Cancer remains one of the most daunting challenges in modern science. Rapid advances are happening in fields as diverse as genomics, cell biology, computer science, epidemiology, drug discovery, and patient care. Through a unique partnership with a growing suite of institutions, Colby students have opportunities on- and off-campus to explore the breadth of approaches in this important field.

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Human colorectal cancer cells treated with a topoisomerase inhibitor and an inhibitor of the protein kinase ATR (ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3 related), a drug combination under study as a cancer therapy. Cell nuclei are stained blue; the chromosomal protein histone gamma-H2AX marks DNA damage in red and foci of DNA replication in green. Created by Yves Pommier, Rozenn Josse, 2014   -National Cancer Institute