In a public lecture entitled Why Cancer Is Everywhere, at Harvard Museum of Natural History last week, Athena Aktipis described her ACE research into the behavior of ‘cheating’ cells. These are cells that refuse to obey signals to conform to the agenda of the whole organism but instead forge their own agenda following evolutionary imperatives to proliferate and colonize new environments – the end result being cancer. Read a review of Athena’s talk by Harvard Correspondent, Brett Milano, here.
Dogs, Tasmanian devils, clams and mussels – what have they all got in common? They can all get transmissible cancer. Three experts discuss their remarkable findings with Pauline Davies at the latest International Society for Evolution, Ecology and Cancer, held at Arizona State University. The interview was broadcast on ABC radio in February 2018. Listen and read transcript.
We are building a cactus garden at Arizona State University with rare specimens of mutated plants. The garden demonstrates the variety and beauty of form that cell evolution can lead to. The garden is named after a quote from Charles Darwin’s 1859 book ‘On the Origin of Species’.
Public Lecture by Susan Rosenberg PhD – Why Cancers (and Infections) Beat Us and How to Turn the Tables, Apr. 25th
Wed. April 25, 6 p.m.
Marston Exploration Theater, ISTB4
ASU Tempe campus
Outwitting cancer’s ability to evolve drug resistance requires a deep grasp of the mechanisms of evolution. A recent discovery that cells can control their own mutations looks set to transform cancer therapy.
Hinxton, Cambridge, UK
June 4-8, 2018
Apply to attend and for bursaries by April 24
We are pleased to announce that Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Cancer 2018 is open for applications.