Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Project to map cancer's genetic structure presented

A project to map out the genetic intricacies of cancer has been unveiled with the government putting $100 million in funding into it.

::::::::t's an audacious project — the technology to even try it wasn't available just a few years ago.

And it comes at a crucial time: Half of U.S. men and one in three women will develop cancer in their lifetimes, and cases are poised to jump as the baby boomer population begins hitting 60 next year.

The Cancer Genome Atlas will "tackle the cancer problem like it's never been tackled before," said Dr. Francis Collins, genetics chief at the National Institutes of Health.

This is a good step. In network engineering, you can't know how to proceed unless you know what the problem is. That it's also true for cancer treatment might be the largest understatement of the year. I applaud this effort and look forward to its progress.