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January 28, 2017, 9:30am
Science On Saturday

PPPL, MBG Auditorium

Science on Saturday: The Physics of Cancer

Professor Robert Austin
Princeton University

Physicists have been recruited to try and assist with the stubbornly constant mortality rates of cancer world-wide over the past 100 years, to challenge the present paradigms. We need to face the fact that about 70% of cancers could be avoided with lifestyle changes, and the strong environmental drivers of cancer. I think we really need to re-think cancer as a complex phenomena which is driven by evolution, may provide fitness for the species and be a product of both the aging of the proteome and the genome. I’ll try to present our own physics-based approaches, informed by evolution and ecology, which we hope can help us understand the fundamental dynamics of cancer progression.

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