Chronic Myeloid Leukemia and the Development of Gleevec
Why is the story of the development of Gleevec important?
The development of this drug has been particularly satisfying intellectually, with direct benefits for patient care arising from several decades of basic science research. Furthermore, the story of this drug illustrates the promises of the human genome project and reflects the vast investment made in the basic science of human biology over the past four decades. The human genome project is a monumental international effort to identify all of the genetic information in the human chromosomes.