The Challenge of Cancer

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Science  25 Mar 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6024, pp. 1491
DOI: 10.1126/science.1205711

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This special issue of Science focuses on cancer, a disease that takes a terrible human toll. For scientists, preventing and curing this disease present an enormous challenge. We all know someone who suffers from cancer, and there is always pressure on researchers to focus on the immediate development of better treatments. But it is also essential to invest in innovative, longer-term efforts designed to generate more powerful approaches.