In 1959, after discharging from the military as a naval dentist, I went back to graduate school to study molecular biology. At that time we were all in love with the DNA helix. It was the way and the light. We thought studying it would open the genetic secrets of disease and in particular cancer. So we leapt in and learned about transcription, translation, and transduction, and we learned about the abilities of certain compounds to interfere with these processes. We looked for disease, but we didn't find it.