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Milken Institute: Bioscience Discoveries That Will Blow Your Mind

Virotherapy involves the conversion of viruses into cancer-fighting agents by reprogramming them to attack cancerous cells, while healthy cells remain relatively undamaged. [© Christos Georghiou - Fotolia.com]

Virotherapy involves the conversion of viruses into cancer-fighting agents by reprogramming them. Credit: Christos Georghiou (Fotolia.com)

Hosted by the Milken Institute, this panel discussion features Jack Andraka (Student Inventor, Scientist and Cancer Researcher; 2012 Intel Science Fair Grand Prize Winner), David Baltimore (Nobel Laureate, Medicine, 1975; Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology, California Institute of Technology), Francis Collins (Director, National Institutes of Health), Tejal Desai (Professor, Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, University of California, San Francisco), Aydogan Ozcan (Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles) and moderator Margaret Anderson (Executive Director, FasterCures).

With amazing scientific breakthroughs of the past century, average life expectancy on the planet has more than doubled. In the last 25 years alone, the overall death rate for cancer in the United States has declined 20 percent – averting 1.2 million deaths. We’ve developed vaccines to prevent tuberculosis, hepatitis, polio and, possibly soon, HIV. Advances in stem-cell therapy have enabled us to literally rebuild body parts, and the science now exists to convert our cell phones into microscopes.This Milken Institute panel discussion asks: What wonders are currently being cooked up in R&D labs?

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