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Darwin’s Ideas on Evolution Drive a Radical New Approach to Cancer Drug Use

Posted by hkarner - 6. August 2019

Date: 06-08-2019
Source: Scientific American By James DeGregori, Robert Gatenby

Principles of evolution and natural selection drive a radical new approach to drugs and prevention strategies

IN BRIEF

  • Medical efforts to defeat cancer typically focus on malignant mutations within a cell and administer large doses of toxic drugs in an attempt to eradicate the disease.
  • A new concept emphasizes that cancer growth is stimulated by changes outside the cell, alterations in the surrounding tissue that accelerate the evolution of cancerous traits.
  • The evolutionary approach, tested in animals and humans with advanced prostate cancer, sharply limits the natural selection of cancer cells through a more judicious use of chemotherapy.

This year at least 31,000 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of their body, such as bones and lymph nodes. Most of them will be treated by highly skilled and experienced oncologists, who have access to 52 drugs approved to treat this condition. Yet eventually more than three quarters of these men will succumb to their illness. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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MICROSOFT WILL ‚SOLVE CANCER PROBLEM WITHIN A DECADE

Posted by hkarner - 22. September 2016

Date: 21-09-2016
Source: NewsWeek

Leading computer science company Microsoft will “solve” cancer within a decade by working out how to reprogram diseased cells back to their healthy state, according to reports.

This summer, the technology company opened its first wet laboratory, assembling a team of biologists, programers and engineers who plan to attack cancerous cells the way one attacks a bug in a computer.

Chris Bishop, laboratory director at Microsoft Research, told The Daily Telegraph: “I think it’s a very natural thing for Microsoft to be looking at because we have tremendous expertise in computer science and what is going on in cancer is a computational problem. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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