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The goal of personalized medicine is to tailor a treatment to a specific cellular target at the appropriate stage of a disease, thus 'defusing' the disease process. Cancer is an example of the way in which multifaceted approaches to attaining this goal are emerging. We have come to appreciate that a tumour is a collection of diverse cells - cells carrying cancer-causing mutations and the cells of its immediate microenvironment - that act in concert towards disease progression.