Medicine: The Cause of Cancer?

Two experts rattled the test tubes of research labs this month with claims of far-reaching discoveries about the cause of cancer and, in particular, the mechanism of leukemia, cancer's blood brother. The biggest claim was filed by Nobelman Otto Warburg, head of Berlin's famed Max Planck Institute for Cell Physiology. Said Warburg, as translated in Science: ¶ The cancer process begins when cells are injured by being starved of oxygen.

¶ This injury is irreversible. It kills some cells, but others survive, and these survivors learn to nourish themselves in an abnormal way. Instead of getting energy by "breathing" oxygen,...

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