From Cacti to Coral, Cancer is a Part of Life

From Cacti to Coral, Cancer is a Part of Life

March 6, 2019


727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85281


Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

March 27, 2019, 4:00 pm (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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Athena Aktipis, Associate Faculty, Biodesign Center for Computing, Security and Society, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, ASU

Cancer is not unique to humans. All multicellular organisms - from cacti to coral - grapple with this disease. Cancer is linked to the evolution of multicellularity and to the cellular cooperation that enables complex organisms to thrive. When that cellular cooperation breaks down this can lead to cancer. By looking at cancer across the tree of life, we can gain important insights into what cancer is and how we can treat it better. With this perspective we can transform cancer from a disease that threatens our lives to one we can live with, as our multicellular ancestors have for millions of years.

Reception to follow on the Biodesign Building C Patio for the Cactus Garden opening.