Closing In On Cancer

No magic bullet yet, but the drugs are getting smarter

The idea that a cure for cancer might be just around the corner got a lot of attention a few years ago after James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, was quoted on the front page of the New York Times saying that it was going to happen within two years. Watson later claimed he had been misquoted; he had meant to predict only that certain compounds designed to starve cancerous tumors would be proved effective in two years.

Well, it's been three years, and cancer is clearly still with us. But dramatic progress has been made. Last week the...

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