Explores the fundamentals of cancer development and progression. Topics include cancer cell proliferation, growth factors and the cell cycle, apoptosis and cell survival, DNA damage and repair, oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, and genetic and epigenetic changes that lead to tumor formation. Additionally, tumor-host interactions including tumor neovascularization, invasion and metastasis, the tumor microenvironment, and tumor immunology will be covered. Lastly, this course will explore the histopathology, screening, diagnosis and therapeutic treatments currently available to cancer patients. Not offered every semester. BIOLOGY 573: Admission to the M.S. program in Biology.