Journals Higher Education

$99.00

Paperback

21 March 2002

288 Pages | 12 halftones, 1 map, 5 line illus & 2 color plates

ISBN: 9780192628343


Bookseller Code (06)

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Cancer

The Evolutionary Legacy

Mel Greaves

In this lucid and fascinating book, Mel Greaves argues that evolutionary biology offers a new perspective that can help us unravel the riddle of cancer. Why, for example, have women always had such a raw deal in the cancer stakes? And why are some cancers, such as prostate cancer, increasing in incidence?
Greaves argues that Darwinian selection millions of years ago has endowed our genes and cells with inherently cancerous credentials, and this is exacerbated by our rapid social evolution and exotic behavioral traits that outpace genetic adaptation. The book is full of novel insights, the latest scientific discoveries, and wonderful historical anecdotes. It provides a unique portrait of cancer, past, present, and future.

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