Review of ‘p53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code’

p53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Codep53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code by Sue Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Chapter 8 of p53, there is a quote from Carl Sagan which says,

Science is based on experiments, on a willingness to challenge old dogma on an openness to see the universe as it really is.”(89)

And how dark, how mysterious it is! Cancer is a beast because it seems unstoppable. Can we know its history? Do we know its structure? What is the future of cancer?

Sue Armstrong begins with what p53 stands for: “Protein 53” and from a molecular viewpoint, there is one basic condition to get cancer- p53 must be turned off. If it is switched on, it will not develop into a cancer. The particulars of this protein and how it gets “switched on/off” requires your attention to detail in this book.

The good part is that Armstrong writes in a clear, conversational tone with journalistic style. She is a science writer so she knows how to break down difficult terms and processes for those of us not in science circles.

One thing is clear. Having a healthy lifestyle is one part of the equation. But our genetics and the environment also plays a big role in how cancer develops.

*Note- I unfortunately could not finish the book in time during its lending period, but I can say it was heading in a good direction and I do recommend it, highly.

*Note #2 This book was received free for my unbiased review through Netgalley.

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