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Unlike most diseases, cancerous tumors are not foreign invaders but "take on the appearance of alien life forms, invaders that enter the body through stealth and begin their programs of destruction from within." But as Weinberg shows, these are deceptive appearances. And since he is foremost a scientist, he finds the truth "subtle and endlessly interesting" and manages to convey fascination for something that most of us dread--cancer. Much of the present increase in cancer is due to increased longevity because "given enough time, cancer will strike every human body."
By telling the story of the historical discovery of cancer, Weinberg is able to introduce gradually the intricacies and complications of the genes and proteins involved (oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, etc.) for the general reader. He characterizes cancer cells as renegade because, unlike normal body cells, they "disregard the needs of the community of cells," they are "selfish and unsociable," and are only interested in "their own proliferative advantage." By comparison, normal cells hold down cell numbers by "inducing them to commit suicide" (apoptosis).
The understanding of cancer has been developed enormously over the last few decades by Weinberg and the worldwide community of researchers. As Weinberg eloquently shows, cancer research and its related disciplines "have moved from substantial ignorance to deep insight." --Douglas Palmer, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If cancer or the history of medical research in general interests you, I strongly recommend this book.
It's well organized and readable without background in biology, but with enough depth to interest biologists in other fields.
Weinberg nicely ties them together and explains how one exciting discovery in cancer research led to another.
Dr Weinberg makes easy reading of a difficult subject. Would like to see an updated edition.Published 1 month ago by Donna S. Goldstein
I do cancer vaccine research. This is a great book for anyone interested in learning about the history of cancer research. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Steve Arnold
This is a very interesting book about the bio mechanics of cancerous tumors
and possible ways of fighting them, written in a very playful and interesting language. Read more
My daughter read this book for her AP Biology class and thought it was very well written and gave alot of great information.Published 15 months ago by SJH
With each step of investigations form the authro,we outsiders started to understand the mechanism of tumor and how to tackle them from daily habits. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Isaac Mao
The content was great; I thought that it ranked among the best science writing that I've encountered in terms of making a complicated topic understandable and readable. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dan
This book was purchased as a Christmas gift for my son, who studies these things. He was more than pleased to receive this!!Published 22 months ago by Kathy Natoli
This book (if you can call it a book; it's small in volume, though goes surprisingly in depth) is a good introduction to cancer. Read morePublished 23 months ago by LLawrence
Had to read this for approval bio and it was not fun. I would recommend it to hardcover biology fans and people with higher tastesPublished 23 months ago by sarker