Judah Folkman, the groundbreaking cancer researcher whose work cured the disease in mice and gave hope for a cure in humans, has died, theAssociated Press reports. He was 74. A spokeswoman for Children's Hospital Boston says Folkman died late Monday, but the cause of death wasn't immediately available. Folkman was director of the vascular biology program at the hospital.
His research, which focused on cutting off the blood supply that cancer cells need to grow, cured mice of the disease. That success could not be carried over into humans, but his discoveries prompted pharmaceutical companies to pursue research in the area. Some drugs produced as a result of that research have succeeded in extending the lives of patients with advanced cancer.