EDUCATION: Cells Gone Wild

Science  05 Aug 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5736, pp. 857a
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5736.857a

Hungry tumor cells send out for dinner, releasing molecules that spur blood vessels to grow toward them. Learn more about the insidious ability—known as angiogenesis—and other aspects of cancer biology at this tutorial from lecturer Gregg Orloff of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and contributors. The site is aimed mainly at cancer patients and health care workers but includes plenty of information for students. With an abundance of animations and diagrams, CancerQuest's 13 chapters plumb subjects such as the control of cell division and how defective genes bollix the delicate process. Visitors can also read up on clinical trials and experimental therapies, such as poisons that target only brain cancer cells carrying a particular surface receptor. Orloff is overhauling the site and will soon add new graphics and a timeline of cancer discoveries.

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