July 2, 2009

Janet Rowley’s work established that cancer is a genetic disease

Cancer Geneticist Janet Davison Rowley to Receive $500,000 Gruber Genetics Prize for Groundbreaking Discoveries in Identifying Chromosomal Abnormalities in Leukemias and Lymphomas — Findings that Established Cancer as a Genetic Disease

Source: Gruber Prizes

“I became a kind of missionary, saying that chromosome abnormalities were important and hematologists should know about them,” Rowley recalls of those early—and often lonely—years in the field. “I got sort of amused tolerance at the beginning.”

I didn't know about Rowley's research. I found this article very very enlightening.

I think that professors teaching in medschool should sometimes stop and explain a bit of medical history, the steps that brought us to the scientific knowledge we have today.

This is an exemplary case!

Establishing that cancer is a genetic disease is a humongous milestone.


We need to stand on the shoulders on giants indeed.

...going back to study t (11;14) t (11;18) t (8;14) t (14;18) t (9;22)

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