Cancer research driven by grant system and safe thinking – June 29, 2009
This is my site Written by Alex on June 29, 2009 – 10:32 am   

An excellent article in the New York Times by the always astute and well-informed medical and health writer Gina Kolata sheds light on how cancer research is driven by a grant system that rewards cautious thinking more than promoting bold ideas of how to cure and treat cancer. The article is a nice look at a portion of the “medical industrial complex” that appears to be a self-sustaining enterprise and an embedded part of how health care and research are conducted in the United States.

In a related story also in the New York Times, cancer researchers in Australia have developed a drug that is effective in animal tests ¬†at attacking cancer cells. It’s a long way to see if the new approach has validity in human subjects, but it is nice to see progress being made in imaginative ways.

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