Bridging the gap between research and treatment


As she and her loved ones receive multiple cancer diagnoses, medical researcher Michelle Gunz has learned to be an educated advocate for the best possible treatment, pushing clinicians to think outside the box. 

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Medicine for emotions


Stefan Lukianov, a grad student at Harvard Medical School, writes about his experiences with mental illness. 

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Prepared for cancer treatments, not for survival


"Science prepared me for cancer treatments, but nothing prepared me for surviving." Jennifer Gooch got a pink completion certificate when she finished her therapy, but she’s not the same woman she was when she started.

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A personal project


As a child, Eleftherios P. Diamandis contracted a parasitic lung infection. As an adult, he wondered whether that disease might protect against cancer.

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I had my ‘crazy’ removed


Theresa Abell writes about decoding the mystifying symptoms of Cushing’s disease as a grad student in biology — and the brain surgery that brought her relief.

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Disappointed — by cancer


Biochemist Jennifer DuBois reacts to her diagnosis and treatment with professional dismay.

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Schooled (and steeled) by invisible illness


Diagnosed with fibromyalgia in her teens, Erica Avery must educate herself and others about a poorly understood, chronic condition.

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Up the creek without a sequence?


Protein crystallographer Byron Rubin creates large-scale metal sculptures of molecules. Among the more than 100,000 known 3D structures, one showed him in atomic detail the likely origin of his prostate cancer.


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