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Is cancer a tradeoff for human evolution?

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Is cancer a tradeoff for mutations the human species needed to evolve?

Cancer as Population Control?


 Robert Austin, principal investigator at the Physical Sciences OncologyCenter at Princeton University,
believes cancer maybe a tradeoff for the rapid evolution the human species has leveraged to become the dominant force on the planet. He also thinks it may act as a form of global population control. Austin is a physicist and member of the National Academy of Sciences. His views are described in an interview
in the-Scientist.com by Chris Palmer.  
One big challenge for cancer researchers, Austin says, is the
ability of tumors to evolve resistance to chemotherapy.   He thinks the trait may have some things in
common with the way bacteria can evolve resistance to antibiotics, and his lab is studying micro environments where that happens. Austin says to evolve, human systems must have mutations, and cancer is more prevalent in humans because mutations are the mechanism driving our evolution.  He also suggests that on a species level,cancer may help us because we all need to die. He calls cancer apoptosis on a
large scale.  Read the story here.




 





 








Robert
Austin,
principal investigator at the Physical Sciences Oncology
Center at Princeton University,


believes cancer maybe a tradeoff for the rapid evolution the human
species has leveraged to become the dominant force on the planet. He also
thinks it may act as a form of global population control. Austin is a physicist and member of the
National Academy of Sciences. His views are described in an interview
in the-Scientist.com by Chris Palmer.


One big challenge for cancer researchers, Austin says, is the
ability of tumors to evolve resistance to chemotherapy.
He thinks the trait may have some things in
common with the way bacteria
can evolve resistance to antibiotics
, and his lab is studying micro environments
where that happens. Austin
says to evolve, human systems must have mutations, and cancer is more prevalent
in humans because mutations are the mechanism driving our evolution.
He also suggests that on a species level,
cancer may help us because we all need to die. He calls cancer apoptosis on a
large scale.
Read the story here.




 




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