Cancer is an evolved parasite that should not continue to tangle with chromosomes
Cancer patients sometimes feel they have been colonized by a strange bug that robs them of their health and vitality. According to one cell biologist, the feeling is entirely correct: cancer actually evolved from a parasitic species.
Cancer, like parasites, depends on its host, so drugs to treat it can work. And cancer, like parasites, grows as it pleases, wherever it pleases. In addition, cancer chromosomes and hosts are significantly different.
So they are a new species, said by Peter Duesberg, a professor of molecular and cell biology at the university of California, Berkeley.
He believes that existing theories of cancer formation are completely wrong. It is not genetic mutations that cause cells to grow out of control and develop cancer, but tens of thousands of genetic changes that cause the entire chromosome to change dramatically, creating entirely new cells, called cancer cells.
The theory that cancer cells are an entirely new species was first proposed by julians. Huxley in 1956. However, the dominant view is still the mutation theory. However, based on this theory, there has been no breakthrough in gene therapy, which attempts to turn off the genes that cause cancer.
Duesberg hopes his theory will lead to new ways to treat cancer, rather than continue to grapple with the human genome.
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