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The Siren's Call: Cellular Situations
The Siren's Call: Cellular Situations

Cancer lends itself to the realms of myth.Siddhartha Mukherjee gave the disease some regal treatment in the title of his prize-winning book "The Emperor of All Maladies," but cancer's no emperor. It's a beast.Where actual mythological monsters are concerned, cancer is like the Hydra instead of the Kraken -- it isn't the latter's strength that suits it, it's the Hydra's horrible ability to multiply its heads each time a hero strikes it with a sword.Or, in another mythic sphere, it possesses the dark intelligence of Tolkien's Sauron, always looming in places where one fears to find it the most.That's why the simple title of a new collection of essays about cancer, "Malignant: Medical...

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