Arizona Cancer Evolution Center (ACE)

From Cacti to Coral, Cancer is a Part of Life

ACE researcher, Athena Aktipis, will give a public talk on the ubiquity of cancer among all multicellular life on March 27th, from 4-5pm at the Biodesign Institute Auditorium. Join us for the talk, and the reception that follows on the patio of Biodesign C, to...

ACE Research Discussed in PNAS

Core Concept: Solving Peto's Paradox to better understand cancer was published yesterday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). Read here: https://www.pnas.org/content/116/6/1825 Image credit:...

Intern News

Welcome to our latest 2 interns, Diamesha Battle and Elizabeth (Beth) Hopewell!  They are based at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and working with ACE investigators and veterinarians, Drs Tara Harrison and Leigh Duke.  One of the projects the...

KJZZ Interview with Athena Aktipis and Carlo Maley – Cactus Garden and Cancer Adaptive Therapy

KJZZ’s Mark Brodie talks to Athena Aktipis and Carlo Maley in the cancer cactus garden at ASU. They discuss how strangely-formed, crested cacti (fasciated) not only look amazing but are reminiscent of cancer, reminding us that that the disease is present in all multi-cellular life. Aktipis and Maley’s research is pointing the way to clinical trials of ‘adaptive therapy’ for metastatic cancer, whereby ‘nicer’ cancer cells are deliberately kept alive to keep the ‘nasties’ in check – a potentially more effective treatment than aggressive chemotherapy.

ACE at Homecoming – Cancer Memorial Garden

“This is an awesome idea!” We heard repeatedly as ASU students, fans and faculty huddled around the ACE display to remember family, friends and friends-of-friends impacted by cancer, by writing their names on paper tags and placing them on the memorial tree on our...

A New Theory of Cancer

After billions spent for little benefit, it's time to look at the disease in a different way, according to physicist and cancer researcher Paul Davies writing in The Monthly magazine.  

ACE Works with School Science Club

Our visit to Kyrene del Cielo Elementary School in Chandler, Arizona was huge fun! We were talking about blood and cancer across the animal kingdom in The DISCOVERoom, where children who want to learn more about science spend their lunchtimes. The kids were in grades K – 5 and we were amazed and delighted by their enthusiasm.