Cancer claims the lives of more than one half million Americans each year. Now, the end to that may come from the work of scientists that was once called misguided. Leaders in the field of genomics who have devoted themselves to preventing and curing cancer gather to discuss this important effort. As the National Cancer Institute continues developing its Cancer Genome Atlas, geneticists in laboratories around the world are stepping up their research. Here, some of the best in the field sit down to talk about how they’re doing.
Some of the advanced topics to be explored may include the differences in cancers that do and do not come from inherited genetics; the personalized treatments that genetic breakthroughs have brought; and the manipulation of DNA repair pathways to enhance the effect of chemotherapies.
World Science Festival Salons are an opportunity for in-depth conversations with world-leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s flagship public programs at a level appropriate for graduate students, postdocs, faculty and particularly well-informed members of the general public.