The era of rational drug design begins…

In a previous post I talked about barn doors and picking locks: how we need to get far more specific and selective in recognizing how to kill only cancer cells and leaving normal cells intact. Let me continue the lock and key analogy just a little bit further. Suppose you found an old trunk in the basement or in the attic and it was secured by a huge padlock and you had no idea where …

     

It’s all Relative…

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Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s been about a month since I last posted to this blog. Despite all of my good intentions, somehow the time just seems to have gotten away from me. More than once I have pondered, now that I am notionally “retired”, how in the world did I ever find time to hold down a full-time job! I guess like all things in life, it’s all relative… Which brings me …

     

The Big Question…

Let’s continue the numbers theme from the last post just a little bit further. In my travels, I think that the two most frequently asked questions have been, “Are we really making any progress?” and “Are we ever going to find a cure for cancer?” My answer to the second question, which is really the main question on most everyone’s mind, is as swift as it is equivocal: “Yes… and No”. The reason for my …

     

By the Numbers…

I confess: I’m not usually one who is very fond of cancer statistics. I find that statistics can be rather dry and, taken the wrong way, can often be quite misleading. I prefer to tell stories, create analogies and metaphors, and to try and give examples of where cancer research has really impacted the lives of real people across our country and beyond our borders. That said, sometimes showing a few numbers can be the …