Prevention by numbers

Researchers who study environmental influences on cancer tend to receive a fraction of the funds available to those researching cancer cures. But career opportunities exist — and may even be expanding. Heidi Ledford reports.

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Ledford, H. Prevention by numbers. Nature 458, 792–793 (2009).

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