Pharmacology is benefited by the prepared mind. You need to know what you are looking for.

-Siddhartha Mukherjee
Siddhartha Mukherjee

In Paris, friend of Bequerel’s, a young physicist-chemist couple named Pierre and Marie Curie, began to scour the natural world for even more powerful chemical sources of X-rays. Pierre and Marie (then Maria Sklodowska, a penniless Polish immigrant living in a garret in Paris) had met at the Sorbonne and been drawn to each other because of a common interest in magnetism.

Siddhartha Mukherjee
What we do in the laboratory is we try to design drugs that will not just eradicate cancer cells but will eradicate their homes.
Siddhartha Mukherjee

I think when we use 'stress', we are often using a kind of dummy word to try to fit many different things into one big category.

Siddhartha Mukherjee
There is a duality in recognising what an incredible disease it is - in terms of its origin, that it emerges out of a normal cell. It's a reminder of what a wonderful thing a normal cell is. In a very cold, scientific sense, I think a cancer cell is a kind of biological marvel.
Siddhartha Mukherjee

I believe the biggest breakthroughs on cancer could come from brilliant researchers based in India.

Siddhartha Mukherjee
It is hard to look at the tumor and not come away with the feeling that one has encountered a powerful monster in its infancy
Siddhartha Mukherjee

There's a rising cancer trend and, as I said, one of the major contributors is the overall ageing of the population - we aren't dying of other things, so we're dying of cancer.

Siddhartha Mukherjee
Could your medicine be a cell, not a pill? Could your medicine be an organ that's created outside the body? Could your medicine be an environment?
Siddhartha Mukherjee

Probably the most important reason we are seeing more cancers than before is because the population is ageing overall. And cancer is an age-related disease.

Siddhartha Mukherjee
I had seen cancer at a more cellular level as a researcher. The first time I entered the cancer ward, my first instinct was to withdraw from what was going on - the complexity, the death. It was a very bleak time.