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1971:CONQUER CANCER IN 20 YEARS!



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"WE SHALL CONQUER CANCER IN 20 YEARS!"

by Jean-Paul GaudilliŔre and Hana L÷wy

By declaring war on cancer with these words in late 1971,
President Richard Nixon made the large, cure-oriented biomedical
programs begun after the war (and generously funded) more
visible and media-sensitive. Now that we hear appeals for
mobilizing behind gene therapy of cancer and other pathology, it
is useful to re-examine these older strategies: they shed light
on a recurring paradox in biomedical research.
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BLACK TRUFFLES: THE INNATE AND THE LEARNED 

by Guillaume Bertault and Arnaud Berthomieu

Depending on where they are grown, black truffles display a
variety of aromas, tastes and morphology. What are the
respective roles of genetics and environment in this diversity?
It is the environmental parameters, in fact, that seem to have a
major influence on how these mushrooms develop. Genetic testing
shows that the species is inordinately homogeneous, a fact
explained by its biological traits and evolutionary history.
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These two great articles in La Recherche n░315 December 1998
( http://www.larecherche.fr/ARCH/98/12/indexva.html )



















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