Cancer is an insidious disease. The culprit is not a foreign invader, but the altered descendants of our own cells, which reproduce uncontrollably. In this war between the good and the bad it is hard to distinguish a friend from an enemy and to not kill the healthy cells, instead of the cancer cells. Most current cancer therapies, include the cure for childhood leukemia. Based on the fact that cancer cells reproduce without some of the safeguards present in normal cells. If we can interfere with the cell reproduction, the cancer cells will be hit disproportionately hard and will not recover. The fight against cancer has been and will be more of a war of attrition than a series of spectacular, instantaneous victories and the research about childhood leukemia over the last 40 years is no exception.
The scientist who devised the cure for this disease pioneered a rational approach to destroying cancer cells, using knowledge about the cell build-up from a series of basic research discoveries earlier in the century. That research had show that the machinery of the cell is based on a large set of chemical reactions that follow one after another like the steps in a production line. These reactions are know as the cell's metabolism which converts food to fat, muscle, and energy with the materials for each step supplied by the previous step.
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