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Shows how the origins of cancer are inextricably linked with our evolutionary heritage, and considers the implications of this theory for future research and treatment. A book for the general popular science reader, particularly those with an interest in evolutionary biology and genetics.
Preface; PART I: CANCER - ANCIENT LEGACIES AND MODERN MYTHS; 1. Perplexed? You should be; 2. The King of Naples and other silent witnesses; 3. Questions and answers; PART II: EVOLVING CANCER; 4. Clones, clones, clones; 5. The way we are: risk and restraints; 6. How cancer cells play the winning game; 7. Green-eyed mutations?; 8. Blind chance - and ultimate extinction?; PART III: PARADOXES OF PROGRESS: INDECENT EXPOSURES; 9. Is cancer an evolutionary inevitability?; 10. And then you set fire to it?; 11. Women's troubles; 12. Men's troubles; 13. Cancer a deux; 14. Other ways of getting bugged; 15. Travelling light; 16. Dying for a living; 17. Collateral damage; 18. Finale: compounding risk with bad luck; PART IV: FINESSING THE CLONE; 19. Treatment: the blind marksman; 20. Epilogue: cancer in the 21st century; Index
The more you read of this, the harder it is to put down. Nursing Standard This is a most engaging and accessible book... There are plenty of books on cancer as a disease, but this book is unusual in its focus on the underlying biological principles. Journal of Biological Education Thoroughly recommendable. Microbiology Today