoveries made in mouse models to human patients, because mouse tumors progress faster and the duration of therapy is shorter because they die quickly.

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