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Obituaries - Avery A. Sandberg, a founding father of cancer research

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Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:00 am

Dr. Avery A. Sandberg, 95, of Scottsdale, died July 6, 2016. He was one of the founding fathers of cancer research and considered one of the premier authorities on cancer genetics and hematology worldwide.  

In a 2008 interview with Jewish News, after publishing “The Genetics and Molecular Biology of Neural Tumors,” he explained the idea that drove his work for more than five decades: “The idea was to see, and it proved correct, if some diseases could be identified by their genetic makeup. … The ultimate aim is that if you know the genetic makeup that causes a tumor, you can then address the genetic makeup and by changing it possibly cure the tumor. This is the big aim of all genetic research in cancer.”

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