Marc Hirsh MD is an oncologist who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Here he will explore medical, theological, and philosophical issues associated with his journey. Check out
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There is a central dogma of molecular biology. It is composed of three entities. You could call it the Holy Trinity of biological life. #1. is Replication: DNA can replicate itself. It can make copies of itself or duplicate. This is the basis of reproduction of cells. #2. is Transcription: DNA can be transformed intoContinue reading “the central dogma”
At first glance viral infections and cancer seem to have little in common. However, they both could be thought of as being genetic diseases. What is a virus but a small piece of genetic material (DNA or RNA) wrapped up in a protein envelope. Once this “letter” is sent and received by the cell, theContinue reading “cancer, covid and the immune system”
As most of you know I was diagnosed with cancer in May of this year. I had a large tumor in my chest. After surgery, hormonal shots, chemotherapy and radiation the tumor has decreased in size from 12 centimeters to 6 centimeters. I was recently at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for follow-up. My oncologist,Continue reading “update”
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