Editor’s Note – Nov 2018
For the first time ever, the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology has been awarded in oncology, one of those medical fields that have been fighting a tortuous, uphill battle with finding cures for the hydra-headed disease that is cancer. However, the work done by Nobel Prize winners, Dr. Allison P James, and Dr. Tasuki Honjo, in developing immunotherapy as a solution for various types of cancers, offers a glimmer of hope. Our cover story looks at their work and accomplishments, as well as the new directions that the therapy is taking.
Technology is indeed growing by leaps and bounds in the cancer detection and therapy scenario. As our stories in the Startup and Innovation sections suggest. GenID is looking at algorithms that alert doctors if their patients are likely to develop hereditary cancers. On the therapeutical front, meanwhile, surgical oncology has seen rapid growth in terms of innovations like robotic surgery; this form of surgery is not only making procedures more precise and efficient, it is also helping patients recover and heal faster. Skip to our back-of-the-book section for a trip to mystical Egypt, a protein-packed food experience and the review on Stephen Hawking’s posthumously-published book.
Dr. Ulhas Ganu