Distorted version of our normal selves

Harold Varmus’ speech at the Nobel Banquet in 1989:

“As Mike Bishop and I listen to your praise and music, accept your art and gold, and enjoy your food, drink, and good company, we recognize that… we have not slain our enemy, the cancer cell, or figuratively torn the limbs from his body. In our adventures, we have only seen our monster more clearly and described his scales and fangs in new ways – ways that reveal a cancer cell to be… a distorted version of our normal selves.” (emphasis mine)

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