Cancer, Rethought

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Studying cancer is an enormous undertaking. Many researchers spend their lives trying to understand the genetic origins of the disease in its many forms, and how to stop it in its tracks. While most concentrate their efforts on a specific type of cancer, there are others who have taken on an even more difficult task: studying all cancers at the same time to try to determine which mutations in the cancer genome actually affect human health, and which ones don't. It's a task too large for any one lab, says the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Rameen Beroukhim.

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