Evolutionary Insights into the Prevention and Cause of Cancer
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
For the past half century, genetic mutations have been incriminated as the primary culprit for causing cancer. Although not widely recognized, we are now in the midst of a protracted revolution, driven by molecular and evolutionary biology, which increasingly implicates infections as initiating causes of cancer and relegates mutations to later stages of cancer development. This revolution offers major new options for prevention of cancer.
Dr. Ewald received his PhD from the University of Washington and is currently Director of the Program in Evolutionary Medicine in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville. He is considered one of the founders of evolutionary medicine and has authored two influential books in this area, Evolution of Infectious Disease (1993) and Plague Time: The New Germ Theory of Disease (2000). Among other honours, he was the first recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s George E. Burch Fellowship in Theoretic Medicine and Affiliated Sciences.
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