Why Cancer Is Everywhere


Apr 04, 2018, 6:00 pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Cambridge

Athena Aktipis, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology; Lincoln Professor, Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics; Director, Cooperation and Conflict Lab, Arizona State University

Humans are not alone in their struggle with cancer. All multicellular organisms grapple with this disease because cancer is intricately linked to the evolution of multicellularity and to the systems of cellular cooperation that enable complex organisms to thrive. Evolution underlies the processes that lead cancer cells to overproliferate and overconsume resources as well as their ability to resist aggressive medical treatments. Athena Aktipis will discuss how an evolutionary approach to understanding and treating cancer can transform it from being a disease that threatens our lives to one we can live with, as our multicellular ancestors have for millions of years.

Lecture. Free and open to the public. Presented by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and Harvard Museum of Natural History.
Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.