HEALTH • Jack Roth

He’s helping solve one of medicine’s biggest mysteries: cancer. It’s all in the genes.

CANCER IS NOT LIKE other diseases. Cancer works from within. Because of genetic flaws or irritants such as tobacco smoke, cells that were once normal start to veer off track, until they begin reproducing wildly, ultimately creating tumors. In other words, fighting cancer is like fighting depression or a civil war—it is basically a matter of fighting oneself. Chemotherapy, for example, floods the system with chemicals that kill cells as they divide, exploiting cancer’s habit of proliferating like crazy. But chemotherapy kills all dividing cells, even healthy ones, and the side

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