Canceled: The Cheating Cell: How Evolution Helps Us Understand and Treat Cancer

Canceled: The Cheating Cell: How Evolution Helps Us Understand and Treat Cancer

February 24, 2020

Address

727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Location

Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

March 24, 2020, 12:00 pm (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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Athena Aktipis, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, ASU, Co-Director, Human Generosity Project, Director, Interdisciplinary Cooperation Initiative, ASU

When we think of the forces driving cancer, we don’t necessarily think of evolution. But evolution and cancer are closely linked. The historical processes that created life also created cancer. The Cheating Cell delves into this extraordinary relationship, and shows that by understanding cancer’s evolutionary origins, researchers can come up with more effective, revolutionary treatments. By accepting that cancer is a part of our biological past, present, and future – and that we cannot win a war against evolution – treatments can become smarter, more strategic, and more humane.

Join us in a conversation with cooperation theorist and cancer biologist Athena Aktipis about her new book, The Cheating Cell.

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