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The Forces of Cancer
Authors Lance Munn and Rakesh Jain of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital published “The Forces of Cancer” in The Scientist Magazine. The article illustrates it is becoming quite clear that a tumor’s physical environment can influence cancer development and spread. The April issue will be distributed at the American Association for Cancer Research 2016 annual meeting in New Orleans.
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Personalized Medicine for Breast Cancer. Robb Report, October 2014
An interview with Dr. Peter Kuhn and Dr. Jim Hicks of the Scripps Research Institute PS-OC
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The Mathematician Versus the Malignancy. Nature, May 2014.
A profile of Dr. Franziska Michor, Principle Investigator at the Dana Farber Cancer Center
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Getting Cancer Wrong. Newsweek, March 2014.
A profile of Dr. Robert Gatenby and the H. Lee Moffit Cancer Center PS-OC
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Physical Scientists Take on Cancer. Nature, November 2012.
A collection of articles discussing how collaborations between physical scientists and oncologists are bringing new perspectives to cancer research.
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Research Highlights

Recent publication from Dennis Discher’s group
DNA Damage Follows Repair Factor Depletion and Portends Genome Variation in Cancer Cells after Pore Migration; published in Current Biology

Moffitt researchers predict melanoma responses through mathematical modeling
A study led by Alexander "Sandy" Anderson, Ph.D., a PI of the Moffitt Cancer Center PS-OC and Chair of the Integrated Mathematical Oncology (IMO) department at Moffitt Cancer Center, and Eunjung Kim, Ph.D., an applied research scientist, shows how mathematical modeling can accurately predict patient responses to cancer drugs in a virtual clinical trial. By using a range of mathematical modeling approaches targeted at specific types of cancer, these researchers are aiding in the development and testing of new treatment strategies, as well as facilitating a deeper understanding of why they fail. This study was recently published in the November issue of the European Journal of Cancer.
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  • Evolutionary Principles Used to Prolong Tumor Control
    A study led by Robert Gatenby and Robert Gillies of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
  • Activation of proto-oncogenes by disruption of chromosome neighborhoods
    A study by Dr. Job Dekker, co-investigator of the Northwestern University PS-OC was recently published in Science Magazine. The research article discusses the activation of proto-oncogenes by disruption of chromosome neighborhoods.   These findings strongly support disruption of chromatin structure as causally linked to tumorigenesis, and suggest that such disruptions may be the hidden culprit driving many tumors.