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Robert Weinberg

Cancer: an outside invader or inside rebel?

The first cancer biologist to discover carcinogenic genes
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Can Cancer Be Cured?

In this lecture series, Robert Weinberg explains cancer on a cellular level and shows us that cancer isn’t as mysterious as we might imagine.

In lectures one and two, Weinberg explains how cancer originates in the cell. He explains how small mistakes in numerous DNA replications and cell divisions can lead to cancer. These types of mutations are inevitable and occur more frequently as we age; hence, cancer-related mutations are merely a fact of life. Lectures three and four show us how cancer can develop aggressively. If cell growth is not controlled, cancerous cells can replicate indefinitely, reaching all parts of the human body. Metastasis, which accounts for ninety percent of cancer deaths, is fatal and remains a challenge to the medical community.

Lecture five deals with how to treat cancer. We learn what’s important when it comes to cancer treatment as well as new treatments that that show great promise. Weinberg also explains, with persuasive statistics, why it’s necessary to conduct further cancer research.

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Robert Weinberg

Professor of Biomedicine, MIT (1982-)
Head of the Ludwig Center at MIT (2006-)
Founding member of the Whitehead Institute (1982-)
Author of The Biology of Cancer (2012), One Renegade Cell (2005)
Awarded the National Medal of Science by the National Science Foundation (1997)
Awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences (2013)

Robert Weinberg is an American biologist best known for first discovering the oncogene. It was a turning point in cancer research when he found this type of gene, which transforms a normal cell into a cancer cell. Later, he also found the first tumor suppressor gene, paving the way to an understanding of how cancer begins. He received the National Medal of Science from the National Science Foundation and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his research.

Dr. Weinberg has been a professor at the MIT Department of Biology since 1982 and has consistently published new breakthrough research on cancer and metastasis. Among his publications, The Biology of Cancer has become a renowned textbook in this field, read by cancer researchers and molecular biologists worldwide.

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