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24 April 2007

News: Cancer Is A Natural Consequence Of Human Evolution

Filed under: News,Science — Kyuuketsuki @ 1:55 pm

*** Originally posted by Chris Hyland of SJS ***

Cancer is a natural consequence of human evolution. Our genes have not developed to give us long and happy lives.

They are optimized to copy themselves into the next generation – irrespective of our personal desires. According to Jarle Breivik, an associate professor at the University of Oslo, Norway, we are therefore unlikely to find a final solution to cancer.

Doing research at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Breivik explores the connection between cancer development and Darwinian evolution. In a recent interview with Scientific American, and the research magazine Apollon, published by the University of Oslo, he concludes that “Cancer is a fundamental consequence of the way we are made. We are temporary colonies made by our genes to propagate themselves to the next generation. The ultimate solution to cancer is that we would have to start reproducing ourselves in a different way.”

Read full article here:
News-Medical.Net: Connection Between Cancer Development And Darwinian Evolution Explored

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