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Is cancer a disease or does it provide a fitness advantage?

Author: Robert Austin; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Institute for Advanced Study.
Publisher: [Hong Kong : Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2010]
Series: Institute for Advanced Study lecture series.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : English
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Prof. Austin would argue that treating cancer as another yet disease to be conquered possibly misses the point that cancer is qualitatively different from most other conditions that impact human health. Perhaps cancer fulfills an important fitness function to the collective community and it is qualitatively different then what is normally viewed as a disease. Perhaps it is a deliberately programmed event, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Streaming video
Filmed lectures
Nonfiction films
Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Austin; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Institute for Advanced Study.
OCLC Number: 672861934
Notes: Title from opening screen (viewed 20 Oct., 2010).
Performer(s): Speaker: Robert Austin.
Event notes: Recorded on 11 Jun., 2010, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Description: 1 streaming video file (77 min.) : digital, WMV file, sd., col.
Series Title: Institute for Advanced Study lecture series.
Responsibility: Robert Austin.

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Prof. Austin would argue that treating cancer as another yet disease to be conquered possibly misses the point that cancer is qualitatively different from most other conditions that impact human health. Perhaps cancer fulfills an important fitness function to the collective community and it is qualitatively different then what is normally viewed as a disease. Perhaps it is a deliberately programmed event, and tolerated by the organism viewed collectively. The 4 related questions he will discuss are: 1) Why do we view cancer as a disease? 2) Why do we always try to destroy a tumor? 3) What is the role of game theory in cancer dynamics? 4) Is there a evolutionary function to the metastatic transition?

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