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Why The War On Cancer Hasn’t Been Won
National Public Radio

When President Richard Nixon declared a war on cancer in 1971, there were high hopes that scientists were close enough to understanding the underlying causes that many cures were within reach. We obviously haven’t won the war. In fact, a prominent cancer biologist argues that the conceptual framework for understanding cancer has come full circle over the past 40 years.

MIT biologist Robert Weinberg made that provocative comment in an essay he wrote last year for the journal Cell. He’s a luminary in the world of cancer and is a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambrdige, Mass.