November 21, 2012

Cancer Is Not an Evolutionary Throwback

PZ Myers, ScienceBlogs


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A while back, two physicists, Paul Davies and Charles Lineweaver, announced their explanation for cancer with a novel theory, which is theirs, that cancers are atavisms recapitulating in a Haeckelian reverse double backflip their premetazoan ancestry. They seemed very proud of their idea.

I was aghast, as you might guess.

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TAGGED: Atavism, Cellular Biology, Cancer, Evolution

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