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Team of sleuths stalks cancer in L.A. County
Los Angeles Times

Three men hunch over a table, scrutinizing a document. Maps paper the walls around them. The moment, captured in a black-and-white photograph, marks the beginning of a quest to catch a villain. For more than four decades, this team has been stalking the killer’s every move, trying to identify patterns of attack. They collect and store evidence, filling drawers and file cabinets.

The detectives: researchers at USC.
The bad guy: cancer.

In the late 1960s, university scientists began the Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program, one of the oldest such registries in the world. It monitors and logs every case of cancer in the region — 1.7 million and counting.