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Maybe this will finally kill some old ideas.

Posted by rehurst on 08 May 2012 at 20:15 GMT

It is amazing to me that this idea is taking so long to accept. People seem desperate to hang onto the idea that all cancer cells are alike, even though that assertion was falsified decades ago. We have spent billions of dollars trying to cure primary tumors that surgeons remove and have spent very little trying to kill the cells that actually kill patients. Perhaps this paper will finally kill the idea that we can learn much of interest from the primary tumor. All the "targeted therapy" designed to target the primary tumor is doomed to failure. This is a beautiful and elegant paper.

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