A still of a black and white film shows a woman in a white coat working in a lab.Challenge: Science Against Cancer or How to Make a Movie in the Mid-Twentieth Century NEWEST ESSAY
By David Cantor, PhD

In 1949 the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Canadian Department of National Health and Welfare (DNHW) commissioned a cancer educational film, eventually called <em>Challenge: Science Against Cancer</em>. It was to be one of the first of a new form of film. The urgent task was to induce young scientists to think of cancer research and biomedicine as careers, and Challenge was to be a key part of the response.