Is This An Old Wives Tale about cancer?

Beverly Erlebacher bae at cs.toronto.edu
Thu Apr 5 18:29:24 EST 2001


In article <GBAuL5.G1B at world.std.com>,
SPHINX Technologies <sphinx at world.std.com> wrote:
>
>Uh, T., you seem to have missed my point here, in your zeal to discredit.
>The POINT is that the reproduction is happening across organism boundaries.
>I.e. the same "random mutations" are happening in, what, 500,000 cancer
>patients each year?...  Or, at any rate, a very tiny number of different
>kinds of "random mutations", compared to what truly random mutation
>ought to come up with.

The truly random mutations do happen all the time, but you never notice
them.  If a cell in your liver mutates to albino, or a lung cell mutates
to hemophilia, or a skin cell mutates to achondroplastic dwarfism, just 
to mention three of the most common sorts of mutation in humans, how
would you detect it?  But if a cell mutates so that it ignores the usual
controls on reproduction, and it divides and divides and causes disease -
well, then you do notice it, don't you?




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