Biology of Cancer
In the United States, 1.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Given the prevalence of this disease, much attention and research has been focused on identifying causes and designing treatments to combat it. Examine the historical perspective on the biology of cancer and explore the molecular biology and genetic changes that occur during cancer, including the six hallmarks of cancer, as defined by Robert Weinberg. Discuss the role of genetics, oncogenes, and tumor suppressor genes in the development of the disease. Debate the ethics surrounding genetic testing and cancer treatment. Conduct research using current articles and primary literature on cancer at Duke's Perkins Library and participate in laboratory activities to illustrate concepts.