Adam Piore, “They Can Now Customize Cancer Treatments, Tumor by Tumor“
This piece masterfully balances the hope and the uncertainty involved in what is clearly very exciting science: the development of personalized cancer vaccines. With vivid scenes and savvy context, it puts together an informative picture of the long road and major challenges that stand between the science and an actual treatment available to patients. Its topic is particularly relevant in an era when more and more cancer patients receive individualized treatments—not just tailored to them but made for them. The story nicely focuses on one company, Genentech, from its scientific decision-making to its logistical efforts, but it also makes clear that competitors have similar products in the works. All in all, a definitive look at what is likely to be an important new type of treatment.