November 21, 2012
Cancer Is Not an Evolutionary Throwback
PZ Myers, ScienceBlogs
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.
TAGGED: atavism, cellular biology, cancer, evolution