• Question: What is the biggest scientific discovery made about cancer in the last 100 years?

    Asked by agent001 to Gioia, Iain, Jo, Leo, Mariam on 21 Jun 2010 in Categories: . This question was also asked by louise1.
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      Joanna Watson answered on 15 Jun 2010:

      I think it was discovering that smoking causes cancer.

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      Gioia Cherubini answered on 15 Jun 2010:

      personally I think it’s the discovery that cancer is a genetic disease, that means that there are mutations happening in the DNA. This means that if we understand all the different mutations leading to cancer, than we should be able to cure it

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      Mariam Orme answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      This is a great question and I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I think my answer is going to be the discovery of the molecular structure of DNA in the 1950s. It wasn’t specifically cancer research – it was basic biological research (like the work I do), but without this work we wouldn’t be able to understand how mutations and cancer arise.