Cancer Evolution: From Cells to Species and Back

Cancer Evolution: From Cells to Species and Back

  • Datum: 17.11.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 11:00
  • Vortragende(r): Prof. Dr. Michael E. Hochberg, CNRS, University of Montpellier, France, and Santa Fe Institute, USA
  • Ort: virtual platform
  • Gastgeber: Paul Rainey

Cancer is one of the leading causes of human mortality. Recent study has shown the ubiquity of cancer across the tree of life and sought to explain why cancer is so prevalent in some species, but virtually absent in others. In this talk I will provide an overview of how evolution shapes cancer over multiple biological levels, from cells to species. Particular attention will be given to theory and empirical findings that elucidate the contributions of selection and environment to patterns in some of the best studied mammals, including humans. Finally, I will discuss the challenge of how evolution not only characterizes tumour growth and cancer incidence, but may also be harnessed in anti-cancer therapies.

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