Pie in the Sky

Nobel laureate Harold Varmus tells the Globe and Mail that progress in cancer research for the next few years will "be singles and doubles but not home runs." Varmus, who is the head of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, says that there have been unrealistically high expectations for cancer research since US President Nixon declared war on it in 1971, and that media hype fuels those high hopes.

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