Originally Posted by SteveEisenberg
Judah Folkman, another Children's Hospital of Boston great, who died in 2008, had a much more than basic molecular biology understanding, and the logic of his pursuit of a drug, or a two-drug combination, to block tumor angiogenesis was that there is a single weak point all cancer cells possess. And John B. Watson, of DNA discovery fame, who I'm pretty sure also has a basic understanding of microbiology, has repeatedly predicted a drug cure.
Yes, a single weak point, but not *the* same weak point.
[QUOTE/]Cancer cells are extremely various and disorganized, making them difficult targets. However, they also have a few commonalities, so I wouldn't make broad predictions about what is impossible for the future. We don't have to defend the honor of the world's cancer researchers by being pessimistic over their prospects. Maybe conquering cancer requires dozens of different treatments, or maybe it just requires a few, or one. Until conquered, all I can say is that oncology is not a mass murder profession.[/QUOTE]
The problem with cancers has never been killing them, we have plenty of tools for that. The problem has always been targetting them specifically, and of course to prevent them in the first case.