By Emma Greguska, Reporter ASU Now

Athena Aktipis and fellow ASU scholar Carlo Maley, are making inroads toward a better understanding cancer through more traditional scientific methods in their labs at the Biodesign Institute. But they’ve also conceived an unusual way to allow people to consider it anew: Crested cactuses — those with mutations that cause them to ripple or have bulbous nodules — are inspiring them to look for new ways to control, not eradicate, the disease.

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