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Proving Tolstoy Wrong

Searching to Find How Every Unhappy Tumor Family is Alike

By Anette Breindl

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
One fact of life in the genomics era is that in some cases, what was once one cancer – breast, colon, lung – is now a bewildering range of diseases whose anatomical site may just be beside the point in terms of how best to treat them. The situation bears some resemblance to Leo Tolstoy's famous assertion in Anna Karenina that "every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

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