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Once scorned for his ideas about how cancer grows through angiogenesis, Judah Folkman is now hailed as a visionary.
Topic: Body + BrainBody & BrainNova

Program Description

Dr. Judah Folkman, who died in 2008 at age 74, was a giant in the field of cancer research. He wasn't always considered a trailblazer, however. In the 1970s, when he first proposed that cancer depends critically on new blood vessel growth, or angiogenesis, other medical researchers ridiculed his ideas. But Folkman proved his theory of angiogenesis, and today it has led not just to cancer therapies but also to treatments for other diseases of abnormal blood vessel growth, such as macular degeneration.

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