The Philadelphia Chromosome

Monday, May 13, 2013

Science journalist Jessica Wapner tells the story of how an accidental discovery of what's called the Philadelphia chromosome was the starting point of modern cancer research In The Philadelphia Chromosome, Wapner reconstructs more than 40 years of crucial breakthroughs based on the chromosome, including successful treatment of cancer at the genetic level.


Jessica Wapner

Comments [5]

Mark Chernoff from East Meadow,NY

Should have mentioned that Gleevec also works on a GI sarcoma, Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor, or GIST, another rare cancer that is diagnosed in about 5,000 people annually.

May. 13 2013 08:37 PM
walter from NJ

2 1/2 years and my only side effect is an occasional cramp, small cramps in my hands but an occasional night cramp, otherwise my life is normal except the fear of the cost.

May. 13 2013 04:06 PM
side effects

I wouldn't say minimal side effects - I'd like to see you try to live on such "side effects."

May. 13 2013 12:21 PM

I have a friend on Gleevek since 2000.

May. 13 2013 12:15 PM
Claude from Westchester

Does this chromosome discovery have any implication for other leukemias such as CLL, ALL, etc?

May. 13 2013 12:13 PM

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