May 18, 2006 7:22 PM Subscribe
Ive read that cancer can be pretty clever - securing nutrition by releasing hormones which cause the creation of blood vessels, employing various methods of fooling our immune system etc. All these seem (at least to my layman's mind) to be pretty specialized eh... 'behaviors' i guess is the word. My question is, how would they evolve?
posted by Tryptophan-5ht to Science & Nature (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
people with genes for really clever tumors would be much less likely to pass on those genes, and its not as if the cancer can reproduce (aside from metastasizing within the same body).
are all these behaviors that human tissue regularly carry out which would naturally be employed by a tumor?
(for the record, i don't buy into the ID crap. Id love to hear some fundy nut job suggest the god purposefully designed cancer just to give humanity the middle finger)