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The Forty Years' War


The 'War on Cancer' is 40 years old today, and the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog spoke with American Society of Clinical Oncology President Michael Link about those four decades and what remains to be done. "The most important thing to point out is the return on investment in lab research," Link tells the Health Blog, citing advances in understanding the molecular nature of cancer and drugs like Gleevec to target specific cancers. Link adds that cure rates for many pediatric cancers have risen, while death rates for all cancers have fallen.

For the future, Link envisions a focus on more difficult cancers like pancreatic cancer or metastatic colon cancer, as well as efforts toward early detection and prevention. "We know how to prevent some cancers and we have not done it," Link says, referring to tobacco use.

The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.