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“By pulling all of this information together into a symphony of knowledge, we will be able to exponentially expand the rate of effective cancer treatment over the next 10 or 20 years,” predicts Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, who later this year will become provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Continued support of cancer research is crucial, he adds. So is nurturing the next generation of scientists.

“What makes me most impatient and most frustrated is when I hear young people’s proposals being criticized for being too ambitious,” says Lander, who directs a genomic research powerhouse, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

“There’s nothing wrong with young people being too ambitious. They should be too ambitious… the desire to try to do something important is a great fuel, it’s a great resource.”

This, incidentally, is the raison d'être for Lens magazine—to explore, to explain, to inspire… to follow, if you like, the double helical trail left in the sand by an ancient animal.

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