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Scientists are adopting a new battle plan in the war against cancer

In 2017, cancer might finally become number one. It would be an upset victory, given that heart disease has killed more people in the US every year for nearly a century. But it wouldn’t exactly be a surprise: As deaths from heart disease and stroke have dwindled, cancer has held strong, steadily narrowing the gap. If it doesn’t win out this year, it will soon.

[…] The quest for the best of these “neoantigens” is underway in many groups; a project from Sean Parker’s new cancer immunotherapy institute, announced in early December, is a collaboration/competition between some 30 research groups and companies to look for these targets in established cancers. Their first rough draft list is expected in the spring.

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