The book fulfills its purpose and is indeed a must read for students of cancer biologyit includes updated information and concepts in cancer research that justify replacing the previous edition. The course introduces the molecular biology of cancer oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes as well as the biologic hallmarks of cancer the course also describes the risk factors for the major cancers worldwide including lung cancer breast cancer colon cancer prostate cancer liver cancer and stomach cancer. The biology of cancer by robert weinberg is a textbook aimed at graduate biology and medical students it covers the basic biology of cancer at the molecular and cellular level it covers the basic biology of cancer at the molecular and cellular level. The oldest descriptions of cancer were written in egypt as early as 3000 bc as part of an ancient egyptian textbook on surgery the name cancer comes from the greek word carcinos which means crab hippocrates used this term to describe the disease because of the projections of a cancer invading nearby tissues. Research on the biology of cancer starts with the simplest of questions what is and isnt normal to understand how cancer develops and progresses researchers first need to investigate the biological differences between normal cells and cancer cells this work focuses on the mechanisms that
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