We recently tweeted an article about researchers from The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai who had identified a genetic variant that might predict how cancer patients respond to radiation. One of our Twitter followers pointed out that simply showing a correlation means nothing. He has a great point—there are thousands/millions of genetic variants that exist, but not all of them are actionable for cancer treatment.
There is a lot we don’t know about cancer. We don’t even have a rigorous definition of what malignancy is. Nonetheless, most of the medical community would agree that cancer is a genetic disease.
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