Scientists have unlocked the entire genetic code of two of the most common cancers – skin and lung – a move they say could revolutionise cancer care.
Not only will the cancer maps pave the way for blood tests to spot tumours far earlier, they will also yield new drug targets, says the Wellcome Trust team.
The story goes on to say that scientists in several countries are working to map other cancers. The British are working breast cancer, the Japanese on liver cancer, Indian scientists on mouth cancers, Chinese on stomach cancer, and America’s own are taking on brain, ovary, and pancreatic cancers. This is fantastic news and the maps that have been done will prove incredibly valuable over the next several years. Just as having a map of an unfamiliar city helps you get to where you’re going with a minimum of mistaken turns, so will these genetic maps assist researchers in improving detection and treatment.
It’s also nice to see American scientists stepping up to the big challenges. Pancreatic cancer is true killer. I heard on the news recently that the remission rate on pancreatic cancer is something like 4%. This is an enemy I’ve seen up close and personal – whatever we can do to fend this one off is a good thing.
My hat’s off to all of these researchers and I wish them all – every one of them – the best of luck in their efforts. We’re all counting on you all, folks. Go get ’em.
(Hat tip: Instapundit.)