A 'New Species?' | GenomeWeb

A 'New Species?'


Researchers' current theory about cancer is that it starts with a handful of mutations and grows from there, says Science 2.0's Gunnar De Winter. But University of California, Berkeley, researcher Peter Duesberg and his colleagues contend that cancer arises from disruptions in the chromosomes, and that this constitutes "a form of speciation," De Winter says. "So, according to this view, cancers are newly evolved species, as they have new chromosomal karyotypes.

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