Malcolm Gladwell on Massachusetts cancer research

In this week’s New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell uses the history of leukemia drugs to get into a tale of the ongoing search for effective cancer treatments. He followed compound know as elesclomol from a successful Phase 2 studies through several Phase 3 clinical trials.  His main character is emeritus Harvard researcher Lan Bo Chen, who co-founded Lexington’s Synta Pharmaceuticals and did much of the research on elesclomol.  

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