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Judah Folkman's Legacy for Cancer Research

Medical researcher Judah Folkman died Jan. 14 at the age of 74. A central theme of his research was the idea of angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels.

In 1971, Folkman published a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine arguing that angiogenesis was a key component in the growth of tumors. If a way could be found to limit the growth of blood vessels servicing a tumor, he reasoned, the tumor would be unable to grow. The idea has since been incorporated into many different fields, and spurred the development of new cancer treatments.


Robert Cooke, science writer and author of Dr. Folkman's War: Angiogenesis and the Struggle to Defeat Cancer

Larry Norton, deputy-in-chief of breast cancer programs at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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