Betrayed by Nature: The War on Cancer

Betrayed by Nature: The War on Cancer

by Robin Hesketh


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Betrayed by Nature: The War on Cancer by Robin Hesketh

Seven million people die from cancer each year around the world, and many more are impacted by this universal scourge. In Betrayed by Nature, research scientist and lecturer Robin Hesketh demystifies the nature of cancer.

Hesketh provides a concise and comprehensive history of both the science and the medical advances made over the decades. He takes the reader on a riveting tour of human biology; he explains how cancers start, what is meant by ‘a mutation', and how mutations can make cells grow abnormally and spread around our bodies.

Drawing on the latest discoveries from the Human Genome Project, Hesketh reveals the strides being made in understanding this malevolent disease and makes accessible the science of today's treatments. Betrayed by Nature looks forward to the day when many cancers can be treated readily and effectively. With cancer afflicting one in three people worldwide, this is an illuminating and optimistic look at the past, present, and future of cancer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230338487
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Series: MacSci Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.48(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

ROBIN HESKETH, PhD, has been a member of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of the Selwyn College for over 25 years. He has spoken widely in the press on cancer and has published in the leading clinical journals, including Nature. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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